Set the timezone for the Java environment

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Functionality within Jira applications may be reliant upon the timezone that is configured for the Java environment. The timezone value will be picked up by default from the operating system, however it is possible to alter this default by passing an additional parameter to the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

The timezone can be edited by changing the server clock on the server that is running JAVA or changing the properties as explained below.

Changing the Timezone

The value of the timezone can be altered with the below JVM argument, which is set as per our Setting Properties and Options on Startup documentation. The below example would be used to set it for America/Chicago:


(info) The List of TZ Database Time Zones documentation on Wikipedia contains further information on the different Timezones that can be set.

Example Timezones

Los AngelesAmerica/Los_Angeles
New YorkAmerica/New_York
Last modified on Sep 25, 2019

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