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Configure JIRA to show only Absolute Dates instead of Relative Dates

AgilePM May 28, 2013

Looking to configure our JIRA isntance to always show absolute dates (e.g. 5/22/2013) instead of Relative dates (e.g. Wednseday) when viewing issues.

I have referenced these two pages but I do not think they apply to my problem:

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Kapil Bolli May 28, 2013

Hi Agile ,

To change to Relative Dates do the below steps:

Under Look & Feel : use the Date Format: MM/dd/yy

Create a file under JIRA HOME Dir.

Add Property

Then Restart JIRA.


AgilePM May 29, 2013

Thanks Kapil, I also found based on your answer :)

Maya S Chase Jan 30, 2015

We tried this solution, and the relative dates are still showing. We're on version 6.3.12. Is there something we're missing?

Russ Barth Feb 21, 2015

How do you do this if you're Jira is hosted by Atlassian?

@Russel , I filed a request to the support. 20Minutes and its done (from the request creation to effectiveness)

Shell D Mar 23, 2017

Doesn't work for v7.2.3, still shows relative dates

kyo hwang Nov 05, 2018

It works for me on v7.12.0  Thanks.

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Andy May 09, 2017

Hello! This did not work for me in Jira 7.3.5.

It's really crucial for Service desk project, where we track hours.

Is there somebody with successfull experience on switching to absolute dates in JIRA 7?

Yes it worked for me on Jira 7.5

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Andrian Jardan Apr 30, 2015

I also tried this on 6.4 and I still see relative dates.

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Michael Kornatzki Sep 22, 2015

This works for me with 6.4.10

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Francisco Morgado Gonzalez Jun 11, 2019 • edited

Try this... 

Stop Jira

Modify :

<"jira installation">/WEB-INF/classes/jpm.xml

<default-value>true</default-value> <<<< Put to "false"

Start Jira

Re-index Jira


This works for me with Jira 7.12. (Server and Data Center)

This action showing absolute dates

Pam Weber I'm New Here Thursday

@Francisco Morgado Gonzalez, per this page:  

Advanced Jira application configuration

you should NEVER update the jpm.xml file as these changes will not be migrated when you upgrade to a new version of software.  This file is for defaults only. 

This page provides instructions for turning off the relative dates and worked for me:

Disable Relative Dates in Jira Applications

As  outlined in the first response by @Kapil Bolli, make sure that you restart your Jira application after creating/updating the file.

Hi Pam,

Thanks for the clarification. I will try the instructions.

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