Plugin @PLUGIN@

This plugin allows to associate Jira issues to Git commits.

It can be configured per project whether the Jira integration is enabled or not. To enable the Jira integration for a project the project must have the following entry in its project.config file in the refs/meta/config branch:

  [plugin "its-jira"]
    enabled = true

If plugin.its-jira.enabled is not specified in the project.config file the value is inherited from the parent project. If it is also not set on any parent project the Jira integration is disabled for this project.

By setting plugin.its-jira.enabled to true in the project.config of the All-Projects project the Jira integration can be enabled by default for all projects. During the initialization of the plugin you are asked if the Jira integration should be enabled by default for all projects and if yes this setting in the project.config of the All-Projects project is done automatically.

If child projects must not be allowed to disable the Jira integration a project can enforce the Jira integration for all child projects by setting plugin.its-jira.enabled to enforced.

On the project info screen there is a dropdown list for the plugin.its-jira.enabled parameter which offers the values true, false, enforced and INHERIT. Project owners can change this parameter and save it. If the Jira integration is enforced by a parent project the dropdown list is disabled.

The Jira integration can be limited to specific branches by setting plugin.its-jira.branch. The branches may be configured using explicit branch names, ref patterns, or regular expressions. Multiple branches may be specified.

E.g. to limit the Jira integration to the master branch and all stable branches the following could be configured:

  [plugin "its-jira"]
    enabled = true
    branch = refs/heads/master
    branch = ^refs/heads/stable-.*

Comment links

Git commits are associated to Jira issues reusing the existing Gerrit commentLink configuration to extract the issue-id from the commit messages.

Additionally you need to specify the enforcement policy for git commits with regards to issue-tracker associations; the following values are supported:

MANDATORY : One or more issue-ids are required in the git commit message, otherwise the git push will be rejected.

SUGGESTED : Whenever a git commit message does not contain any issue-id, a warning message is displayed as a suggestion on the client.

OPTIONAL : Issue-ids are linked when found in a git commit message. No warning is displayed otherwise.


    [commentLink "its-jira"]
    match = ([A-Z]+-[0-9]+)
    html = "<a href=\"$1\">$1</a>"
    association = SUGGESTED

Jira connectivity

In order for Gerrit to connect to Jira/SOAP-API URL and credentials are required in your gerrit.config / secure.config under the [its-jira] section.



Jira credentials and connectivity details are asked and verified during the Gerrit init.


The HTTP connection and read timeouts are configurable in every place where the Jira URL is specified, either in the gerrit.config or project.config, whichever has the precedence.

connectTimeout : Timeout period for making a new HTTP connection to the Jira URL. The value is in the usual time-unit format like “1 s”, “100 ms”, etc. By default 2 minutes.

readTimeout : The read timeout for the HTTP operation to complete. The value is in the usual time-unit format like “1 s”, “100 ms”, etc. A timeout can be used to avoid blocking all of the incoming Git receive-packs threads in case Jira server becomes slow. By default 30 seconds.

Gerrit init integration

The Jira plugin comes with a Gerrit init step that simplifies the initial configuration. It guides through the configuration of the Jira integration and checks the connectivity.

Gerrit init example:

    *** Jira Integration

    Issue tracker integration for all projects? [DISABLED/?]: enabled
    Branches for which the issue tracker integration should be enabled (ref, ref pattern or regular expression) [refs/heads/*]:

    *** Jira connectivity

    Jira URL (empty to skip)       []:
    Jira username                  [admin]:
    Change admin's password        [y/N]? y
    admin's password               : *****
                  confirm password : *****
    Test connectivity to [y/N]: y
    Checking Jira connectivity ... [OK]

    *** Jira issue-tracking association

    Jira issue-Id regex            [([A-Z]+-[0-9]+)]:
    Issue-id enforced in commit message [MANDATORY/?]: ?
           Supported options are:
    Issue-id enforced in commit message [MANDATORY/?]: suggested

The connectivity of its-jira plugin with Jira server happens on-request. When an action is requested, a connection is established based on any of the two configuration's availability, i.e., global config extracted from gerrit.config or project level config from project.config.

The way a Jira issue and its corresponding gerrit change are annotated can be configured by specifying rules in a separate config file. Global rules, applied by all configured ITS plugins, can be defined in the file review_site/etc/its/actions.config. Rules specific to @PLUGIN@ are defined in the file review_site/etc/its/actions-@PLUGIN@.config.

Sample actions-@PLUGIN@.config:

    [rule "open"]
        event-type = patchset-created
        action = add-standard-comment
        action = In Progress
    [rule "resolve"]
        event-type = comment-added
        approvalCodeReview = 2
        action = add-standard-comment
        action = In Review
    [rule "merged"]
        event-type = change-merged
        action = add-standard-comment
        action = Done
    [rule "abandoned"]
        event-type = change-abandoned
        action = add-standard-comment
        action = To Do

The first rule triggers an action which adds a comment and a hyperlink to the change created in gerrit. The comment will appear in an Jira issue's Comment section whenever a patchset-created event is triggered. The second action item in the first rule transitions the state of the issue in Jira to In Progress. The title of the action In Progress should match the workflow actions used by the JIRA server as different versions of JIRA can have different workflow actions.

Note: Velocity comments were deprecated in Gerrit 2.14 and will be removed in Gerrit 2.16/3.0; the actions-@PLUGIN@.config needs to be changed accordingly. For example, to use Soy comments instead of velocity comments:

    [rule "open"]
        event-type = patchset-created
        action = add-soy-comment Change ${its.formatLink($changeUrl)} is created.
        action = In Progress

Multiple Jira servers integration

Please note that this feature is considered EXPERIMENTAL and should be used with caution, as it could expose sensitive information.

In corporate environments, it is not unusual to have multiple Jira servers and it is a common requirement to integrate Gerrit projects with those.

This plugin offers the possibility of configuring integrations with multiple Jira servers at the Gerrit project level, i.e., a Gerrit project can be associated with a particular Jira instance. This is done by specifying the Jira server URL, username and password in the project configuration using the GUI controls this plugin adds to the project's General page. In this case, the commentlink section is automatically added by the plugin. It is also possible to add the configuration entries by manually editing the project.config file in the refs/meta/config branch.

A typical Jira server configuration in the project.config file will look like:

    [plugin "its-jira"]
         enabled = true
         instanceUrl = http://jiraserver:8075/
         jiraUsername = *user*
         password = *pass*

    [commentlink "its-jira"]
         match = ([A-Z]+-[0-9]+)
         link = http://jiraserver:8075/browse/$1

A different project could define its own Jira server in its project.config file:

    [plugin "its-jira"]
         enabled = true
         instanceUrl = http://other_jiraserver:7171/
         jiraUsername = *another_user*
         password = *another_pass*

    [commentlink "its-jira"]
         match = (JIRA-ISSUE:[0-9]+)
         link = http://other_jiraserver:7171/browse/$1

In case its-jira plugin is enabled for a project but no Jira server is configured for the project, i.e., it is not specified in the project.config file, the default configuration will be the one defined in gerrit.config.

If no Jira server information is defined in gerrit.config either, an error is logged and the Jira integration is disabled for the project.

The credentials mentioned at the project level, i.e., in the project.config file, will take precedence over the global credentials mentioned in secure.config. It is important to notice that the credentials at the project level are stored as clear text and will be visible to anyone having access to the refs/meta/config branch like project owners and site administrators. This is a limitation and the reason why this feature is marked as experimental, i.e., not production ready. Additional work is needed in order to offer a secure level of encryption for this information.

Specific actions


The invoke-issue-restapi invokes RestAPI on the issue, it uses soy template to generate the request.

  action = invoke-issue-restapi method uri passCodes template

For example if you would like to create a link in issues to review, use the following action:

  action = invoke-issue-restapi POST /remotelink 200,201 link

With the follwing its/templates/ template:

{namespace etc.its.templates}
{template .link}
  {@param changeUrl: string}
  {@param subject: string}
  {@param status: string}
  "globalId": "{$changeUrl}",
  "application": {lb}
    "type": "com.googlesource.gerrit",
    "name": "Gerrit"
  "object": {lb}
    "url": "{$changeUrl}",
    "title": "{$subject}",
    "icon": {lb}
      "url16x16": "",
      "title": "Review"
    "status": {lb}
      {switch $status}
        {case null}
          "resolved": false
        {case 'NEW'}
          "resolved": false
        {case 'SUBMITTED'}
          "resolved": false
        {case 'MERGED'}
          "resolved": true
        {case 'ABANDONED'}
          "resolved": true


The invoke-project-restapi is similar to invoke-issue-restapi, it invokes project method instead of issue method.

### mark-property-as-released-version

The mark-property-as-released-version action marks a version as released in JIRA. The version to mark as released is identified by an event property value.

This is useful when you want to mark a version as released in JIRA when a tag is created in the Gerrit project.

Example with the event property ref:

  action = mark-property-as-released-version ref


The add-comment, add-standard-comment or add-soy-comment actions add comment for certain events. By default, these comments are visible to all on JIRA instance.

It is possible to get better control over comments visibility by adding configuration entries in gerrit.config or project.config file in the refs/meta/config branch.

A typical visibility configuration will look like:

  [plugin "its-jira"]
    visibilityType = role
    visibilityValue = Dev

This will publish comments visible only by users with role set as Dev in JIRA.

visibilityType and visibilityValue must be set together.

visibilityType could be set to role or group, and visibilityValue refers to JIRA role or group.