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Preparing for Jira 8.8

This documentation is intended for Jira developers who want to ensure that their existing apps are compatible with Jira 8.8.


Quick info

Latest version

Here you can find information about the latest EAPs.

Jira Core/Software

8.8.0-RC02 8.8.0-m0004 EAP

Source files (Core)

Source files (Software)

Jira Service Desk

4.8.0-RC02 4.8.0-m0004 EAP

Source files

Dates for future sprints

Status: IMPLEMENTED (eap 01)

Having shipped granular sprint management permissions in Jira 8.6, Atlassian now adds more sprint management options. As of Jira 8.8, you’ll be able to set the start and end dates for sprints that begin in the future. This will help plan and organize your work short and long-term.

Planned and actual dates on reports

Status: IMPLEMENTED (eap 01)

Sprint reports now include scheduled sprint start and finish dates, as well as actual sprint start and finish dates. Now you can use this data in future sprint planning and daily reporting. In addition, the policy for burndown and burn-up charts will be based on the actual start date and the planned end date of the sprint. That will prevent possible errors in the guidelines.

Changes to Jira auditing

Status: IMPLEMENTED (eap 02)

The auditing feature tracks key activities on the Jira instance, allowing administrators to get an insight into the way the instance is being used. In Jira 8.8 there will be a number of changes to help admins manage their log more effectively.

The new audit log will curate events in coverage areas and allow admins to decide which of the coverage areas they want to audit. Additionally, for each area, admins can select how detailed they want their log to be.

The upcoming feature will offer an extended audit log functionality for Jira Data Center as it will have more coverage areas, various event volume levels and an option to integrate the audit log file with external tools.

New API for Jira auditing

Status: IMPLEMENTED (eap 01)

As a result of changes to the Audit log, new REST API endpoints have been added.

Some platforms are no longer supported

Status: IMPLEMENTED (eap 01)

The following platforms have been deprecated since Jira 8.6, and we cease to support them in Jira 8.8:

  • SQL Server 2012
  • PostgreSQL 9.4
  • Solaris
  • Oracle 12c R1
  • PostgreSQL 9.5

All mail handlers supported

Status: IMPLEMENTED (eap 01)

In Jira 8.6 it was decided to discard two mail handlers that do not use regex: “Add a comment from the unquoted mail body” and “Create a new topic (or issue) or add a comment to an existing topic”. Users were advised to switch to handlers that use regular expressions to get rid of unwanted content such as email footers or signatures.

Since then, however, Atlassian has received important feedback regarding the intention to discard these handlers and has now decided to withdraw them.

The two mail handlers mentioned above will therefore not be discarded. Instead, Atlassian is working to add regular expressions to the existing handlers to help admins manage the unwanted content added to Jira mail operations.

Change to archiving project events

Status: IMPLEMENTED (eap 01)

It used to be the case that when a project was being archived an event was sent for every issue in this project that was being archived together with the project even if some of the issues had already been archived individually. The same would happen when a project was being restored. Jira 8.8 updates this behavior so that archiving and restoring projects does not create separate events for tasks that are archived or restored as part of the project. This is to limit the number of events and not to double the information.


Status: IMPLEMENTED (eap 01)

Jira 8.8 brings accessibility improvements, allowing users to enable underlined links or unique patterns on issue statuses. These settings are personal, so whatever you choose will be visible only by you. To access accessibility settings, click your user profile and select Accessibility.

Bulk actions in agent queues JIRA SERVICE DESK

Status: IMPLEMENTED (eap 01)

Agents can now select multiple issues and manage them in bulk. This should speed up their work and get those queues in order. The available actions are:

  • Assign multiple issues to a different owner.
  • Watch / Stop watching selected issues. This requires that watching is enabled in your Jira instance.
  • Delete selected issues.
  • Add an internal or external comment to your issues. Adding a comment to 50 issues at once might take some time, so watch out for this.
  • Link selected issues to other issues.


How many issues can you select?

Agents can select the maximum of 50 issues at once because that’s what fits on a single page. When you switch to another page, your previous selections will be cleared.