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Moving to JIRA from github-issues

I have previously used JIRA, but now I have joined a company which is using github-issues to track all their work.

I have proposed to move to JIRA since we are quickly growing in numbers (both developers and QA) and the github issue tracking system is starting to fall behind in our needs.

Since we work Agile. Our main concern is transitioning from our current github issues system to JIRA without loosing track of anything.

Right now we have different github repos for different projects and we *try* to keep all issues consolidated in their own 'issues' repo. When needed we simply make a reference to the code in another project. Some smaller projects use their integrated github issue tracking.

Is there any best practices manuals or whitepapers on how to make this transition?

I am aware of the plugins to integrate github and JIRA, the question is not about linking existing JIRA issues but about moving all the issues info we currently have in github to JIRA *and* then link those issues to their respective projects/code when needed.


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dRad Atlassian Team May 02, 2013

Hey Joel-

We have a plugin that does just this:

It will import your issues from GitHub into JIRA. Let me know if you have any questions.

Dan Radigan

Agile Evangelist, JIRA, Atlassian

These plugins are great, but they don't help those who are using OnDemand.

It would be excellent if Atlassian provided such a solution for those who are using OnDemand!

Like Khoa Nguyen likes this

Hi Dan. I've downloaded it but I'm getting a 404 error when I try to connect through plugin JIRA GITHUB IMPORTER. Can you help me? I try to delete my app permissions on github, but it didn't work.

dRad Atlassian Team Mar 12, 2014

Hey Antonio... This sounds like a configuration issue or a bug. Can you raise an issue at

Is this still unavailable for OnDemand?

None of the resources above are available anymore.  I'm getting nothing but 404 or Moved, but it doesn't show me where it moved to.  

I cannot believe it is this difficult to get from GitHub into Jira Cloud.  Any tips for actually getting this done?  

I haven't experienced this before, but there was few people who mentioned they managed to do this by building up their own scripts to export issues from GitHub to CSV files to be imported to JIRA using the CSV importer:



Maybe others in this forum have better ways.

All the best

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dRad Atlassian Team Jul 19, 2013


I'd raise an issue with our support to see what we can do for you.


Hello Dan,

It's very hard for onDemand users to move from github to Jira!!

This script aims to generate a JIRA-friendly JSON file from GitHub issues:

I'm testing it out with OnDemand now.

fyi. Just used this and it works great. Uses token as well so you can use with team accounts with new api.


Is there any other way by which I can import all of my gitHub issues with comments to my Jira cloud, the method I have found is importing from CSV. Is there any plugin available to perform this? I tried DVCS Jira inbuilt plugin but it reaches the gitHub rate limit very quickly and sync fails. Pls advise.

I've written mine in PHP if this helps

PHP is a little more accessible for me, yes. Do you mind sharing your script in a Gist, with some basic directions? :) I would be happy to extend the directions for 'dummys' like myself after I use it.

It would be most excellent to allow this to be done in OnDemand instances.

I've managed to move my github issues to OnDemand after creating a script that extract issues in CSV format then inserted them using the external import of issues in Jira

I've seen a few such scripts shared in Gists .. problem for me is they are all writtien for Python, or Ruby, etc, and I'm not a 'developer'. If there are well written instructions I can push buttons though :p

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