JIRA lets you prioritise, assign, track, report and audit your ‘issues,’ whatever they may be from software bugs and help-desk tickets to project tasks and change requests. Atlassian JIRA has been designed with a focus on task achievement, is instantly usable and is flexible to work with.
JIRA is a ‘web application’, meaning it runs centrally on a server, and users interact with it through web browsers from any computer. Most requirements therefore relate to the server, and software running on it.
JIRA is distributed in two formats, Standalone and WAR/Webapp. with different installation requirements:
* The Standalone distribution requires Java (installation guide). JIRA Standalone comes with built-in application server and database, and is the preferred format for new users.
* The WAR/Webapp distribution requires Java (installation guide), an application server and database.