Jira Core 9.7.x release notes

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Upgrading from 8.x to 9.x triggers full Jira reindex that causes some downtime during the process. If you’re on 8.x now, make sure you’ve estimated the downtime and set the best time for the upgrade.

Learn more about how to handle full reindex and estimate downtime


Read the upgrade notes for important info about this release and see the full list of issues resolved.

 Compatible applications

If you're looking for compatible Jira applications, look no further:

 Good to know

If you're thinking to move to Data Center, check our recommendations first. See: Infrastructure recommendations for Jira.

Get notified about active sprints when deleting a board with them

In previous versions, when you were deleting a scrum board, you couldn’t know if it contained any active sprints or not. This information wasn’t clear from the notification you got before the deletion. As a result, you could lose the data on currently running sprints and had no explicit workaround to restore it.

In Jira 9.7, we’ve updated the notification that appears when you want to delete a scrum board.

In the notification, we’ll show you the list of active sprints the board contains and recommend that you complete them before deleting the board. At the same time, we don’t block the deletion of the board.

When you close the active sprints the board contains, you can safely proceed with deleting it. So you won’t lose the teamwork done during the sprints and won’t have to restore the data.

Fixed validation for required custom fields of the Select list (cascading) type

We’ve fixed the validation for custom fields of the Select list (cascading) type when they’re set as required. Now, when you're creating or editing issues, Jira checks if a mandatory custom field of this type in them contains enabled and correctly related parent and child options. If not, you won’t be able to save an issue or changes to it.

The validation ensures that the hierarchy of the field’s options is preserved and displayed correctly in the issue view. A custom field of the Select list (cascading) type passes the validation when:

  • The field has a parent option without child options, the parent is enabled and set as the field’s value.

  • The field has a parent option with child options, the parent and at least one child are enabled, and both the parent and the enabled child are set as the field’s values.

Required custom fields of the other types are validated according to the regular scenario: a required field passes the validation if it contains at least one value.

Learn more about the validation for required custom fields

Configuring contexts for custom fields: new design, enhanced functionality

Your feedback has always been fuel for any Jira improvements, helping us to work on things that really matter and bring value to your everyday work. This time, we’re glad to announce improvements long-awaited by Jira admins - we’ve revamped the whole experience of configuring custom field contexts.

Meet a brand-new design and enhanced functionality, as we’ve been working hard to ensure you’re getting a quick, efficient, and predictable interaction with the feature, achieving more in less time. Let’s get it uncovered!

  • Use search to quickly find what you’re looking for. No more scrolling through long lists of issue types and projects, even if it’s just one item you need to select.
  • Easily add or remove items from the context by dragging and dropping those between lists. Or simply use Add or Remove buttons, and have it done.
  • Avoid repetitive manual steps with the multi-select functionality. Select while holding the Shift key to choose multiple items at one go.
  • No more worries about misclicks. Once you add items to the needed list, clicking outside that list won’t clear the selection.
  • Validate your changes in a glimpse as all newly added items now appear in a separate Just added section. No matter how many items you’ve added to the context, all new selections will stand out.
  • Is it “context” or “Custom field configuration scheme”? No more guesses as we make the terminology consistent throughout the app and documentation. We want to keep things simple and clear, so Context it is.

Take a look at this demo to get quickly familiar with the updates, and try it yourself.

Learn more about custom field contexts

Take index snapshots with one click

Jira admins can now create index snapshots on a given node with a single click at any time. This is helpful when, for example, you want to create an index backup before the Jira reindex. No more need for a cumbersome workaround with a manually scheduled service.

This improvement doesn’t replace default scheduled index snapshots.

To take an index snapshot manually:

  1. Go to Administration > System.
  2. In the left-side panel, select Indexing.
  3. On the Indexing page, go to Create new index snapshot and select Create index snapshot.

Take an index snapshot manually

End of support announcements

SQL Server 2016

In Jira 9.7, we’re permanently removing support for SQL Server 2016. End of support means that we won’t fix bugs related to this platform in Jira 9.7 and later.

At the same time, we continue supporting SQL Server 2017 and SQL Server 2019.

Java 8

We’re planning to stop supporting Java 8 in upcoming releases. You can use it with Jira 9.7 until we announce the deprecation of Java 8.

Follow the updates in supported platforms and the announcements about the end of platform support.

Known issues

This is a known issues in JMX monitoring.

We're using a black deserialization filter based on ObjectInputFilter from JVM. If you miss appropriate classes in your classpath based on the Java version, your Jira node won’t be started.

We’re working to release a fix for this issue in the upcoming versions. For now, we recommend checking the following classes in your JDK:

  • For JDK 8: ensure the class sun.misc.ObjectInputFilter is in your classpath.
  • For JDK 11 and later: ensure the class java.io.ObjectInputFilter is in your classpath.

For updates, reference Jira Software release notes.

Resolved issues

Last modified on Mar 20, 2023

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