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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:



(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

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

7.3
  • Project-level administration.
    Delegate some admin responsibilities to project-level admins, allowing them to edit workflows.
  • Rich text editing, or 'what you see is what you get'.
  • Single sign-on for Data Center, enabled by default.
  • Zero downtime upgrades for Data Center.
Release Notes
7.4
  • Extended project-level administration.
    Project-level admins get more privileges when editing workflows and can also edit project's screens. You can also disable this feature.
  • Backlog for your Kanban projects.
  • Exporting issues to HTML.
  • In-app notifications to help you stay up-to-date with license renewals, new versions, and critical changes.
  • Garbage collection logs enabled by default to help you and our Support teams troubleshoot your issues.
Release Notes
7.5
  • Improved Kanban backlog: versions and epics panels to let you better manage your releases.
  • Sprint goals: add goals to your sprints to let your team know what you want to achieve.
  • Renaming and deleting inactive or closed sprints.
  • Jira Software Data Center on Microsoft Azure.
  • Events for creating and deleting issue links.
  • Syntax highlighting for additional 25 languages.
  • New Czech, Estonian, Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Romanian, Slovak, and Polish language packs.

Release Notes
7.6
  • Project-specific priorities.
  • Live monitoring of your Jira instance with JMX.
  • Subtasks drag 'n' drop.
  • X-Frame-Options to prevent clickjacking.
Release Notes
7.7
  • REST API to manage priority schemes outside of the user interface
  • Italian and Finnish language packs
Release Notes
7.8
  • Quick search that shows instant results, and displays your recent work if you're not searching.
  • Dutch language pack.
Release Notes
7.9
  • Improved Kanban boards showing only recently modified issues in the Done column.
  • Searching through versions with a wildcard.
  • Choosing delimiters when exporting your issues to CSV.
  • Disabling empty JQL queries to avoid performance issues with empty filters.
  • New events in the audit log.
  • Asynchronous cache replication in Jira Data Center.
  • IPv6 support for MySQL databases.
Release Notes
7.10
  • New look and feel for Jira, including the first wave of changes to the most frequently used pages.
  • Archiving inactive or completed projects (Data Center).
  • New events in the audit log.
  • Case-insensitive labels.
  • Quick start guide for Jira Data Center.
  • Sending Jira notifications to Stride rooms and conversations.
Release Notes
7.11
  • Support for IPv6
  • New columns on the Projects page (Issues, Last issue update)
  • Development information available in Basic Search
  • Apache Tomcat 8.5.29
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 7.2. 

7.3

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7.4

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7.5

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7.6*

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7.6 is a designated Enterprise Release, meaning it offers backported critical security, stability, data integrity, and performance fixes while this version is supported. Read more about Enterprise Releases here

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7.7

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7.8

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7.9

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7.10

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7.11

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Technical upgrade notes

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

Due to a known bug in MySQL 5.7 we strongly recommend upgrading to MySQL version 5.7.21 or later before upgrading Jira to versions 7.7 or later.

7.3

Important notes:

  • If you're planning to use MySQL 5.7.6 or later, you'll need to grant your database user an extra permission (REFERENCE).
  • If you're running Jira over SSL, you'll need to update your server.xml with the correct protocol because of the Apache Tomcat upgrade.
  • We've disabled automatic XML backups. Use your native database tools to create a backup.
Upgrade Notes
7.4

Important notes:

  • New options added to the startup files to enable garbage collection. Just a heads up, no actions required.
Upgrade Notes
7.5

Important notes:

  • New JDBC driver for Microsoft SQL Server requires a new URL. If you didn't modify the original URL, you can fix it with Jira configuration tool. If you customized the URL, you might need to change it manually.
Upgrade Notes
7.6

Important notes:

  • Changes to priority schemes (project-specific priorities feature) will not affect your current configuration.
  • We're no longer shipping the Oracle JDBC driver with Jira. You'll need to download it from the Oracle site and move to the /lib directory in the Jira installation directory.

Known issues:

  • A fix for duplicated job IDs requires extra steps in some instances, just to be sure (checking the database if the index was created; restarting your Jira instance.)
Upgrade Notes
7.7

Important notes:

  • Oracle JDBC driver is no longer shipped with Jira. You'll need to download it from the Oracle website, and copy to your Jira installation directory (/lib).

Known issues:

  • A fix for duplicated job IDs requires extra steps in some instances, just to be sure (checking the database if the index was created; restarting your Jira instance.)
Upgrade Notes
7.8

Important notes:

  • Oracle JDBC driver is no longer shipped with Jira. You'll need to download it from the Oracle website, and copy to your Jira installation directory (/lib).
Upgrade Notes
7.9

Important notes:

  • Jira Data Center changes cache replication to asynchronous. No immediate actions are required, but make sure you read about this change, and check whether you need to provide extra disk space in the local home directory on each node.
Upgrade Notes
7.10 No important changes. Upgrade Notes
7.11

Important notes:

  • We've upgraded Apache Tomcat to 8.5.29. There might be some changes to Tomcat config files, so make sure you don't copy the old files to the new Jira version. See upgrade notes for details.
  • We support IPv6, but recommend that you use the mixed mode (IPv4 + IPv6). If your systems are IPv6 only, with IPv4 disabled, some Jira features won't work.
Upgrade Notes

Supported platform changes

From time to time we will add or end support for a platform. Here's a summary of the changes since 7.2. 

7.3

Added support for:

  • MySQL 5.7
  • PostgreSQL 9.5
  • Apache Tomcat 8.5.6 (replacing 8.0.33)
Supported platforms
7.4

Added support for:

  • PostgreSQL 9.6

Ended support for:

  • PostgreSQL 9.2
Supported platforms
7.5 No changes. Supported platforms
7.6 No changes. Supported platforms
7.7 No changes. Supported platforms
7.8 No changes. Supported platforms
7.9

Added support for:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016
Supported platforms
7.10 No changes. Supported platforms
7.11

Added support for:

  • Apache Tomcat 8.5.29 (replacing 8.5.6)
Supported platforms

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.

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 Jul 13, 2018

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