The JIRA Installation Checklist


This checklist assumes the following things.

System Setup

  • OS: CentOS 7 Linux
  • Database: Latest Supported MySQL
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Processors: 2
  • Root Hard drive of 30 GB
  • Extra Hard drive of 50 GB to house the database and JIRA’s home directory

Database Installation

  • Install yum-utils
    • yum install yum-utils -y
  • Get MySQL Repo installer
  • Install MySQL Repo
    • yum localinstall ./mysql80-community-release-el7-3.noarch.rpm
  • Check RepoList for active MySQL Repo
    • yum repolist all | grep mysql
  • Disable MySQL 8.0
    • yum-config-manager –disable mysql80-community
  • Enable MySQL 5.7
    • yum-config-manager –enable mysql57-community
  • Install MySQL Server
    • yum install mysql-community-server -y
  • Start MySQL Server
    • systemctl start mysqld
  • Get Temporary Password form MySQL Logs
    • grep ‘temporary password’ /var/log/mysqld.log
  • Secure MySQL installation using mysql_secure_installation
    • mysql_secure_installation
    • You will need the temporary password from the previous step
    • When setting up a MySQL root password, do not make it the same as the system root password
  • Make sure MySQL will come up on system boot.
    • systemctl enable mysqld

Setting up Database for JIRA

  • Log into MySQL
    • mysql -u root -pUse new root password you just set up
  • Create JIRA’s Database
  • Setup User for JIRA to connect with
  • Flush privileges to MySQL Recognizes new user and permissions
    • flush privileges;
  • Exit mysql
    • exit;
  • Open /etc/my.cnf for editing
  • Add the following lines under the [mysqld] section
 <---- Start JIRA Specific Settings ----> 
 <---- End JIRA Specific Settings ---->
  • Restart MySQL
    • systemctl restart mysqld

OPTIONAL: Moving MySQL Directory

  • Install SELinux Policy Tools
    • yum install policycoreutils-python -y
  • Allow MySQL to use new directory
    • Replace <new_datadir> with your target directory
    • semanage fcontext -a -t mysqld_db_t ” <new_datadir> (/.*)?”
    • restorecon -R <new_datadir>
  • Stop MySQL
    • systemctl stop mysqld
  • Move Database files
    • rsync -av /var/lib/mysql <new_datadir>
  • Modify /etc/my.conf
    • change datadir to <new_datadir>
  • Start MySQL
    • systemctl start mysqld

Installing the JIRA Application

  • Download JIRA installer to server
  • Change permission on JIRA Installer to allow it to run
    • chmod 755 ./atlassian-jira-software-*.bin
  • Run installer
    • ./atlassian-jira-software-<version>-x64.bin
  • Hit “o” then Enter to confirm your wish to proceed
  • Select 2 on installation option screen
  • Enter install directory or hit enter to use default
  • Enter home directory or hit enter to use the default
  • Press enter to use default ports
  • Hit “y” then enter to confirm your wish to install JIRA as a service
  • Hit “i” then enter to confirm you wish to start the install procedure
  • Hit “n” then enter to tell the installer you do not wish to start JIRA yet

Setting up the JDBC connector

  • Download the JDBC connector
  • Unpack Archive
    • tar -xzvf ./mysql-connector-java-5.1.48.tar.gz
  • Copy Connector to appropriate place in JIRA Install Directory
    • cp ./mysql-connector-java-5.1.48/mysql-connector-java-5.1.48-bin.jar /lib/
  • Start JIRA, Confirm it is started
    • systemctl daemon-reload
    • systemctl start jira
    • systemctl status jira
  • Set JIRA to start after system boot
    • systemctl enable jira
  • Add Temporary Firewall Rule to allow you access to JIRA
    • firewall-cmd –zone=public –add-port=8080/tcp

Website Setup

After JIRA finishes it’s first load

  • Navigate to <jira_url>:8080 to access JIRA
  • On First screen, select “I’ll set it up myself”
  • On DB setup screen, enter the following
    • Database Type: MySQL 5.7+Hostname: localhostPort: 3306Database: <JIRADB> from Setting up Database for JIRAUsername: <USERNAME> from Setting up Database for JIRAPassword: <PASSWORD> from Setting up Database for JIRA
  • Click “Test Connection”
  • IF connection comes up green, Click Next.
    • Please Note: This step will take a few minutes
  • Enter Application Title and temporary base URL
    • Application Title: Something Descriptive, usually <Company> JIRA or <Dept> – <Company> JIRABase URL: Whatever URL you are accessing it form now. We will change it later
  • Click Next
  • Enter your License from
  • Click Next
    • Please note, this step will also take a moment to finish
  • Enter Details for your local Admin Account
    • DO NOT use the same password as your system or mysql root password!
  • If you have details, setup your outgoing mail server now.
  • Click “Finished”
  • Setup details about your admin account, and setup a project to start work with

Setting up the Reverse Proxy

Before starting this step, please be sure to have your SSL Certificate ready

  • Install Apache and mod_ssl
    • yum install httpd mod_ssl -y
  • Navigate to Apache config directory
    • cd /etc/httpd/conf.d/
  • Remove all .conf files except ssl.conf
    • mv autoindex.conf autoindex.bck
    • mv userdir.conf userdir.bck
    • mv welcome.conf welcome.bck
  • Remove <VirtualHost> entry from ssl.conf
  • Create jira.conf with following contents
    • only include <contextpath> if you plan to run JIRA on a subdirectory
<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName <subdomain>.<domain>.com
    Redirect Permanent /<contextpath> https://<subdomain>.<domain>.com/<contextpath>

<VirtualHost *:443>
    ServerName <subdomain>.<domain>.com

    ProxyRequests Off

    <Proxy *>
         Require all granted

    ProxyPass /<contextpath> http://<subdomain>.<domain>.com:<port>/<contextpath>
    ProxyPassReverse /<contextpath> http://<subdomain>.<domain>.com:<port>/<contextpath>

    SSLEngine On
    SSLCertificateFile /path/to/your/cert.pem
    SSLCertificateKeyFile /path/to/your/privkey.pem
    SSLCertificateChainFile /path/to/your/first_chain.pem
    SSLCertificateChainFile /path/to/your/second_chain.pem
    SSLCertificateChainFile /path/to/your/nth_chain.pem

  • Test Apache Configurations
    • apachectl configtest
  • Add Firewall rules
    • firewall-cmd –zone=public –permanent –add-service=http
    • firewall-cmd –zone=public –permanent –add-service=https
    • firewall-cmd –reload;
  • Tell SELinux Apache can proxy
    • setsebool httpd_can_network_relay on
  • Start and Enable Apache
    • systemctl start httpd
    • systemctl status httpd
    • systemctl enable httpd
  • Open <jira_install_dir>/conf/server.xml for opening
    • Add the following options to the port 8080 Connector
      • scheme=”https”
      • proxyName=”<subdomain>.<domain>.com”
      • proxyPort=”443″
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  • If you are running JIRA under a subdirectory, also add the <contextpath> to the “path” option under Context
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  • Restart JIRA
    • systemctl restart jira
  • Remove temporary firewall rule
    • firewall-cmd –zone=public –remove-port=8080/tcp
  • Log into JIRA website with admin account using https
  • Change the base URL to the new URL
  • Run Health Check
    • Administration -> System -> Troubleshooting and support tools
  • And finally, relax, you’re done!