CLI support for JIRA & Git interaction
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Jira Oh-My-ZSH plugin

CLI support for JIRA & Git interaction

Note: This plugin based on the official Oh-My-ZSH Jira plugin maintained by tresni. But it can recognize an issue code in a current Git branch name. See below for more information.


This plugin provides command line tools for interacting with Atlassian's JIRA bug tracking software.

The interaction is all done through the web. No local installation of JIRA is necessary.

In this document, "JIRA" refers to the JIRA issue tracking server, and jira refers to the command this plugin supplies.


This plugin supplies one command, jira, through which all its features are exposed. Most forms of this command open a JIRA page in your web browser.

jira            # performs the default action

jira git        # opens an issue related to the current Git branch
jira git m      # opens an issue related to the current Git branch for adding a comment
jira new        # opens a new issue
jira dashboard  # opens your JIRA dashboard (alias: `jira dash`)
jira reported [username]  # queries for issues reported by a user
jira assigned [username]  # queries for issues assigned to a user
jira ABC-123    # opens an existing issue
jira ABC-123 m  # opens an existing issue for adding a comment

Debugging usage

These calling forms are for developers' use, and may change at any time.

jira dumpconfig   # displays the effective configuration


Create folder inside your Oh-My-ZSH directory with custom plugins. Copy plugin files to it. Activate it in your ZSH config file. Usually it looks like:

cd ~/.oh-my-zsh/custom/plugins/
git clone jira
vim ~/.zshrc

In opened file find array plugins and add jira in it (or add whole line if it does not exist):


After that this custom plugin will override default jira plugin from Oh-My-ZSH.


The URL for your JIRA instance is set by $JIRA_URL or a .jira_url file.

Add a .jira-url file in the base of your project. You can also set $JIRA_URL in your ~/.zshrc or put a .jira-url in your home directory. A .jira-url in the current directory takes precedence, so you can make per-project customizations.

The same goes with .jira-prefix and $JIRA_PREFIX. These control the prefix added to all issue IDs, which differentiates projects within a JIRA instance.

For example:

cd to/my/project
echo "" >> .jira-url

(Note: The current implementation only looks in the current directory for .jira-url and .jira-prefix, not up the path, so if you are in a subdirectory of your project, it will fall back to your default JIRA URL. This will probably change in the future though.)


  • $JIRA_URL - Your JIRA instance's URL
  • $JIRA_NAME - Your JIRA username; used as the default user for assigned/reported searches
  • $JIRA_PREFIX - Prefix added to issue ID arguments
  • $JIRA_RAPID_BOARD - Set to true if you use Rapid Board
  • $JIRA_DEFAULT_ACTION - Action to do when jira is called with no arguments; defaults to git
  • $JIRA_BRANCH_REGEX — Extended regular expression (ERE) for recognizing an issue code in a Git branch name; defaults to s/.+\-([A-Z0-9]+-[0-9]+)\-.+/\1/p

Git branch recognition

By default jira means jira git. So it will try to get issue code from the current Git branch name and open it.

Set up $JIRA_BRANCH_REGEX in your ~/.zshrc to change the default recognition which accepts branches like these:


And so on. It means that the default pattern is <string>-<issue code>-<string>, where <string> is at least one symbol.


Your default web browser, as determined by how open_command handles http:// URLs, is used for interacting with the JIRA instance. If you change your system's URL handler associations, it will change the browser that jira uses.