Clearer definition of differences between Jira Core & Jira Software

This question is in reference to Atlassian Documentation: JIRA applications overview

So, I've read the documentation about being able to update JIRA Software from within JIRA itself, and I understand that to upgrade JIRA Core I have to download the installer.

What I'd like more clearly explained is what do I and what don't I get if I upgrade JIRA Software and not Core, and the reverse, can I upgrade JIRA Core without upgrading JIRA Software?

Just a bit clearer on differences is all I ask for.

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Hi Jonas,

 This link should help you with your answers, this is more to do with licensing too

 So JIRA Core is the Core part of issue tracking and management that JIRA is meant for

 JIRA Software is JIRA Core + JIRA Agile

More information on updating JIRA Core or JIRA Software is on

If you update JIRA Software from within the admin page, JIRA Core will not be updated, downtime would not be required.

If you download the installer and update, JIRA Core and Software will be updated but you would need a downtime.




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Sam Hall Community Champion Nov 21, 2016

Hi Jonas,

How about this page:

There is a simple feature summary towards the bottom of the page. This is from early in the year, so is a little stale. For example, Core now has some simple board functionality:

Also, Akeles Consulting have a decent overview here:


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