How To Install Jira on CentOS 7

Install Jira on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Jira on CentOS 7 server. For those of you who didn’t know, Jira is a tool used for defect/issue/bug tracking and project management purpose. JIRA Core is a JIRA application that has both system and application functionalities. It helps an administrator to create a project, user, workflow, issue, etc.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Jira on CentOS 7 or RHEL Linux.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 7.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Jira on CentOS 7

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

yum clean all
yum -y update

Step 2. Installing Java.

JAVA is the first requirement for JIRA establishment. Verify you have JAVA SE 6 or Later form introduced in your framework:

sudo yum install java-1.8.0-openjdk
sudo yum install java-1.8.0-openjdk-devel

If the installation is a success, you see the following output:

$ java -version
openjdk version "1.8.0_201"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_281-b09)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 28.201-b09, mixed mode)

Step 3. Installing Jira on CentOS.

Download the latest JIRA Installer (.bin) file from the JIRA official page or give a link to the directory /opt:

cd /opt
wget https://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/downloads/binary/atlassian-jira-software-7.3.0-x64.bin

Then, give the executioner permission to .bin file and install JIRA:

chmod +a atlassian-jira-software-7.3.0-x64.bin

Step 4. Install MySQL.

The latest version of MySQL is version 8.0. To install it on your CentOS 7 server follow the steps below:

sudo yum localinstall https://dev.mysql.com/get/mysql80-community-release-el7-1.noarch.rpm

Install MySQL 8.0 package with yum:

sudo yum install mysql-community-server

Once the installation is completed, start the MySQL service and enable it to automatically start on boot with:

sudo systemctl enable mysqld
sudo systemctl start mysqld

Run the mysql_secure_installation command to improve the security of your MySQL installation:

sudo mysql_secure_installation

Step 5. Connectivity to JIRA with MySQL.

Create a database user for JIRA using the following command:

$ mysql -u root -p
grant all privileges on jiradb.* to 'jira'@'%' identified by '';
flush privileges;

After you install the JIRA, you require a MySQL Connector driver. You can download either the .tar.gz or the .zip file from the official site. Otherwise, you can use the following command:

cd /opt
wget http://dev.mysql.com/get/Downloads/Connector-J/mysql-connector-java-5.1.35.tar.gz
tar -zxvf mysql-connector-java-5.1.35.tar.gz

Copy the MySQL JDBC driver jar file to the JIRA installation directory /opt/atlassian/jira/lib/:

cd /opt/mysql-connector-java-5.1.35
cp mysql-connector-java-5.1.35-bin.jar /opt/atlassian/jira/lib/

To restart the Jira service:

cd /opt/atlassian/jira/bin/

Step 6. Configure firewall.

By default, it will be port 8080:

sudo firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=8080/tcp --permanent
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Step 7. Accessing JIRA.

After you successful installation Jira, the login URL is displayed, and use it to log in:


Install Jira on CentOS 7

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Jira. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Jira on CentOS 7 systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Jira website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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