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Descoped Atlassian Jira Software


Atlassian Jira Software is an issue tracker.

For all other aspects about configuring, using and administering jira please see The Official Jira Documentation.

How to use?

The examples shown below assume you will use a MySQL database.

Please pay attention to the IP addresses used in the examples below. The IP refers to your host OS. The IP refers to the MySQL database and the IP to the newly installed jira guest OS. To figure out the IP in your guest OS you can either connect to a running instance by issuing docker exec -it [container-name] /bin/bash and do ifconfig or locate the IP from docker inspect [container-name].


  • MySQL 5.5 or 5.6 (please notice that Jira is not compatible with MySQL 5.7)
  • PostgreSQL 8.4+

Important notice: The Postgres driver is shipped with the jira distribution, whereas the MySQL driver will be downloaded when running the image.

Database Setup

MySQL setup (assuming that MySQL isn't installed yet):

$ docker run -d -p 3306:3306 --name mysql -v /var/mysql:/var/lib/mysql -e MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=[db-password] mysql/mysql-server:5.6
$ mysql -h -u root -p[db-password]

If you use a default Docker installation with no images installed, the assigned IP for MySQL will be:

Optionally you may configure security constraints by:

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON jiradb.* TO '[appuser]'@'' IDENTIFIED BY '[apppassword]' with grant option;

Please notice that the [appuser] and [apppassword] must be configured to what is appropriate for your system.


Run docker using port 8080 on your host (if available):

docker run -p 8080:8080 descoped/jira

Run with data outside the container using a volume:

$ docker run -p 8080:8080 --name jira -v /var/jira:/var/atlassian-home -e CONTEXT_PATH=ROOT -e DATABASE_URL=mysql://[username]:[password]@ descoped/jira

To stop the running instance:

$ docker jira stop

To start running instance:

$ docker jira start

Docker Volume

The mappable VOLUME is: /var/atlassian-home

Browser URL:

The host IP is assumed to be


Database connection

The connection to the database can be specified with an URL of the format:

[database type]://[username]:[password]@[host]:[port]/[database name]

Where database type is either mysql or postgresql and the full URL look like this:





Environement variables

Configuration options are set by setting environment variables when running the image. What follows it a table of the supported variables:

Variable Function
CONTEXT_PATH Context path of the jira webapp. You can set this to add a path prefix to the url used to access the webapp. i.e. setting this to jira will change the url to The value ROOT is reserved to mean that you don't want a context path prefix. Defaults to ROOT
DATABASE_URL Connection URL specifying where and how to connect to a database dedicated to jira. This variable is optional and if specified will cause the Jira setup wizard to skip the database setup set.

Source code

If you want to contribute to this project or make use of the source code; you'll find it on GitHub.

Building the image

docker build -t descoped/jira .

Further reading