Jira applications overview

Jira application overview

The Jira family of applications are built on the Jira platform. Jira Core is the default application of the Jira platform, and is always there in a Jira instance. You may also choose to include other applications, like 

Jira Software

 and Jira Service Desk. A person, depending on their role, may need access to one, all, or any combination of these applications.

Application features and project types

Each application delivers a tailored experience for its users, and has an associated project type, which in turn offers application-specific features. Below is a list of the project types, and their associated application-specific features.

Application Project type Application specific feature set
Jira Core Business projects
  • Available to all licensed users

Jira Software

Software projects
  • Integration with development tools
  • Agile boards
  • Release hub for software versions
Jira Service Desk Service Desk projects
  • Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
  • A customizable web portal for customers
  • Permission schemes allowing customer access

All users that can log in to a Jira instance can see all the projects in that instance (pending permissions), but they will only be able to see the application-specific features when they have application access. For example, a Software project is able to display information from linked development tools, such as Bitbucket and Fisheye, as well as agile boards, but this information is only viewable by a

Jira Software

 user. A Jira Core user would be able to see the Software project, but wouldn't be able to see the Software-specific features, like agile boards or the information from linked development tools. Likewise, a

Jira Software

 user wouldn't be able to see any Jira Service Desk application-specific features on a Service Desk project—they only see a basic view of the project and its issues.

  • Only a Jira administrator can create a project for an installed application. They don't need application access to create the project, but they do need application access if they'd like to view or use the project.
  • Anonymous users will have access equivalent to Jira Core users. In other words, they can view issues and work in any type of project, but they won't see application-specific features like agile boards, which are 

    Jira Software

    -specific features. To find out how to allow anonymous users access to projects, see Managing anonymous or public access.


Here's a list of the applications, their user roles, and their project's application-specific features:

    Jira Core

Jira Software

Jira Service Desk
      Jira-Core-user Jira-Software-user Jira-ServiceDesk-agent Customers


Project level Create (tick) (tick) (tick) (error)
View (tick) (tick) (tick) (error)
Issue level

Create (tick) (tick) (tick) (error)
View (tick) (tick) (tick) (error)
Comment (tick) (tick) (tick) (error)
Transition (tick) (tick) (tick) (error)
Jira Gadgets View (tick) (tick) (tick) (error)


Project level Create (error) (tick) (error) (error)
View (tick) (tick) (tick) (error)
Issue level

Create (tick) (tick) (tick) (error)
View (tick) (tick) (tick) (error)
Comment (tick) (tick) (tick) (error)
Transition (tick) (tick) (tick) (error)
View Development
(tick) (tick) (tick) (error)
View Release information (error) (tick) (error) (error)
Board level Create (error) (tick) (error) (error)
View (error) (tick) (error) (error)
Jira Software gadgets View (error) (tick) (error) (error)

Service Desk

Project level Create (error) (error) (tick) (error)


(tick) (tick) (tick) (tick)
Issue level

Create (error) (error) (tick) (tick)
View (tick) (tick) (tick) (tick)
Comment (tick) (tick) (tick) (tick)
Transition (error) (error) (tick) (error)
SLA level Create (error) (error) (tick) (error)
View (error) (error) (tick) (error)
Queue level Create (error) (error) (tick) (error)
View (error) (error) (tick) (error)
Jira Service Desk gadgets View (error) (error) (tick) (error)

Last modified on Jan 19, 2018

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