I see that you are looking to view your Jira Cloud site with a dark theme. At this time, Atlassian does not have a means for users to set a theme for the site. There is an existing feature request for this for Jira Cloud over in JRACLOUD-63150. I would recommend watching and voting on this issue to help our development and product management teams better understand the most desired features to plan for.
There is also a corresponding feature request for this in Jira Server over in JRASERVER-63150.
I'm very sad that Atlassian doesn't have plans to support most end-user needs. Until COVID all my entire team sitting home, so working night became more common. I'v turned dark everywhere. Almost everywhere..
Trying different surrogates as dark reader in Firefox only makes me more sad.
>I'm very sad that Atlassian doesn't have plans to support most end-user needs
I'd agree if it were true in this context, but "most end-user needs" is not something you can currently claim that a dark theme is.
Given the other stuff in JaC that we clearly need more, a dark theme is, at best, a "nice to have" and has a load more important things above it on the list.
Adding my name to the list of disappointed users. I've been going through and enabling dark mode everywhere I can and was disappointed (and surprised) that there's no option for Atlassian products. I know it might be tough given the scale of the application, but I added Dark Mode support to one of my professional web applications in a single night. And well developed and maintained stylesheets should make it relatively easy -- that's largely their point.
In any case, +1.
In my limited experience as a Jira admin, I see developers don't like Jira because either their leaders want to try to micromanage them (and hence force Jira admins to set up bad config) or their Jira admins don't quite get what it's for.
The reason it tends to be "forced on us" is because all the other tools are worse.
Much as I'm an Atlassian fan, I am pragmatic about it. Jira is like democracy - "Jira is the worst form of issue-tracking except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time"
Back to the dark theme topic and its priority - I strongly disagree with your mid 2020 statement @Nic Brough _Adaptavist_. I don't think addressing an issue that may literally impact your users' physical health should be a "nice to have" on any roadmap.
If someone thinks so called productivity or efficiency features are more important than something that would make your eyes not suffer and help to keep them healthy, they are not seeing it right.
So what if I can do the workload worth 5 workdays during 4 days thanks to great P1 improvements, if I won't be able to use Jira (despite I like it very much) say, 2 years from now, because of my eyes condition?
I work on multiple screens by the way and more often than not, have Jira on two of them.
Pessoal, quem não conseguir maneira melhor, recomendo essa extensão para o Google Chrome.
Deixa qualquer site em modo escuro, na maioria fica muito bom, quebra um galho.
I finally made it to the forums and I am glad to see that I am not going crazy. I haven't been using the Jira tools long but I feel like I am on the retro bus. I have a widescreen monitor (they have been around awhile now. hint Atlassian), and have had to keep eyedrops on my desk because of the burning my eyes feel after a few hours of work. I have as much whitespace as I do content.
I'm looking forward to the links provided to force a dark theme.
Phillip I feel your pain, I am not a fan of Jira nor do I expect them to implement a dark theme. If they did it would be for everyone and not just for you. An example of this is the board layout. If it is changed by anyone everyone get the change.
Since I develop for chrome I cannot customize it, it has to mimic the user experience.
I use Firefox to browse and use applications like jira.
Install the Dark reader plugin for Firefox.
You will be very happy.
The "Dark mode for Jira" chrome extension works great in my edge browser. Now I just need a hack to get the issues to take advantage of a widescreen monitor and not scrunch everything up like we are back in the 800x600 days.
I feel like this tool was meant to support code development teams. Yet when I put a code snippet into a comment I have to read it in a tiny 4 inch wide box and scroll to read a line. So what kind of code development did they think they were supporting. 140 some character tweets.
I am glad you found a solution, I don't/won't use edge. Try firefox it is a much better browser.
I do not believe the tool was originally for developers, most of us use it because management said so. Get use to doing more clicking than you had to in other software.
It would be nice if the popup could be expanded and moved. The work around is to click on the item link. It will open full sized in the tab.
You can enable dark mode for all sites from Chrome settings
Want to try it out? This option is available as a hidden flag in Chrome 78. Like all flags, it’s an experimental option that may change or be removed at any time. It one day may graduate to a proper option on Chrome’s Settings screen, or it may vanish completely.
To find it, type “chrome://flags” into Chrome’s Omnibox and press Enter.
Search for “Dark Mode” in the search box at the top of the Experiments page that appears.
Click the box to the right of “Force Dark Mode for Web Contents” and select “Enabled” for the default setting.
Click “Relaunch” to relaunch Chrome. Chrome will close and relaunch all your open web pages. Be sure to save any content on those pages—for example, things you’ve typed in text boxes—before relaunching the browser.
Browse and see how it works. If you don’t like it, head back to Chrome’s Experiments screen, change this option back to “Default,” and relaunch the browser. Chrome will stop messing with website colors after you disable this option.
You can also try other Force Dark Mode options. The different modes will products different results on web pages. Some of them will even invert light images, turning those images dark. This will make images look different, of course, but it may be convenient if you want a consistently dark desktop.
I've found that using an extension called 'Stylish' - https://userstyles.org/ works really well for Jira.
I've been using a theme called 'JIRA Dark 2020' and I've found it has been working much better than what using Force Dark mode on chrome was doing for me.
The reasons I found that the changes aren't across every website. Force dark mode tends to break some and make them unusable.
JIRA Dark 2020 doesn't contrast too heavily and maintains images and graphs so they're still readable too.
I'd like to add an amendment to my post.
Stylish is not the one due this article being brought to my attention:
Although Stylish is back on App Stores; after the history of Stylish it seems like a corrupted entity now.
So after a second of research I found Stylus which is the open source equivalent of Stylish. All styles from userstyles.org are applicable here included the one mentioned in my prior post.
Stylus Chrome extension
Working great until Atlassian decide to move into the 2020's :)
@kristian_walsh - Yeah, agreed. The macOS app does present a focused user experience (like the mobile app), which I didn't know until I tried it this month. :(
I still generally recommend it to folks who are using Jira very simply (not many folks, in my experience, but some).
My favorite part about having the macOS app open is getting toast notifications when people leave comments on my tickets. 😂
The silly part to all of this ... almost all of us are developers and we know how easy it would be to implement a dark mode feature. It's really not that hard to toggle a CSS selector and take advantage of inheritance. As another post noted... this has been the #2 requested feature and has been in pursuit since 2016 (5 years ago).
Additional information that I think is relevant:
As companies who are using Atlassian products are getting larger, the answer is not to download random plug-in since the larger companies have strict Third Party agreement rules. This can not be left as a 'get a plug-in' answer or even a use the browser settings. My company has both the browser's settings locked down and will not allow random plug-ins without a full EULA established with the plug-in's maker. This MUST be native function.
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