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Create a project template in JIRA and use this project template key in REST API call for creating project


I have created a project template in JIRA using this tutorial ( Now i want to use this project template key as an argument in REST API call for create project .

Does JIRA allows this and what is the actual key of this project template ?

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Hi Abhinay,

Starting from JIRA 7.0.0 there is "create" REST API method: and there is projectTemplateKey param.

Hi Volodymyr,

Thanks for the response.

I tried using projectTemplateKey param, but it says "The project template specified does not exist. Make sure the project template is available in your JIRA instance. Please talk to your JIRA administrator if you need more help."

Here is my POST request 

"key": "EX",
"name": "Example",
"projectTypeKey": "business",
"projectTemplateKey": "",
"description": "Example Project description",
"lead": "Charlie",
"url": "",
"assigneeType": "PROJECT_LEAD",
"avatarId": 10200,
"issueSecurityScheme": 10001,
"permissionScheme": 10011,
"notificationScheme": 10021,
"categoryId": 10120

i want to know what actually is the key of the project template created using this tutorial  (

project template is added as an add-on in our JIRA instance.


The key is: "your addon key" + ":" + "plugin module key". Please check the REST help I linked in the previous comment.

For the tutorial, plugin module key is "my-project-template" and you need to check how the addon key is set in atlassian-plugin.xml, atlassian-plugin section. Usually it's combination of groupId and artifactId from the pom.xml, but you need to check it.

Thanks a lot Volodymyr :smile:

Now am able to use the project template for creating projects.

Hi Volodymyr,

A little more help required,actually am a newbie to JIRA

I have created a project template, but am unable to change the Template name and description which is displayed in create project dialog box.I tried changing the ".properties" file but changes are not getting reflected in create project dialog box.

please suggest me how to do this...attached is the screenshot for reference

image2017-2-20 10:25:12.png 

Hi Abhinay,

Changing the appropriate properties should certainly change the UI.

Only explanation is that old properties file is used. In you addon folder:

  • stop the addon
  • run atlas-mvn clean
  • launch it again atlas-run

Thanks Volodymyr, this works.

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