Bulk delete users

When I imported a redmine project into jira, all the the redmine project users were unexpectedly created in our jira instance. I now need to delete 100+ users. Can I mass delete these new users somehow?

Thanks!

Yen

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Anna Cardino Atlassian Team May 21, 2014

Hi Yen,

It would be safer to use JIRA Command Line Interface removeUser action. UserunFromSql to do it in bulk. Doing database actions directly is error prone and you need to understand all the application's database structure. The dangers of doing direct database actions have been commented on numerously on this site.

Hope it helps.

Monique

Thanks Monique - I did see this answer but I was hoping there was an option within the ondemand instance where I can just check box names and delete them.

Write a little js code as follows and run it in Chrome after logging into the Admin console.  

var baseURL = "https://mycompany.atlassian.net//admin/rest/um/1/user?username=";

function deleteUser(userId) {
var xhttp = new XMLHttpRequest();
xhttp.open("DELETE", baseURL+userId, true);
xhttp.send();
console.log(responseText);
}

function bulkDelete() {
var usersToDelete = ["user1", "user2", "user3"];
for (var i=0; i< usersToDelete.length; i++) {
deleteUser(usersToDelete[i];
}

}

Thanks for this - very handy script.
Small correction - you're missing the close bracket on the last line of code (the deleteUser() call).

deleteUser(usersToDelete[i]);
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When I attempt this I get a "undefined" error on line 1. I even attempted to not wrap the baseURL into a variable and place it directly in the function and I still get an "undefined" error on line 1 :/

UPDATE: I just needed to add "bulkDelete();" to the snippet. Also there was an issue with the "responseText". I was able to rewrite it and now works as expected:

var baseURL = "https://mycompany.atlassian.net/admin/rest/um/1/user?username=";

function deleteUser(userId) {
console.log('Deleting '+userId);
return fetch(baseURL+userId, {
method: 'DELETE',
credentials: 'same-origin',
})
.then(res => console.log(res, res.text()))
.catch(function(error) {
console.log('There has been a problem with your fetch operation: ', error.message);
});
}

function bulkDelete() {
var usersToDelete = [
"user1",
"user2",
"etc"
];
for (var i=0; i< usersToDelete.length; i++) {
deleteUser(usersToDelete[i]);
}
}

bulkDelete();

 

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Here's a working version:

 


var baseURL = 'https://raprec.atlassian.net/admin/rest/um/1/user?username=';

var usersToDelete = ['person@company.com', 'bob@company.com'];

 

function deleteUser(userId) {

    console.log('Deleting ' + userId);

    return fetch(baseURL + userId, {

        method: 'DELETE',

        credentials: 'same-origin'

    })

    .then(res => console.log(res, res.text()))

    .catch(function(error) {

        console.log('There has been a problem with your fetch operation: ', error.message);

    });

}


Promise.all(usersToDelete.map(deleteUser)).then(_ => console.log('All done!'));
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Another possible alternative to delete users programatically is writing a script and using the JIRA REST API:

The feature request raised for bulk user delete operations in JIRA is https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/JRA-8047, and you may vote on it to increase its visibility with our developers.

 

When I attempt this I get a "undefined" error on line 1. I even attempted to not wrap the baseURL into a variable and place it directly in the function and I still get an "undefined" error on line 1 :/

UPDATE: I just needed to add "bulkDelete();" to the snippet. Also there was an issue with the "responseText". I was able to rewrite it and now works as expected:

var baseURL = "https://mycompany.atlassian.net/admin/rest/um/1/user?username=";

function deleteUser(userId) {
console.log('Deleting '+userId);
return fetch(baseURL+userId, {
method: 'DELETE',
credentials: 'same-origin',
})
.then(res => console.log(res, res.text()))
.catch(function(error) {
console.log('There has been a problem with your fetch operation: ', error.message);
});
}

function bulkDelete() {
var usersToDelete = [
"user1",
"user2",
"etc"
];
for (var i=0; i< usersToDelete.length; i++) {
deleteUser(usersToDelete[i]);
}
}

bulkDelete();

I know I'm a little late but you could also explore using Jelly scripts.

 

https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/JIRA/Jelly+Tags#JellyTags-jira:RemoveUser

And deleted :)

I wrote a little bash script which accepts a file with a list of usernames, then runs curl to call the API to delete each user.

Usage:

$ cat foo
ninja
$ ./jiracmd-user-delete foo
Jira Base URL:https://jira.uwo.ca
Username:aculver
Password:
ninja: {"errorMessages":["Cannot delete user 'ninja' because 12 issues were reported by this person.","Cannot delete user 'ninja' because they have made 11 comments."],"errors":{}}

If the delete was successful, you'll see a line reading "username:"

If the delete failed, you'll see "username: {json containing error message}"

Script:

#!/bin/bash

# CONFIG
# Give these values to skip prompts

adminuser=
jira=

# END CONFIG

if [ $# -ne 1 ]; then
echo "Usage: $0 infile"
exit 1
fi

infile=$1
if [ ! -r $infile ]; then
echo "Can't read file: $infile"
exit 1
fi

if [ -z $jira ]; then
echo -n "Jira Base URL:"
read jira
fi

if [ -z $adminuser ]; then
echo -n "Username:"
read adminuser
fi

echo -n "Password:"
read -s adminpass
echo

cmd=DELETE
api=/rest/api/2/user

while read u; do
echo -n "$u: "
curl --insecure --silent --show-error -u $adminuser:$adminpass -X $cmd -H "Content-Type: application/json" "$jira$api?username=$u"
echo
done < $infile

 

There is a plugin called "Bulk User Delete for Jira" that will do it. 

https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/com.empyra.bud.BulkUserDeleteforJira/server/overview

You just won't be able to delete administrators in bulk. It only works for non-admin users. 

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