How to Install, Set Up, and Use Jira on Ubuntu 22.04

Download, Install And Setup Jira On Linux

If you’re a software developer in a large organization, you’re likely familiar with Jira, the leading issue and bug-tracking software. In this guide, we’ll walk you through installing, setting up, and using Jira on Ubuntu 22.04.”

Choosing the Right Jira Version

Before installing Jira, you need to decide which version you require. There are three different kinds of Software provided under the Jira framework. Jira software, service management, and Jira core.

Let’s see what are the differences between these: Software developers use Jira to create an appropriate bug and issue tracking system also utilizing what is known as the agile method.

Jira Service Management is mostly used by corporates to help track tickets, and incident management and is generally used by the customer support roles. Finally, Jira Core is a special software used by Business teams. All are issue-tracking and task-tracking software, the difference lies in the design element, depending upon what team is using the software.

To install Jira on Ubuntu, you will first need to fire up your favorite browser and go to the official binary file downloads page of Jira. Visit this link to do so! Click on the button and download the binary file.

Jira Install Binary
Downloading and Installing the Jira Binary File

Open your terminal and update your system with the apt command:

sudo apt update
Update The System
Update Your System

After updating the system go to the folder where you downloaded the binary file (for me it is home/Downloads):

cd Downloads/
ls | grep atlassian
Cd Downloads
Cd Downloads

Now you will need to make the file executable, to do so give the following command:

sudo chmod a+x atlassian*

Also checkout: the chmod command, if you need a refresher on that. Give your sudo password and then run the following command:


Next, we will do the initial setup of Jira on our machine.

Initial Jira Setup on Ubuntu

Run the binary command

Now you will enter a guided CLI installation program. Let’s walk through the installation process. After running the above command you will be prompted to respond with ‘yes’ or press Enter.

Next, you will have to choose the appropriate installation or upgrade option: For us, we will be choosing option 1.

Run The Binary File 1
Select Installation Path and Confirm

Now the Installer will ask you about the location where you would like to install Jira. By default, it is the /opt/atlassian/jira directory. We will not change this and keep it as is. Respond Yes and then press i for installation.

For me at this stage there was a minor error: It said that a file already exists on my drive, and I simply chose to overwrite it. Next, you will be asked to wait for a bit to let the installation run. Then you will be again prompted to respond yes or simply press Enter. After waiting for a bit you will be able to access your Jira Installation from your browser at this link: http://localhost:8080

Wait For The Installation To Complete
Wait For The Installation To Complete

Configuring Your Jira Installation

Next, it’s time to configure your Jira installation. You will see the below page once you enter the link given above. You can see this is your local Jira installation since it is using localhost!

Jira Installation Successful
Successful Installation

Now you will need to choose whether you want to configure it yourself or simply move with the “Set it up for me” option. For the sake of simplicity, I chose the first option. Now you will need to select the license type and give your email address. If you already have an Atlassian account, give that email address here.

Create Liscence
Create License

Now click on the Generate License button.

Generate Liscence
Generate License

Next, confirm that you will use the license on your server.


Now set up the administrator account. You will need an email address a username and a password. After that, you will again need to wait for 5-10mins to let Jira run the installation.

Complete the Installation

After Jira is done it will prompt you to a nice page!

Jira is ready to go!

Before jumping in to create brand new projects in your Jira installation, you will need to choose your language of choice and a simple avatar image for your account!

Choose your language

Now you can create your own projects! We will be creating a simple Kanban page as an example.

Setup a Kanban Project page

There you go, now you can add your cards to the Kanban board and assign these cards to anyone on your team!

Project Page Created

How to Uninstall Jira

To uninstall Jira, navigate to its installation directory and make the uninstall script executable

sudo chmod a+x uninstall

Now simply run the binary file and you’re done!

sudo ./uninstall

Wrapping Up: Why Jira

Jira is essential for teams larger than five members, offering a robust project management and issue-tracking system. Explore the various methods and templates to find the best fit for your team. What project management challenges could Jira solve for your team?