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jiraSOAP - Ruby interface to the JIRA SOAP API

Uses handsoap to build a client for the JIRA SOAP API that works on MacRuby as well as Ruby 1.9.

Read the documentation here. The meat of the service is in the RemoteAPI module.


The jira4r gem already exists, and works well on Ruby 1.8, but is not compatible with Ruby 1.9 or MacRuby due to its dependance on soap4r.


Pick up where jira4r left off:

  • Implement the current API; jira4r does not implement APIs from JIRA 4.x
  • More natural interface; not adhering to the API when the API is weird
  • Speed; network latency is bad enough
  • Excellent documentation, since the documentation given by Atlassian is so terse

Getting Started

jiraSOAP should run on Ruby 1.9.2 and MacRuby 0.8. You can install it using gem, or build from source:

    git clone git://
    rake build
    rake install

Once that ugliness is over with, you can run a quick demo (making appropriate substitutions):

 require 'jiraSOAP'

 db = ''
 db.login 'user', 'password'

 issues = db.get_issues_from_jql_search 'reporter = currentUser()', 100
 issues.each { |issue|
   #do something...
   puts issue.key



  • Finish implementing all of the API
  • Stabilize API
  • Performance optimizations; there are a number of places that can be optimized
    • Using GCD/Threads for parsing arrays of results; a significant speed up for large types and large arrays (ie. creating issues from JQL searches)
  • Public test suite
    • Needs a mock server

Note on Patches/Pull Requests

This project has a tendancy to change drastically between releases as it is still unstable, so patches may not cleanly apply. It may be better to just open an issue.

If you want to help by submitting patches:

  • Fork the project.
  • Make your feature addition or bug fix.
  • Add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.
  • Commit, do not mess with rakefile, version, or history. (if you want to have your own version, that is fine but bump version in a commit by itself I can ignore when I pull)
  • Send me a pull request. Bonus points for topic branches.


Copyright: Marketcircle Inc., 2010

See LICENSE for details.

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