Disable relative dates in JIRA applications

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Problem

When working in JIRA applications, relative dates like "Today" or "Yesterday" are not always practical for teams. In these cases, you may want to disable your JIRA application's relative date formatting and simply show standard date formats.

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Resolution

If you're running JIRA 4.4+

  1. Shut down your JIRA applications
  2. Navigate to $JIRA_HOME
  3. Edit the file: jira-config.properties - See How to edit the jira-config.properties file
    1. If this file does not exist, create it
    2. You can find more information on this specific file in Advanced JIRA Configuration - Atlassian Documentation
  4. Add the following line:

    jira.lf.date.relativize = false
  5. Save the file

  6. Restart your JIRA applications

If you're running JIRA 4.3 or earlier

  1. You'll want to instead modify the file: jira-application.properties
    1. located in $JIRA_INSTALL/atlassian-jira/WEB-INF/classes/
  2. Locate jira.lf.date.relativize
  3. Set to false

Description When working in JIRA applications, relative dates like "Today" or "Yesterday" are not always practical for teams. In these cases, you may want to disable your JIRA application's relative date formatting and simply show standard date formats.
Product Jira
Platform Server
Last modified on Oct 12, 2018

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