JIRA Software 7.1.x release notes

We are thrilled to announce the release of JIRA Software Server 7.1.0, our purpose-built application designed for software teams, now made even better!

From our launch in October 2015, we've worked especially hard to introduce new features and improvements, as well as enhance your experience in JIRA Software. From the highly requested sprint management permissions and the Parallel Sprints feature, to having the ability to reopen sprintsprint issue cards, select a destination for incomplete issuesand add comments to issue flags, we are bringing JIRA Software to a whole new level.

We also know how valuable integration is to your teams, so we've ramped up our integration tools more than ever — now, you can add webhooks for your boards, use Smart Commits with Bitbucket Server, and troubleshoot application links through diagnostics.

We're very much committed to enhancing the overall user experience in JIRA Software, so we improved the project issue view, as well as tidied up the interface to make creating boards and viewing all boards easier for you, and we fixed some report calculations to get more accurate results in your agile reports. Not only that, we also made JIRA admin changes that will further simplify JIRA Software administration.

We're currently working on several powerful features to enable your teams to go beyond just shipping code, so keep an eye out for future releases!


Jason Wong,

Product Manager, JIRA Software

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These release notes are for JIRA Software Server. If you are using JIRA Software Cloud, you can read about the latest changes on the Atlassian Cloud release notes blog.

v7.1.0 - 11 February 2016

The Atlassian JIRA Software team is proud to announce the release of JIRA Software 7.1.0.

This release contains major updates and fixes, focused on providing purpose-built experience for software teams. Upgrading from JIRA or JIRA+JIRA Agile to JIRA Software is free for all customers with active JIRA Software maintenance.

Known bug

We've identified a bug with JIRA platform 7.1 which affects this release. If you've installed or upgraded to this version, and you attempt to install or update an add-on through the Add-ons page, JIRA will report an error. The add-on will be correctly installed, and you will need to perform a restart of JIRA to resume normal operation. The bug should not present itself again. Information on how to stop and restart JIRA can be found on the appropriate operating systems installation guide.

Sprint management permissions

In addressing GHS-5035, JIRA Software now has a new project permission — the 'Manage Sprints' permissionThis new permission will be used instead of the 'Administer Project' permission for the following sprint-related actions:

  • Creating sprints
  • Starting sprints
  • Completing sprints
  • Reopening sprints


  • Reordering future sprints
  • Deleting future sprints
  • Editing sprint information (sprint name and dates)
  • Moving the sprint footer

Note that users will still need the 'Schedule Issue' permission and 'Edit Issue' permission to add issues to and remove issues from sprints.

JIRA Administrators can add users to have the 'Manage Sprints' permission in the Permission Schemes page.


Parallel Sprints out of Labs

Parallel Sprints are no longer just a Labs feature in JIRA Software. If you have two teams working from the same backlog, you can now enable Parallel Sprints in the new JIRA Software configuration page.


Reopening sprints

You can now reopen sprints that have been closed too early, by mistake, or for any other reason. All you need to do is click Reopen Sprint in the Sprint Report of the sprint you want to reopen.


Printing issue cards

Whether you're planning some work or working on some issues on a Scrum or Kanban board, you can now print your issue cards. You can use the printed cards on a physical board, which can be a replica of your board in JIRA Software.

You can print just one issue card, multiple cards, or even all of them in small-, medium-, and large-size prints.


Webhooks for Agile boards

You can now register board-related events for a webhook in JIRA Software. This lets JIRA Software notify your add-ons or web applications whenever a board is created, updated, deleted, or has its configuration changed. Just choose the desired events when creating or updating your webhooks.


Project issue view

The new "project issue view" for JIRA Software gives you an expanded view of any issue, from within the issue navigator of a project.

Just navigate to Issues in the project sidebar, open an issue, and click the  icon or an issue link in an issue...


And the target issue will be displayed like this...


This new view works exactly like the regular issue view (e.g. keyboard shortcuts, pagination, inline editing, etc) but you'll get much more space without losing the project sidebar.


Changes for JIRA administrators

If you administer a JIRA Software instance, make sure you check out the JIRA 7.1.x platform release notes. We've introduced a number of new features and improvements to JIRA administration, which all affect JIRA Software 7.1.0. 


Feature improvements

Of course, that's not everything we've done in this release. We also focused on enhancing existing JIRA Software features, to provide your software teams a more seamless experience.


Sprint Report and Velocity Chart changes

As stated above, we made some changes to the Sprint Report and Velocity Chart calculations. The changes fix inconsistencies in the way values are reported, depending on factors such as:

  • estimated cards brought into a sprint after it had started,
  • unestimated cards brought into a sprint late, and then estimated, and 
  • issues that were re-estimated during a sprint.

These changes ensure all the work your team completes in a sprint is counted in these key performance reports. The Velocity Chart now consistently reports these factors in the completed column for each sprint. The Sprint Report now shows initial values and updated values for each item, and the total completed will be accurate.

The fix applies retrospectively to all reports.


We've baked a new diagnostics experience right in to the Application Links plugin, so it's available straight out of the box – you don't have to install or maintain a separate plugin.

You now get instant visibility into the status of your integrations, and focused diagnostics when things stop working:

Read more about diagnostics for application links.


Smart Commits for Bitbucket Server

JIRA Software now supports Smart Commits for Bitbucket Server. You can now process your JIRA Software issues from Bitbucket Server using Smart Commits.

With Smart Commits, you embed specific commands into your Bitbucket Server commit messages that allow you to:

  • Comment on issues
  • Record time tracking information against issues
  • Transition issues to any status defined in the JIRA Software project's workflow

Read more about using Smart Commits.


And here are more enhancements that we added to existing JIRA Software features, which now give you the ability to:

  • Add comments when flagging issues
  • Select the destination of incomplete issues when completing sprints
  • View and create boards faster
Click here to learn more about each enhancement...
  • Issue flag comments - Flags in issues are an indication that these issues are important for some reason. JIRA Software takes one step further by letting you add comments with flags so you can add that particular reason why you're flagging or unflagging an issue. After adding your comment, it will appear in the Comments section of the issue, with an indication that a flag was added or removed accordingly.

  • Destination selection for incomplete issues - As much as we want to complete all issues in a sprint, there may be times when we can't do this for some reason. When this happens, you can now select the destination where the incomplete issues will be moved — to a future sprint of your choice, or back to the Backlog if you prefer.

  • Improvements in viewing and creating boards - We've simplified how you can view all of the boards in your instance. Previously, you would select Boards (in header) > Manage Boards from the top navigation bar, and this shows the boards you've recently visited. However, if you've just started using JIRA Software and you haven't viewed any boards yet, you'd see an empty 'Recently visited boards' page. Then, you'd have to click All boards just to view the boards in your instance. We've removed that extra step and modified the top navigation bar — now, you would simply select Boards (in header) > View All Boards to view all of the boards in your instance.

    In relation to that, we've also introduced more convenient ways to create boards:
    • If you're using JIRA Software for the first time, or you're creating a board from Boards (in header) > View All Boards, your board's name will be automatically based on your project key. But don't worry — you can still rename your board via the 'Board Configuration' screen.
    • One for the developers out there — If you've been using the JIRA Agile REST API to work with boards in JIRA Software, you'll be happy to know that you can now create boards via the REST API. Check out the new 'Create board' method in the REST API documentation, and you'll be whipping up new boards in no time at all.

v7.1.1 - 2 March 2016

This is a minor feature improvement and bug fix release. 

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v7.1.2 - 16 March 2016

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v7.1.4 - 6 April 2016

This is a minor feature improvement and bug fix release. Note, 7.1.3 was not released to the public.

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Known bug

We've identified a bug which affects this release. If you've installed or upgraded to this version, you may encounter problems if you're currently using the Road Map gadget in your dashboard. You won't be able to add the Road Map gadget to your dashboard as well. For more information, please refer to JSW-13503 - Getting issue details... STATUS .

v7.1.5 - 22 April 2016 - Canceled

This release has been canceled due to a bug that affects MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server databases. We are working on resolving this issue for our next release. For more information on the bug you can view JRA-60729 - Getting issue details... STATUS .

This bug only affects customers using Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL databases. If you are not using either of these databases, you will not be affected by this bug. Should you need further assistance please do reach out to us at https://support.atlassian.com.

v7.1.6 - 5 May 2016

This release contains an update to our analytics. The update includes an option which allows Atlassian to present a Net Promoter Score (NPS) question and a short survey to users regarding their JIRA application experience. When you first install this release, you'll be presented with a statement regarding the update to the analytics, and you'll be able to decide whether to enable or disable this feature. If you'd prefer to enable or disable the feature at a later date, you can do so by selecting  > System, and then selecting Analytics in the Advanced section of the sidebar. The feedback we gather will be used to help us improve the user experience for all our customers.

This is a minor feature improvement and bug fix release.

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v7.1.7 - 18 May 2016

This is a minor release and does not include any fixes or features.

v7.1.8 - 20 June 2016

This is a minor feature improvement and bug fix release. 

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If you update JIRA Software 7.1.8 through the Application page in JIRA, you will only have access to the bugfixes listed above. If you upgrade your instance to JIRA Software 7.1.8 using the full installer, this will include the JIRA Core 7.1.8 update.

v7.1.9 - 06 July 2016

This is a minor feature improvement and bug fix release. 

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If you update JIRA Software 7.1.9 through the Application page in JIRA, you will only have access to the bugfixes listed above. If you upgrade your instance to JIRA Software 7.1.9 using the full installer, this will include the JIRA Core 7.1.9 update.

v7.1.10 - 16 September 2016

This release includes a fix for the critical security vulnerability advised in JIRA and HipChat for JIRA plugin Security Advisory 2016-09-21

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