Jira Software 8.13 Long Term Support release change log

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Jira Software 8.13 is a Long Term Support release, and this change log aims to give you an overview of what's changed in the preceding versions. 

About Long Term Support releases
We recommend upgrading Jira regularly, however if your organisation's process means you only upgrade about once a year, upgrading to a Long Term Support release may be a good option, as it provides continued access to critical security, stability, data integrity and performance issues until this version reaches end of life. 

End of Life policy

Atlassian supports feature versions for two years after the first major iteration of that version was released. Once a version reaches End of Life, you won't be able to receive support for it. Here are the EOL dates for Jira Long Term Support releases.

7.13November 28, 2020

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8.5October 21, 2021
8.13October 5, 2022

Top features

Here's a summary of the great new features awaiting your users.  

All changes are divided according to versions in which they were released, but it doesn't mean you have to upgrade through each version separately. You can go straight from 7.13 or 8.5 to 8.13.

Versions 7.13 to 8.5
7.13
  • Support for AdoptOpenJDK 8
Release Notes
8.0
  • Look and feel: Scrum and Kanban
  • Better email notifications
  • Significant backlogs load faster
  • Dropping Linked pages count to boost performance
  • New priority icons
  • New options in advanced search
  • Massive performance improvements
  • Faster indexing
  • REST API for issue type schemes
Release Notes
8.1
  • Issue archiving (Jira Data Center)
  • Managing old components
  • Development info on issue cards
  • Flexible boards
  • More performance improvements
  • Jira Data Center on Microsoft Azure
  • New JMX metrics
Release Notes
8.2
  • Filters on the Export archived issues page
  • New colors of issue statuses
  • Support for Java 11
  • Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2017
  • Updating apps has never been easier
  • Exporting all the issues you need
Release Notes

8.3

  • Jira Server mobile app
  • Content Delivery Network (CDN) for Jira Data Center
  • AdoptOpenJDK bundled with JIRA
  • List of custom changes after upgrade
  • New filters to search for custom fields
  • Browsing projects is faster now
  • Improvements to batching emails
  • Cluster lock mechanism improved in Data Center
  • Re-indexing made better
Release Notes
8.4
  • Filters to browse archived issues in Jira Data Center
  • Support for Aurora PostgreSQL in Jira Data Center
  • CSV and JSON as the only formats for migrating to Jira
  • Time tracking in bulk edit
  • Accessibility improvements
  • AUI upgrade
  • Tomcat upgrade to version 8.5.42
  • Batching emails set as default
  • External links can open in a new tab
  • Filters in Multi User picker Custom field
Release Notes
8.5
  • No updates
Release Notes
Versions 8.5 to 8.13
8.6
  • Jira copies over files on upgrade
  • Burnup charts in Jira Software
  • Support for PostgreSQL 10
  • Prefix and suffix search
  • Cluster monitoring for Jira DC
Release Notes
8.7
  • Anonymizing users for GDPR compliance
  • Authentication option through OpenID Connect
  • PostgreSQL support
Release Notes
8.8
  • Advanced auditing (Jira Data Center)
  • Dates for future sprints
  • Accessibility improvements
Release Notes
8.9
  • Refreshed velocity chart
  • More accessibility improvements
  • Additions to cluster monitoring
Release Notes
8.10
  • OAuth 2.0 support for incoming mail
  • GDPR compliance improvements
  • Optimized custom fields for Data Center
  • Stale nodes automatically removed in Data Center
Release Notes
8.11
  • Issue detail view optional
  • Improved email notifications about mentions
  • Embedded Crowd upgrade
  • Restricting sprint selection
  • Stale node moved offline configuration option
Release Notes
8.12
  • Improved user picker
  • MySQL 8.0 support
  • Just-in-time user provisioning in Data Center
  • Advanced auditing improvements in Data Center
Release Notes
8.13
  • No updates
Release Notes

Critical bug fixes

Every release contains a bunch of bug fixes. Here's all the ones that were deemed critical  severity and fixed since 7.13. 

Versions 7.13 to 8.5
7.13

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Supported platform changes

From time to time we will add or end support for a platform. Here's a summary of the changes since 7.13. 

7.13

Added support for:

  • AdoptOpenJDK 8
Supported platforms
8.0No changes.Supported platforms
8.1No changes.Supported platforms
8.2

Added support for:

  • Java 11
Supported platforms
8.3

Added support for:

  • Oracle 12c Release 2
Supported platforms
8.4

Added support for:

  • Aurora PostgreSQL for Jira Data Center
Supported platforms
8.5No changesSupported platforms
8.6

Added support for:

  • PostgreSQL 10

Ended support for:

  • Internet Explorer 11
Supported platforms
8.7

Added support for:

  • PostgreSQL 11 and Aurora 3.0 for Jira Data Center
Supported platforms
8.8

Ended support for:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • PostgreSQL 9.4, 9.5
  • Solaris
  • Oracle 12c R1
Supported platforms
8.9No changesSupported platforms
8.10No changesSupported platforms
8.11

Ended support for:

  • Hipchat app (also unbundled from Jira)
Supported platforms
8.12

Ended support for:

  • MySQL 5.6
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014

Added support for:

  • MySQL 8.0
Supported platforms
8.13No changesSupported platforms

Technical upgrade notes

This table is a high-level summary of the upgrade notes, you should read the full upgrade notes before upgrading. 

7.13

Important notes:

  • We've added new parameters to the setenv.sh / .bat file. These can be used to configure the JVM code cache, however the default configuration should be optimal for most Jira instances, so no actions are required.
  • Application log output (atlassian-jira.log) is no longer mirrored in the Tomcat log file, catalina.out, to preserve the disk space.
Upgrade Notes
8.0

Important notes:

  • We've upgraded the Lucene library, which is responsible for the index in Jira. This change improves indexing (and searching), but it also makes your current index incompatible with the new version. That’s nothing to worry about, as you can rebuild the whole index by ‘reindexing’ Jira - an action you would probably run after a normal upgrade anyway. After reindexing, the index will be compatible with any later version.
  • You need to disable apps that are incompatible with Jira 8.0 or upgrade them to compatible versions, if these are available. Incompatible apps might block the upgrade and the Jira startup, because they're using elements that are no longer available or that have changed in the new version, like the Jira index, APIs, or some parts of the UI.
  • ZDU is not available as an upgrade method.
Upgrade Notes
8.1

Important notes:

  • We've added new columns to MySQL tables. This might result is Jira starting slower just after the upgrade.
Upgrade Notes
8.2

Important notes:

  • Java 11 is officially supported.
  • The 32-bit installers are no longer available to download.
  • You can now run Jira with Microsoft SQL Server 2017.
Upgrade Notes
8.3

Important notes:

  • AdoptOpenJDK 8 JRE is now bundled with Jira
  • We're now supporting Oracle 12c Release 2
  • You can now encrypt your database password that is stored in the dbconfig.xml file.
Upgrade Notes
8.4

Important notes:

  • We're now supporting Aurora PostgreSQL for Jira Data Center
  • Due to some security updates you need to review your filter and dashboard permissions.
  • Email notifications are batched by default.
  • Tomcat upgraded to version 8.5.42.
Upgrade Notes
8.5

Important notes:

  • ZDU is not available if you're upgrading from 7.x version.
Upgrade Notes
8.6

Important notes:

  • API change for JXM monitoring
  • Support for PostgreSQL 10
  • New JVM code cache check
  • New information in the audit log
  • Transferring custom modifications from old Jira files
  • Better support for reply emails from Outlook by mailhandlers

Upgrade Notes
8.7

Important notes:

  • PostgreSQL 11 support
  • OpenID Connect support for Jira Data Center
  • Changes in the issue collector
  • Disabling HTML in custom fields description
Upgrade Notes
8.8

Important notes:

  • The new audit log requires that we migrate your current audit log entries. This might take some time, but it will be done in the background.
  • We've enabled Garbage First Garbage Collection (G1 GC) for Jira instances running on Java 11.
Upgrade Notes
8.9

Important notes:

  • New API to help the Versions view load faster

Upgrade Notes
8.10

Important notes:

  • If you're using Google or Microsoft for incoming mail, we recommend that you create an OAuth 2.0 integration, and reconfigure your mail servers and email channels.

Upgrade Notes
8.11

Important notes:

  • We fixed a bug that caused issues removed from sprint not showing in Burndown Chart or Sprint Report. This requires full re-index.
  • We fixed fetching updates from different products in Jira.
  • We upgraded Embedded Crowd in Jira from version 2.0 to 4.0.
  • We upgraded Apache Tomcat from 8.5.50 to 8.5.56.
  • Hipchat got unbundled from Jira.
Upgrade Notes
8.12

Important notes:

  • Known issue: Azure SQL is reported as unsupported
  • Known issue: MySQL 8.0 is reported as misconfigured
  • We've added database password encryption.
  • We've extended API response to look for archived projects.
  • We've added new events in the Advanced audit log for Data Center.
  • We fixed a bug that caused issues removed from sprint not showing in Burndown Chart or Sprint Report. This required full reindex.
Upgrade Notes
8.13

Important notes:

  • OAuth 2.0 integration for Microsoft Exchange Online will be introduced in 8.13.1
  • Document-based replication for Data Center
Upgrade Notes

Upgrade procedure

Upgrading from a previous Long Term Support release?

See our dedicated upgrade guide

Upgrading from a Jira version 8.x.x? 

See Upgrading Jira applications for complete upgrade procedures, including all available upgrade methods and pre-upgrade steps.




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Last modified on Oct 12, 2020

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