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Jira Software Data Center helps the world’s best agile teams plan, track, and release great software at scale.

Jira Service Management Data Center is an enterprise ITSM solution that offers high availability, meeting your security and compliance needs so no request goes unresolved.

Jira Core is a project and task management solution built for business teams.

This Docker container makes it easy to get an instance of Jira Software, Service Management or Core up and running.

Note: Jira Software will be referenced in the examples provided.

Use docker version >= 20.10.10

Quick Start

For the JIRA_HOME directory that is used to store application data (amongst other things) we recommend mounting a host directory as a data volume, or via a named volume.

Additionally, if running Jira in Data Center mode it is required that a shared filesystem is mounted. The mount point (inside the container) can be configured with JIRA_SHARED_HOME.

To get started you can use a data volume, or named volumes. In this example we'll use named volumes.

docker volume create --name jiraVolume
docker run -v jiraVolume:/var/atlassian/application-data/jira --name="jira" -d -p 8080:8080 atlassian/jira-software

Jira is now available on http://localhost:8080.

Please ensure your container has the necessary resources allocated to it. We recommend 2GiB of memory allocated to accommodate the application server. See System Requirements for further information.

If you are using docker-machine on Mac OS X, please use open http://$(docker-machine ip default):8080 instead.

Configuring Jira

This Docker image is intended to be configured from its environment; the provided information is used to generate the application configuration files from templates. This allows containers to be repeatably created and destroyed on-the-fly, as required in advanced cluster configurations. Most aspects of the deployment can be configured in this manner; the necessary environment variables are documented below. However, if your particular deployment scenario is not covered by these settings, it is possible to override the provided templates with your own; see the section Advanced Configuration below.

Verbose container entrypoint logging

During the startup process of the container, various operations and checks are performed to ensure that the application is configured correctly and ready to run. To help in troubleshooting and to provide transparency into this process, you can enable verbose logging. The VERBOSE_LOGS environment variable enables detailed debug messages to the container's log, offering insights into the actions performed by the entrypoint script.

  • VERBOSE_LOGS (default: false)

Set to true to enable detailed debug messages during the container initialization.

Memory / Heap Size

If you need to override Jira's default memory allocation, you can control the minimum heap (Xms) and maximum heap (Xmx) via the below environment variables.

  • JVM_MINIMUM_MEMORY (default: 384m)

The minimum heap size of the JVM

  • JVM_MAXIMUM_MEMORY (default: 768m)

The maximum heap size of the JVM

  • JVM_RESERVED_CODE_CACHE_SIZE (default: 512m)

    The reserved code cache size of the JVM

Reverse Proxy Settings

If Jira is run behind a reverse proxy server (e.g. a load-balancer or nginx server) as described here, then you need to specify extra options to make Jira aware of the setup. They can be controlled via the below environment variables.

  • ATL_PROXY_NAME (default: NONE)

The reverse proxy's fully qualified hostname. CATALINA_CONNECTOR_PROXYNAME is also supported for backwards compatability.

  • ATL_PROXY_PORT (default: NONE)

The reverse proxy's port number via which Jira is accessed. CATALINA_CONNECTOR_PROXYPORT is also supported for backwards compatability.

  • ATL_TOMCAT_PORT (default: 8080)

The port for Tomcat/Jira to listen on. Depending on your container deployment method this port may need to be exposed and published.

  • ATL_TOMCAT_SCHEME (default: http)

The protocol via which Jira is accessed. CATALINA_CONNECTOR_SCHEME is also supported for backwards compatability.

  • ATL_TOMCAT_SECURE (default: false)

Set 'true' if ATL_TOMCAT_SCHEME is 'https'. CATALINA_CONNECTOR_SECURE is also supported for backwards compatability.


The context path the application is served over. CATALINA_CONTEXT_PATH is also supported for backwards compatability.


Checks for the existence of request attributes (typically set by the RemoteIpValve and similar) that should be used to override the values returned by the request for remote address, remote host, server port and protocol. This property is usually combined with ATL_TOMCAT_TRUSTEDPROXIES and ATL_TOMCAT_INTERNALPROXIES to show IP address of the remote host instead of the load balancer's. If not declared, the default value of false will be used.


A list of IP addresses separated by a pipe character e.g.|
Trusted proxies that appear in the remoteIpHeader will be trusted and will appear in the proxiesHeader value. By adding a list of Trusted Proxies, Confluence will remove the load balancers' IP addresses from Confluence's view of the incoming connection. This could be desired in a clustered load balancer architecture where the load balancer address changes depending on which node proxies the connection. If not specified, no trusted proxies will be trusted.


A list of IP addresses separated by a pipe character e.g.|
Trusted proxies that appear in the remoteIpHeader will be trusted and will not appear in the proxiesHeader value. By adding a list of Internal Proxies, Confluence will remove the load balancers' IP addresses from Confluence's view of the incoming connection. This could be desired in a clustered load balancer architecture where the load balancer address changes depending on which node proxies the connection. If not specified, no internal proxies will be trusted.

The following Tomcat/Catalina options are also supported. For more information, see

  • ATL_TOMCAT_MGMT_PORT (default: 8005)
  • ATL_TOMCAT_MAXTHREADS (default: 100)
  • ATL_TOMCAT_ENABLELOOKUPS (default: false)
  • ATL_TOMCAT_PROTOCOL (default: HTTP/1.1)
  • ATL_TOMCAT_ACCEPTCOUNT (default: 10)

Access Log Settings

You can set the maximum number of days for access logs to be retained before being deleted. The default value of -1 means never delete old files.


JVM configuration

If you need to pass additional JVM arguments to Jira, such as specifying a custom trust store, you can add them via the below environment variable


Additional JVM arguments for Jira


docker run -e -v jiraVolume:/var/atlassian/application-data/jira --name="jira" -d -p 8080:8080 atlassian/jira-software

Jira-specific settings

  • ATL_AUTOLOGIN_COOKIE_AGE (default: 1209600; two weeks, in seconds)

The maximum time a user can remain logged-in with 'Remember Me'.

S3 Avatars storage configuration

Starting with Jira 9.9, you can configure Jira to store avatar files in Amazon S3. For requirements and additional information, please refer to Configuring Amazon S3 Object Storage.


Bucket name to store avatars.


AWS region where the S3 bucket is located.


Override the default AWS API endpoint with a custom one (optional).

Database configuration

It is optionally possible to configure the database from the environment, avoiding the need to do so through the web startup screen.

The following variables are all must all be supplied if using this feature:


The database URL; this is database-specific.


The database user to connect as.


The password for the database user.


The JDBC driver class; supported drivers are:

  • com.mysql.jdbc.Driver
  • oracle.jdbc.OracleDriver
  • org.postgresql.Driver

The driver must match the DB type (see next entry).


The type of database; valid supported values are:

  • mssql
  • mysql
  • mysql57
  • mysql8
  • oracle10g
  • postgres72
MySQL supportability

mysql is only supported for versions prior to 8.13, and mysql57 and mysql8 are only supported after. See the 8.13.x upgrade instructions for details.

The following variables may be optionally supplied when configuring the database from the environment:


The schema name of the database. Depending on the value of ATL_DB_TYPE, the following default values are used if no schema name is specified:

  • mssql: dbo
  • mysql: NONE
  • mysql57: NONE
  • mysql8: NONE
  • oracle10g: NONE
  • postgres72: public
MySQL or Oracle JDBC drivers

Due to licensing restrictions Jira does not ship with MySQL or Oracle JDBC drivers. To use these databases you will need to copy a suitable driver into the container and restart it. For example, to copy the MySQL driver into a container named "jira", you would do the following:

docker cp mysql-connector-java.x.y.z.jar jira:/opt/atlassian/jira/lib

docker restart jira

For more information see the page Startup check: JIRA database driver missing.

Optional database settings


Encryption class for the database password. Depending on the secret class, the value of ATL_JDBC_PASSWORD will differ. Defaults to plaintext.

Starting from 9.11 AWS SecretsManager is supported.

IMPORTANT: to start using password encryption for Jira instances that have already been set up, make sure ATL_FORCE_CFG_UPDATE is set to true which will force the image entrypoint to regenerate dbconfig.xml with the new properties. Other database environment variables must be also set in the container:

docker run -v jiraVolume:/var/atlassian/application-data/jira --name='jira' -d -p 8080:8080 \
  -e ATL_JDBC_URL=jdbc:postgresql:// \
  -e ATL_JDBC_USER='jira' -e ATL_DB_DRIVER='org.postgresql.Driver' \
  -e ATL_DB_TYPE='postgres72' \
  -e ATL_JDBC_PASSWORD='{"region": "us-east-1", "secretId": "mysecret", "secretPointer": "/password"}' \
  -e ATL_FORCE_CFG_UPDATE='true' atlassian/jira-software

The following variables are for the Tomcat JDBC connection pool, and are optional. For more information on these see:

  • ATL_DB_MAXIDLE (default: 20)
  • ATL_DB_MAXWAITMILLIS (default: 30000)
  • ATL_DB_MINIDLE (default: 10)
  • ATL_DB_POOLMAXSIZE (default: 100)
  • ATL_DB_POOLMINSIZE (default: 20)
  • ATL_DB_REMOVEABANDONED (default: true)
  • ATL_DB_TESTONBORROW (default: false)
  • ATL_DB_TESTWHILEIDLE (default: true)
  • ATL_DB_VALIDATIONQUERY (default: select 1)

The following settings only apply when using the Postgres driver:

  • ATL_DB_KEEPALIVE (default: true)
  • ATL_DB_SOCKETTIMEOUT (default: 240)

The following settings only apply when using the MySQL driver:


Data Center configuration

This docker image can be run as part of a Data Center cluster. You can specify the following properties to start Jira as a Data Center node, instead of manually configuring a file, See Installing Jira Data Center for more information on each property and its possible configuration.

Cluster configuration

Jira Software and Jira Service Management only

  • CLUSTERED (default: false)

Set 'true' to enable clustering configuration to be used. This will create a file inside the container's $JIRA_HOME directory.

  • JIRA_NODE_ID (default: jira_node_)

The unique ID for the node. By default, this includes a randomly generated ID unique to each container, but can be overridden with a custom value.

  • JIRA_SHARED_HOME (default: $JIRA_HOME/shared)

The location of the shared home directory for all Jira nodes. Note: This must be real shared filesystem that is mounted inside the container. Additionally, see the note about UIDs.

  • EHCACHE_PEER_DISCOVERY (default: default)

Describes how nodes find each other.


The hostname of the current node for cache communication. Jira Data Center will resolve this this internally if the parameter isn't set.

  • EHCACHE_LISTENER_PORT (default: 40001)

The port the node is going to be listening to. Depending on your container deployment method this port may need to be exposed and published.

  • EHCACHE_OBJECT_PORT (default: dynamic)

The port number on which the remote objects bound in the registry receive calls. This defaults to a free port if not specified. This port may need to be exposed and published.


The default timeout for the Ehcache listener.


A valid multicast group address. Required when EHCACHE_PEER_DISCOVERY is set to 'automatic' instead of 'default'.


The dedicated port for the multicast heartbeat traffic. Required when EHCACHE_PEER_DISCOVERY is set to 'automatic' instead of 'default'. Depending on your container deployment method this port may need to be exposed and published.


A value between 0 and 255 which determines how far the packets will propagate. Required when EHCACHE_PEER_DISCOVERY is set to 'automatic' instead of 'default'.


The hostname or IP of the interface to be used for sending and receiving multicast packets. Required when EHCACHE_PEER_DISCOVERY is set to 'automatic' instead of 'default'.

Shared directory and user IDs

By default, the Jira application runs as the user jira, with a UID and GID of 2001. Consequently, this UID must have write access to the shared filesystem. If for some reason a different UID must be used, there are a number of options available:

  • The Docker image can be rebuilt with a different UID.
  • Under Linux, the UID can be remapped using user namespace remapping.

To preserve strict permissions for certain configuration files, this container starts as root to perform bootstrapping before running Jira under a non-privileged user account. If you wish to start the container as a non-root user, please note that Tomcat configuration will be skipped and a warning will be logged. You may still apply custom configuration in this situation by mounting a custom server.xml file directly to /opt/atlassian/jira/conf/server.xml

Database and Clustering bootstrapping will work as expected when starting this container as a non-root user.

Container configuration

  • ATL_FORCE_CFG_UPDATE (default: false)

The Docker entrypoint generates application configuration on first start; not all of these files are regenerated on subsequent starts. This is deliberate, to avoid race conditions or overwriting manual changes during restarts and upgrades. However in deployments where configuration is purely specified through the environment (e.g. Kubernetes) this behaviour may be undesirable; this flag forces an update of all generated files.

In Jira the affected files are: dbconfig.xml

See the entrypoint code for the details of how configuration files are generated.


Define a comma separated list of environment variables containing keywords 'PASS', 'SECRET' or 'TOKEN' to be ignored by the unset function which is executed in the entrypoint. The function uses ^ regex. For example, if you set ATL_ALLOWLIST_SENSITIVE_ENV_VARS="PATH_TO_SECRET_FILE", all variables starting with PATH_TO_SECRET_FILE will not be unset.

Value exposure on host OS

When using this property, the values to sensitive environment variables will be available in clear text on the host OS. As such, this data may be exposed to users or processes running on the host OS.

  • SET_PERMISSIONS (default: true)

Define whether to set home directory permissions on startup. Set to false to disable this behaviour.

  • ATL_UNSET_SENSITIVE_ENV_VARS (default: true)

Define whether to unset environment variables containing keywords 'PASS', 'SECRET' or 'TOKEN'. The unset function is executed in the entrypoint. Set to false if you want to allow passing sensitive environment variables to Jira container.

Value exposure on host OS

When using this property, the values to sensitive environment variables will be available in clear text on the host OS. As such, this data may be exposed to users or processes running on the host OS.

Advanced Configuration

As mentioned at the top of this section, the settings from the environment are used to populate the application configuration on the container startup. However, in some cases you may wish to customise the settings in ways that are not supported by the environment variables above. In this case, it is possible to modify the base templates to add your own configuration. There are three main ways of doing this; modify our repository to your own image, build a new image from the existing one, or provide new templates at startup. We will briefly outline these methods here, but in practice how you do this will depend on your needs.

Building your own image
  • Clone the Atlassian repository at
  • Modify or replace the Jinja templates under config; NOTE: The files must have the .j2 extensions. However you don't have to use template variables if you don't wish.
  • Build the new image with e.g: docker build --tag my-jira-8-image --build-arg JIRA_VERSION=8.x.x .
  • Optionally push to a registry, and deploy.
Build a new image from the existing one
  • Create a new Dockerfile, which starts with the line e.g: FROM atlassian/jira-software:latest.
  • Use a COPY line to overwrite the provided templates.
  • Build, push and deploy the new image as above.
Overwrite the templates at runtime

There are two main ways of doing this:

  • If your container is going to be long-lived, you can create it, modify the installed templates under /opt/atlassian/etc/, and then run it.
  • Alternatively, you can create a volume containing your alternative templates, and mount it over the provided templates at runtime with --volume my-config:/opt/atlassian/etc/.


By default the Jira logs are written inside the container, under ${JIRA_HOME}/logs/. If you wish to expose this outside the container (e.g. to be aggregated by logging system) this directory can be a data volume or bind mount. Additionally, Tomcat-specific logs are written to /opt/atlassian/jira/logs/.


To upgrade to a more recent version of Jira you can simply stop the jira container and start a new one based on a more recent image:

docker stop jira
docker rm jira
docker run ... (See above)

As your data is stored in the data volume directory on the host it will still be available after the upgrade.

Please make sure that you don't accidentally remove the jira container and its volumes using the -v option.


For evaluations you can use the built-in database that will store its files in the Jira home directory. In that case it is sufficient to create a backup archive of the docker volume.

If you're using an external database, you can configure Jira to make a backup automatically each night. This will back up the current state, including the database to the jiraVolume docker volume, which can then be archived. Alternatively you can backup the database separately, and continue to create a backup archive of the docker volume to back up the Jira Home directory.

Read more about data recovery and backups:


Depending on your configuration Jira may take a short period to shutdown any active operations to finish before termination. If sending a docker stop this should be taken into account with the --time flag.

Alternatively, the script / is provided, which will initiate a clean shutdown and wait for the process to complete. This is the recommended method for shutdown in environments which provide for orderly shutdown, e.g. Kubernetes via the preStop hook.


The latest tag matches the most recent release of Atlassian Jira Software, Jira Core or Jira Service Management. Thus atlassian/jira-software:latest will use the newest version of Jira available.

Alternatively you can use a specific major, major.minor, or major.minor.patch version of Jira by using a version number tag:

  • atlassian/jira-software:8
  • atlassian/jira-software:8.14
  • atlassian/jira-software:8.14.0

  • atlassian/jira-servicemanagement:4

  • atlassian/jira-servicemanagement:4.14
  • atlassian/jira-servicemanagement:4.14.0

  • atlassian/jira-core:8

  • atlassian/jira-core:8.14
  • atlassian/jira-core:8.14.0

All Jira versions from 7.13+ (Software/Core) / 3.16+ (Service Management) are available.

atlassian/jira-servicedesk deprecation

All Jira Service Management 4.x versions are also available as atlassian/jira-servicedesk. This namespace has been deprecated and versions from 5+ onwards will only be available as atlassian/jira-servicemanagement.

Supported JDK versions and base images

Atlassian Docker images are generated from either official Eclipse Temurin OpenJDK Docker images or Red Hat Universal Base Images.

UBI based images are only published from Jira 9.5 onwards and JDK17 only. Tags are available in 2 formats: <version>-ubi9 and <version>-ubi9-jdk17.

The Docker images follow the Atlassian Support end-of-life policy; images for unsupported versions of the products remain available but will no longer receive updates or fixes.

Historically, we have also generated other versions of the images, including JDK8, Alpine, and 'slim' versions of the JDK. These legacy images still exist in Docker Hub, however they should be considered deprecated, and do not receive updates or fixes.

If for some reason you need a different version, see Building your own image above.

Migration to UBI

If you have been mounting any files to ${JAVA_HOME} directory in eclipse-temurin based container, JAVA_HOME in UBI JDK17 container is set to /usr/lib/jvm/java-17.

Also, if you have been mounting and running any custom scripts in the container, UBI-based images may lack some tools and utilities that are available out of the box in eclipse-temurin tags. If that's the case, see Building your own image.

Supported architectures

Currently, the Atlassian Docker images are built for the linux/amd64 target platform; we do not have other architectures on our roadmap at this point. However, the Dockerfiles and support tooling have now had all architecture-specific components removed, so if necessary it is possible to build images for any platform supported by Docker.

Building on the target architecture

Note: This method is known to work on Mac M1 and AWS ARM64 machines, but has not been extensively tested.

The simplest method of getting a platform image is to build it on a target machine. The following assumes you have git and Docker installed. You will also need to know which version of Jira you want to build; substitute JIRA_VERSION=x.x.x with your required version:

git clone --recurse-submodule
cd docker-atlassian-jira
docker build --tag my-image --build-arg JIRA_VERSION=x.x.x .
This image can be pushed up to your own Docker Hub or private repository.


These images include built-in scripts to assist in performing common JVM diagnostic tasks.

Thread dumps

/opt/atlassian/support/ can be run via docker exec to easily trigger the collection of thread dumps from the containerized application. For example:

docker exec my_container /opt/atlassian/support/

By default, this script will collect 10 thread dumps at 5 second intervals. This can be overridden by passing a custom value for the count and interval, by using -c / --count and -i / --interval respectively. For example, to collect 20 thread dumps at 3 second intervals:

docker exec my_container /opt/atlassian/support/ --count 20 --interval 3

Thread dumps will be written to $APP_HOME/thread_dumps/<date>.

Disable capturing output from top run

By default this script will also capture output from top run in 'Thread-mode'. This can be disabled by passing -n / --no-top

Heap dump

/opt/atlassian/support/ can be run via docker exec to easily trigger the collection of a heap dump from the containerized application. For example:

docker exec my_container /opt/atlassian/support/

A heap dump will be written to $APP_HOME/heap.bin. If a file already exists at this location, use -f / --force to overwrite the existing heap dump file.

Manual diagnostics

The jcmd utility is also included in these images and can be used by starting a bash shell in the running container:

docker exec -it my_container /bin/bash


For product support, go to:


You can also visit the Atlassian Data Center forum for discussion on running Atlassian Data Center products in containers.

Development and testing

See Development for details on setting up a development environment and running tests.


For a detailed list of changes to the Docker image configuration see the Git commit history.


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