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Configure JIRA to show only Absolute Dates instead of Relative Dates

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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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.


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

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

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

Like Dominik Bauchner likes this

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

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

It works for me on v7.12.0  Thanks.

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

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

This works for me with 6.4.10

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

@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.

Tip for everyone in here: Just install free add-on Relative time converter from @MoroSystems Support 


Hi @Tomáš Vrabec ,

I've tried your app, and unfortunately had to de-install it as it only corrects the date format for issues comments & history.

Since I'm using Xray to print out traceability reports to our customers, I still need to provide an information that gives better information than "yesterday" or "4 days ago". If you're involved in MoroSystems, please feel free to provide a solution that replaces the workaround quoted above, with parameter value update.

Unfortunately, this workaround does not work anymore for very recent JIRA server versions, as stated in JRASERVER-41506 comments. That is why I have asked Atlassian to re-open it.


Hi @Damien de Paysac I am not anymore involved within this solution partner, but still do have a lot friends over there.

Lets try to tag them, and hopefully someone will take care about your suggestion :-) 

Hello @MoroSystems Support could you take a look this suggestion? Relative Time converter should be maintained as its very useful and personally - its part of the architecture for every customer I am working with :-)

Have a nice day guys!


Another option that avoids the need to create or modify is to add this setting to the jira database. Here is SQL that will insert the setting into a PostgreSQL DB:


select max(id)+1 as id into newid from propertyentry;

insert into propertynumber (id,propertyvalue) values (,0);

insert into propertyentry (id, entity_name, entity_id, property_key, propertytype) values (,'',1,'',1);

drop table newid; 

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