Thank you for downloading JIRA 4.0.1 - Standalone distribution. This distribution comes with a built-in Tomcat 5.5.28 web server and hsql database, so it runs (almost) out the box.

Installing JIRA

  1. Install a Java Development Kit (JDK) version 1.5 or above from http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp. (avoid JREs, Java EEs, Netbeans, etc. on that page - you just want a JDK).

  2. Set the JAVA_HOME variable to where you installed Java. Windows installers may do this for you. See also setting JAVA_HOME on Windows.
  3. Set your JIRA home directory.
  4. Run bin/startup.sh (*nix) or bin\startup.bat (Windows). Check that there are no errors on the console. See below for troubleshooting advice.
  5. Point your browser at http://localhost:8080. You should see JIRA's Setup Wizard.

Full documentation is available online at:


A common startup problem is when another program has claimed port 8080, which JIRA is configured to run on by default. To avoid this port conflict, JIRA's port can be changed in conf/server.xml.

If you have any installation (or other) problems, please see the resources listed at https://support.atlassian.com.


Questions? Try the online documentation, ask on the forums, or ask Atlassian directly.

Happy issue tracking and thank you for using JIRA!
- The Atlassian Team