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Note: We’ve updated this article to reflect the progress of themes in Jira 19/04/2023
We’re moving into beta! That means you’ll no longer need to opt-in through Jira labs to change the appearance of your Jira Cloud Products.
Our biggest milestone moving into beta is that marketplace apps have begun transitioning to being compatible with dark theme! We’ve worked out most of the bugs that were identified during the early access phase, thanks to the community. We know there could be a few more things to fix up, so we’re still eager to hear more feedback while the project is in the beta phase.
Choose between a dark theme or a light theme.
If you’re a bit of a night owl or you’re in dark mode on your other work tools and you want consistency, then Jira can join you on the dark side. Some other awesome dark theme benefits include:
reducing eye fatigue
improved accessibility for people who are sensitive to light
lower energy consumption of some devices
it looks really cool
If you like it bright, try out light theme. While it’s similar to Jira’s original theme, you might notice some subtle changes as we’ve updated the contrast across our colors to help with accessibility and usability.
Jira’s original theme isn’t getting the boot just yet so if you like things the way they are, there’s no need to change to the new themes for now.
There are a few ways to change the theme on your Jira Cloud products. You can still control your theme from your Personal Settings page just like before. But for beta, we’ve added a new and extra fast theme-switching method via the Account icon on the top navigation bar.
If you’d like to chose a theme via the Account icon on the top navigation bar:
Select your Account icon in the top navigation bar.
Select the theme you’d like to use.
If you’d like to chose a theme via your Personal settings page:
Go to Settings > Personal Jira settings.
Scroll down the page to Theme.
Select the theme you’d like to use.
Selecting Match system will sync the theme to your device. If you’re using a device that has a dark or light theme, Jira will match that.
If you’re an admin with more than 10 users on your site and you don’t want this feature available in your instance, please contact our support team.
The majority of our products are looking pretty sweet in the new themes, but there are a few bits and bobs that are definitely a work in progress. It won’t affect all our users, but depending on your setup, those areas might look a little odd during the beta period.
If you find parts of Jira that don’t look quite right with the new themes, please give us feedback through the feedback link on your Personal settings page.
The feedback link on your Personal settings page.
If you’re working in your project and notice the top navigation bar is a custom color that isn’t compatible with the new dark theme, your admin may have changed the site colors. You’ll need to contact your admin to revert the colors, then they’ll work with the new themes.
To revert the colors of a Jira site and make it compatible with the new themes, an admin will need to:
Go to Settings > System.
Under USER INTERFACE, select Look and feel.
Find the section titled Navigation colors.
Select Revert to reset the custom colors.
All these things will continue to work normally, they just might look odd while we make them compatible with the new themes. If you’re experiencing any of these bugs and you feel like they are too distracting or disruptive, you can change back to the original theme.
The Editor experience
The Editor experience affects all of our products, specifically when viewing and creating issues and Pro-Forma for Jira Service Management. The areas that we are working on are:
Viewing and editing panels
We’ve enabled the theming of Marketplace apps built with Connect and Forge across all Jira Cloud customer instances. Marketplace partners are busy getting their apps ready to support theming, and you’ll see themed apps in your instance once that work is done and released by partners.
Thanks to a few of our early adopter partners who collaborated with us during the pilot and early access programs to test and share feedback, and worked hard to have apps now ready to support theming!
We adopted the new design tokens and implemented themes in JXL for Jira together with a big enhancement of the conditional formatting feature in our issue tables. It now has a 90-shades colour spectrum that instantly adjusts to the theme. As always, we poured a lot of design love and attention to detail into it and it turned out just perfect. Check it out yourself.
Appfire maintains its own design system, so part of the process of implementing this feature across our product ecosystem meant ensuring that global dark mode in Atlassian works seamlessly with Appfire’s own implementation of dark mode. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve rolled out dark mode in Issue Matrix for Jira as part of the pilot program (with JSU not far behind), and we’re looking forward to enabling this feature on more apps, so our customers can fully customize their Atlassian sites.
Exciting news for those using Timesheets by Tempo within Jira! Tempo now supports dark mode when planning or logging time in the issue view. This new enhancement provides a more seamless experience for Tempo and Jira users — in addition to helping reduce eye strain and providing more comfort when working in low-light conditions.
If you're a Marketplace Partner, see our quick start instructions for theming Connect apps. For all the details and latest updates, follow our developer community announcement, where you can ask questions and get help.
Embedded Confluence experience
This bug should be fixed over the next week (we’re so close!). In the meantime, if you're embedding Confluence pages in any Jira products, they might look a bit like a Zebra. The bug primarily affects knowledge based articles in Jira Service Management.
Illustrations and images
We’re working on getting the many images (over 1000!) across Jira Cloud products to be compatible with dark theme. In the meantime it might look a little odd while we work to identify all the custom images and create darker versions of each one.
Before I sign off, I’d love to give a shout-out to the many teams across Atlassian that helped bring this much-anticipated feature to life. We’re all so excited to see it out in the wild!
We’ll keep you posted on any updates, so like and follow this post to follow the journey.
If you have any immediate thoughts or questions, you can share it in the comment thread below
Thanks for reading,
Product Manager, Jira Software