This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install Jira project management platform on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04 servers.
Jira is a proprietary project management software from Atlassian which allows bug tracking and agile project management. It comes with a user-friendly web interface that allows users to create stories and issues, plan and distribute tasks across teams and departments.
Whether you’re creating a personal or company setting up a self-hosted project management platform, Jira can help you build and manage your content on every device with its intuitive and powerful user and admin dashboard.
For more about Jira, please check its homepage.
When you’re ready to install Jira on Ubuntu, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Update Ubuntu
Before installing Jira software on Ubuntu, you must first prepare Ubuntu and update installed packages.
To do that, run the commands below:
sudo apt update sudo apt dist-upgrade
Continue below to installing and setting up Jira.
Step 2: Install MariaDB Database Server
Jira also needs a database server to store its content… and MariaDB database server is a great place to start when looking at open source database servers to use with Jira.
To install MariaDB run the commands below…
sudo apt install mariadb-server mariadb-client
After installing MariaDB, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable MariaDB service to always start up when the server boots..
Run these on Ubuntu
sudo systemctl stop mariadb.service sudo systemctl start mariadb.service sudo systemctl enable mariadb.service
After that, run the commands below to secure MariaDB server by creating a root password and disallowing remote root access.
When prompted, answer the questions below by following the guide.
- Enter current password for root (enter for none): Just press the Enter
- Set root password? [Y/n]: Y
- New password: Enter password
- Re-enter new password: Repeat password
- Remove anonymous users? [Y/n]: Y
- Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n]: Y
- Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n]: Y
- Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n]: Y
Restart MariaDB server
To test if MariaDB is installed, type the commands below to logon to MariaDB server
sudo systemctl status mariadb.service
You should see similar messages as below:
mariadb.service - MariaDB 10.1.44 database server Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/mariadb.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled) Active: active (running) since Thu 2020-03-05 12:14:17 CST; 1min 15s ago Docs: man:mysqld(8) https://mariadb.com/kb/en/library/systemd/ Main PID: 16048 (mysqld) Status: "Taking your SQL requests now..." Tasks: 27 (limit: 4666) CGroup: /system.slice/mariadb.service └─16048 /usr/sbin/mysqld Mar 05 12:14:17 ubuntu1804 /etc/mysql/debian-start: information_schema Mar 05 12:14:17 ubuntu1804 /etc/mysql/debian-start: mysql Mar 05 12:14:17 ubuntu1804 /etc/mysql/debian-start: performance_schema
That’s how to install MariaDB on Ubuntu.
Step 3: Create Jira Database
Now that MariaDB is installed, go and create a blank database for Jira.
Run the commands below to logon to MariaDB. When prompted for a password, type the root password you created above.
sudo mysql -u root -p
Then create a database called jira
CREATE DATABASE jira CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_bin;
Create a database user called jirauser with new password
CREATE USER 'jirauser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new_password_here';
Then grant the user full access to the jira database.
GRANT ALL ON jira.* TO 'jirauser'@'localhost' WITH GRANT OPTION;
Finally, save your changes and exit.
FLUSH PRIVILEGES; EXIT;
Next, run the commands below to open MariaDB configuration file.
sudo nano /etc/mysql/mariadb.conf.d/50-server.cnf
The copy and paste the highlighted lines under [mysqld]
# this is only for the mysqld standalone daemon [mysqld] # # * Basic Settings # user = mysql pid-file = /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid socket = /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock port = 3306 basedir = /usr datadir = /var/lib/mysql tmpdir = /tmp lc-messages-dir = /usr/share/mysql skip-external-locking default-storage-engine= INNODB character_set_server = utf8mb4 innodb_default_row_format = DYNAMIC innodb_large_prefix = ON innodb_file_format = Barracuda innodb_log_file_size = 2G sql_mode = NO_AUTO_VALUE_ON_ZERO
Save the file and exit.
When you’re done, restart MariaDB.
sudo systemctl restart mariadb.service
That should it!
Step 4: Download and Install Jira
To get Jira installed, visit its download page from the link below:
As of this writing, the current version is 8.7.1.
Change into the temp directory and download Jira. Then extract the downloaded file using the commands below:
cd /tmp wget https://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/downloads/binary/atlassian-jira-software-8.7.1-x64.bin chmod a+x atlassian-jira-software-8.7.1-x64.bin
Next, run the commands below to begin the installation.
When running the binary file you will be prompted to answer a couple of questions as highlighted below. You can choose to install Jira in any directory.
To simplify things, I chose to install it in my home folder.
Unpacking JRE ... Starting Installer ... This will install Jira Software 8.7.1 on your computer. OK [o, Enter], Cancel [c] o Click Next to continue, or Cancel to exit Setup. Choose the appropriate installation or upgrade option. Please choose one of the following: Express Install (use default settings) , Custom Install (recommended for advanced users) [2, Enter], Upgrade an existing Jira installation  2 Select the folder where you would like Jira Software to be installed. Where should Jira Software be installed? [/opt/atlassian/jira] Enter Default location for Jira Software data [/var/atlassian/application-data/jira] Enter Configure which ports Jira Software will use. Jira requires two TCP ports that are not being used by any other applications on this machine. The HTTP port is where you will access Jira through your browser. The Control port is used to startup and shutdown Jira. Use default ports (HTTP: 8080, Control: 8005) - Recommended [1, Enter], Set custom value for HTTP and Control ports  1 Jira can be run in the background. You may choose to run Jira as a service, which means it will start automatically whenever the computer restarts. Install Jira as Service? Yes [y, Enter], No [n] y Details on where Jira Software will be installed and the settings that will be used. Installation Directory: /opt/atlassian/jira Home Directory: /var/atlassian/application-data/jira HTTP Port: 8080 RMI Port: 8005 Install as service: Yes Install [i, Enter], Exit [e] i Extracting files ... Please wait a few moments while Jira Software is configured. Installation of Jira Software 8.7.1 is complete Start Jira Software 8.7.1 now? Yes [y, Enter], No [n] y Please wait a few moments while Jira Software starts up. Launching Jira Software ... Installation of Jira Software 8.7.1 is complete Your installation of Jira Software 8.7.1 is now ready and can be accessed via your browser. Jira Software 8.7.1 can be accessed at http://localhost:8080 Finishing installation ...
After that, Jira should be installed and started.
Before you can configure Jira for web portal access, make sure to download MySQL JDBC driver. You can get it from the link below:
Run the commands below to download it:
cd /tmp wget https://dev.mysql.com/get/Downloads/Connector-J/mysql-connector-java-8.0.18.zip unzip mysql-connector-java-8.0.18.zip sudo cp mysql-connector-java-8.0.18/mysql-connector-java-8.0.18.jar /opt/atlassian/jira/lib
After that stop and start Jira services
sudo /etc/init.d/jira stop sudo /etc/init.d/jira start
To access its portal, simply open your browser and browser to the server hostname or IP address followed by port 8080.
The first page presents two options as shown. Click on I’ll set it up myself and click on the Next button.
On the next Window, click on My own database and for the Database type value, click and select MySQL 5.7+.
Setup your application property and continue.
Next, you will be required to enter the license key of JIRA.
You need a license key to set up Jira. Enter your license key or generate a new license key below. You need an account at MyAtlassian to generate a license key.
Create an account, if you don’t already have one; login and generate a trial licence key for your application.
Then paste the licence key in the box and continue.
Create an admin account and continue.
Continue and complete the installation wizard. Once done, you should be able to setup your projects.
This post showed you how to install Jira software on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report it.
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