How to remove stop words in JIRA's Lucene indexing.

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To provide a workaround guide for removing common words(for each local language) defined as stop words in Lucene's indexing. Removing the stop word would enable searching using the word previously defined as stop word in JIRA.


  1. Stop your JIRA instance.
  2. Locate the jar file <lucene-analyzers-x.x.x.jar> at <jira_installation_directory>/atlassian-jira/WEB-INF/lib.
  3. Copy the jar file to a different location.
  4. Extract the contents of the jar file. It should contain an org and META-INF folder.
  5. In the extracted folder, go to org/apache/lucene/analysis/snowball/ and locate your locale language's <language_stop.txt> file. (This would be the indexing language that you are using for JIRA):
  6. Open the intended file, locate the stop word and remove it. Save the file.
  7. Once done, compress and save the folders as .jar file with the original name.
  8. Rename the original <lucene-analyzers-x.x.x.jar> at <jira_installation_directory>/atlassian-jira/WEB-INF/lib to a different name as backup.
  9. Copy the modified .jar file into <jira_installation_directory>/atlassian-jira/WEB-INF/lib.
  10. Restart JIRA and perform re-indexing.
  11. You should now be able to search using the word in JIRA.

Last modified on Sep 5, 2019

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