Jira applications overview
Jira Service Desk licensing overview
The Jira family of applications (Jira Software, Jira Service Desk, Jira Core) are built on the Jira platform and can be used in any combination on the same instance. Depending on your setup, users can be licensed to one, all, or any combination of these applications. Read on to understand how Jira Service Desk licensing and roles affect what agents, customers, and other Jira application users can do.
Application features and project types
Each application delivers a tailored experience for its users, and has an associated project type, which in turn offers application-specific features. Below is a list of the project types, and their associated application-specific features.
|Application||Project type||Application specific feature set|
|Jira Core||Business projects||
|Jira Service Desk||Service Desk projects||
All users that can log in to a Jira instance can see all the projects in that instance (pending permissions), but they will only be able to see the application-specific features when they have application access. For example, a Software project is able to display information from linked development tools, such as Bitbucket and Fisheye, as well as agile boards, but this information is only viewable by a
Jira Softwareuser. A Jira Core user would be able to see the Software project, but wouldn't be able to see the Software-specific features, like agile boards or the information from linked development tools. Likewise, a
Jira Softwareuser wouldn't be able to see any Jira Service Desk application-specific features on a Service Desk project—they only see a basic view of the project and its issues.
- Only a Jira administrator can create a project for an installed application. They don't need application access to create the project, but they do need application access if they'd like to view or use the project.
- Anonymous users will have access equivalent to Jira Core users. In other words, they can view issues and work in any type of project, but they won't see application-specific features like agile boards, which are
Jira Software-specific features. To find out how to allow anonymous users access to projects, see Managing anonymous or public access.
Here's a list of the applications, their user roles, and their project's application-specific features:
|Jira Service Desk|
|Jira Service Desk gadgets||View|