Can't Link to Local Files from within JIRA

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It's not possible to link to a local file from within JIRA using afile://URL.


Modern browsers have security features that prevent linking from remote web pages to local content. URLs that begin with thefile://URI Scheme can only be loaded directly (by typing them into the location bar) or from pages that are loaded using thefile://URI scheme.


Atlassian recommended workaround:
Add the content to an issue as an attachment or set up a local web server that can host the content using another protocol which won't trigger this error (http://,https://,ftp://, etc.).

Alternative workarounds:

  1. You can disable this behavior in some versions of Firefox, as outlined in this blog post.
  2. There is a registry setting for Internet Explorer that prevents sites outside the local trusted zone from accessing content within it (such asfile://URLs). For more details, please review this Microsoft KB article.

  3. Opera disables linking from web sites to local files, and does not provide a setting to configure this behavior. Consult the Opera documentation for possible workarounds.


Atlassian has no plans to implement this in JIRA. Use the workarounds above.

Last modified on Mar 26, 2020

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