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Jira and MySQL 5.7: A Perfect Match with the Right Driver


How to Install MySQL 5.7 Driver and Connect Jira to MySQL Database




Jira is a popular issue tracking and project management software that helps teams collaborate and deliver high-quality products. However, Jira requires a relational database to store its data, and one of the supported databases is MySQL.


In this article, you will learn how to install MySQL 5.7 driver and connect Jira to MySQL database. You will also learn about the benefits of using MySQL with Jira, the prerequisites for the installation and connection, and some common issues and solutions for Jira and MySQL integration.




jira requires that you download and install the mysql 5.7 driver



Introduction




What is Jira and why use it with MySQL?




Jira is an Atlassian product that was initially released in 2002 as a pure issue-tracking solution for software developers. Over the years, it has evolved into a powerful project management tool that can be used by various teams across industries, including non-IT teams.


Jira enables teams to plan, track, release, report, and automate workflows using a single platform. It also integrates with hundreds of other tools and apps that enhance its functionality and usability.


Jira requires a relational database to store its issue data, and one of the supported databases is MySQL. MySQL is an open-source database management system that is widely used for web applications. It offers high performance, scalability, reliability, security, and flexibility.


What are the benefits of using MySQL with Jira?




Using MySQL with Jira can provide several benefits for your team, such as:


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Compare the pros and cons of using MySQL vs other databases for Jira


  • Cost-efficiency: MySQL is free to use under certain licenses, which can save you money on database fees.



  • Compatibility: MySQL is compatible with most operating systems and platforms, which can simplify your deployment and maintenance.



  • Flexibility: MySQL supports various storage engines, data types, functions, and features that can suit different needs and preferences.



  • Performance: MySQL can handle large amounts of data and transactions with high speed and efficiency.



  • Security: MySQL provides various mechanisms to protect your data from unauthorized access and manipulation, such as encryption, authentication, authorization, auditing, and backup.



What are the prerequisites for installing MySQL 5.7 driver and connecting Jira to MySQL database?




Before you proceed with installing MySQL 5.7 driver and connecting Jira to MySQL database, you need to make sure that you have the following prerequisites:


  • A supported version of Jira: You need to have a compatible version of Jira that supports MySQL 5.7 driver. You can check the supported platforms page on the Atlassian website for more information.



  • A supported version of MySQL: You need to have a compatible version of MySQL that supports Jira. You can check the supported platforms page on the Atlassian website for more information.



  • A running instance of Jira: You need to have a running instance of Jira that you want to connect to your MySQL database. You can either use an existing instance or set up a new one using the setup wizard.



  • A running instance of MySQL: You need to have a running instance of MySQL that you want to use for your Jira data. You can either use an existing instance or set up a new one using the MySQL installer.



  • A MySQL user account: You need to have a MySQL user account that has the necessary privileges to create and access the Jira database. You can either use an existing account or create a new one using the MySQL command line or a graphical tool.



How to Install MySQL 5.7 Driver




Download the MySQL 5.7 driver from the official website




The first step to install MySQL 5.7 driver is to download it from the official website. You can follow these steps:


  • Go to the .



  • Select the version 5.1.49, which is compatible with MySQL 5.7.



  • Click on the Download button next to the Platform Independent option.



  • Accept the license agreement and click on the No thanks, just start my download link.



  • Save the file mysql-connector-java-5.1.49.zip to your computer.



Copy the MySQL 5.7 driver to the Jira installation directory




The next step is to copy the MySQL 5.7 driver to the Jira installation directory. You can follow these steps:


  • Extract the file mysql-connector-java-5.1.49.zip to a temporary location.



  • Locate the file mysql-connector-java-5.1.49-bin.jar inside the extracted folder.



  • Copy the file mysql-connector-java-5.1.49-bin.jar to the /lib subdirectory of your Jira installation directory. For example, if your Jira installation directory is C:\Program Files\Atlassian\Jira, then copy the file to C:\Program Files\Atlassian\Jira\lib.



  • Delete the temporary folder and the zip file that you downloaded.



How to Connect Jira to MySQL Database




Create and configure the MySQL database




The next step is to create and configure the MySQL database that will store your Jira data. You can follow these steps:


  • Log in to your MySQL server using your MySQL user account.



  • Create a new database for Jira using this command: CREATE DATABASE jiradb CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_bin;



  • Create a new user for Jira using this command: CREATE USER 'jirauser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'jirapassword';



  • Grant all privileges to the new user on the new database using this command: GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON jiradb.* TO 'jirauser'@'localhost';



  • Flush the privileges using this command: FLUSH PRIVILEGES;



  • Exit from your MySQL server.



Configure Jira to connect to the database




The next step is to configure Jira to connect to the database that you created. You can follow these steps:


  • Stop your Jira instance if it is running.



  • Edit the file /conf/server.xml in your Jira installation directory using a text editor.



  • Locate the section that contains this line: <Resource name="jdbc/JiraDS" ... />



  • Replace that section with this code:



<Resource name="jdbc/JiraDS" auth="Container" type="javax.sql.DataSource" driverClassName="com.mysql.jdbc.Driver" url="jdbc:mysql://localhost/jiradb?useUnicode=true&characterEncoding=UTF8&sessionVariables=tx_isolation='READ-COMMITTED'&useSSL=false" username="jirauser" password="jirapassword" validationQuery="select 1" testOnBorrow="true" timeBetweenEvictionRunsMillis="30000" minEvictableIdleTimeMillis="60000" removeAbandonedTimeout="300" removeAbandoned="true" logAbandoned="true" maxActive="20" maxIdle="10" minIdle="5" initialSize="5"/>


  • Save and close the file /conf/server.xml.



  • Start your Jira instance and access it from your browser.



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