JIRA Software upgrade matrix

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Need help deciding which version of JIRA Software to upgrade to? Use this matrix to compare version features, critical bug fixes, supported platforms, and technical upgrade procedures.  We've also outlined specific upgrade paths to make your upgrade as seamless as possible.

The below upgrade matrix should help serve as a starting point when researching which version of JIRA Software is right for your team. We would love all of our customers to be on the latest and greatest versions of our products so they can benefit from all of the new features and bug fixes. But, we know it's not always realistic due to compatibility with plug-ins, add-ons, and resource constraints from an IT perspective.

Here you'll find all of the supported versions of JIRA Software including:

  • Top features
  • Critical bug fixes 
  • Supported platforms
  • Technical upgrade notes


(info) We recommend reading through the Upgrade best practices guide before proceeding with your upgrade. This document will go over each step of the upgrade process and point to detailed documentation and additional resources. Looking for the condensed version? Check out the Upgrade checklist for a complete list of action items.

Top Features

7.3

7.4

7.5

7.6

7.7

  • Ability for project admins to customize the project workflow
  • Option to disable add-ons before startup to help troubleshoot post-upgrade
  • Rich-text editing on by default for all users




  • Kanban Backlog (Kanplan): a dedicated backlog view in your Kanban project to plan, prioritize, delete and move issues
  • Project admin enhancements to edit fields while global admins can track changes



  • Epics and Versions panels (filters) have been added to the Kanban backlog.
  • You can now rename and delete sprints, as well as add a goal to a sprint.
  • You can split issues into several smaller ones.
  • Priority schemes allow you to choose different priorities for your projects
  • JMX monitoring brings live monitoring of your JIRA instance by using MBeans
  • REST API for managing priority schemes outside of the UI.
7.3 Release Notes 7.4 Release Notes 7.5 Release Notes 7.6 Release Notes 7.7 Release Notes

Critical Bug Fixes







All 7.3.x Bug Fixes All 7.4 Bug Fixes All 7.5 Bug Fixes All 7.6 Bug Fixes All 7.7 Bug Fixes

Supported Platforms

7.3 Supported Platforms 7.4 Supported Platforms 7.5 Supported Platforms 7.6 Supported Platforms 7.7 Supported Platforms

Technical Upgrade Notes

(info) An additional step is required if running JIRA on MySQL 5.7.6 or above or had configured SSL on an older version of JIRA. More detail here.

Upgrading from 7.1 or 7.2 - No known issues (tick)

Upgrading from 7.0.x - There is a known issue regarding gadgets. Workaround described here.

Upgrading from 6.4 or earlier - Consult the Migration Hub.

Upgrading from 7.1, 7.2, or 7.3 - No known issues. (tick)

Upgrading from 7.0.x - There is a known issue regarding gadgets. Workaround described here.

Upgrading from 6.4 or earlier - Consult the Migration Hub.



(info) Microsoft SQL Server users: We've shipped a new JDBC driver. You'll need to run the JIRA config tool after the upgrade to update the JDBC URL. More details here.

Upgrading from 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, or 7.4 - No known issues.

Upgrading from 7.0.x - There is a known issue regarding gadgets. Workaround described here.

Upgrading from 6.4 or earlier - Consult the Migration Hub.

Upgrading from 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, or 7.4 - No known issues.

Upgrading from 7.0.x - There is a known issue regarding gadgets. Workaround described here.

Upgrading from 6.4 or earlier - Consult the Migration Hub.

Upgrading from 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, or 7.4 - There is a known issue related to the fix for duplicated Job IDs. See upgrade notes for details. 

Upgrading from 7.0.x - There is a known issue regarding gadgets. Workaround described here.

Upgrading from 6.4 or earlier - Consult the Migration Hub.

Preparing for 7.3 Upgrade Preparing for 7.4 Upgrade Preparing for 7.5 Upgrade Preparing for 7.6 Upgrade 7.7 Upgrade Notes

Upgrade Now

(info) Upgrading from a version earlier than 7.0? Check out the Migration hub for upgrade details .

We recommend doing this as soon as possible, as these versions are no longer supported per our End of Life Policy.

(JIRA Software 7.0 will no longer be supported after October 6, 2017)

If you are upgrading from an earlier version of JIRA Software and JIRA Agile, you will need to upgrade to JIRA Software 7.0 before upgrading to a later version.

Last modified on Jan 16, 2018

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