Export or back-up a single project

Has anyone figured out a simple solution for exporting a single JIRA project? This documentation indicates that I would have to spin up a new instance of JIRA, import a back up, delete the unwanted projects, and then make a new back up.


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3 years later and there still no answer for this.

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But none of those have an answer other than

"Take a complete backup and import from that a single project"

This is no scalable solution sad

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Hi Lee,

I'm not sure if you have been able to come up with a solution to your question, but Onna (http://onna.com) integrates with JIRA.  You can index, process, and export data from a single project into a csv or dat file with its eDiscovery app.  Hope this helps! 


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Hi all,

Because we have solved this problem many times with our customers in past, we have a pretty simple solution. While the recommended Atlassian procedure is safe and verifiable, however, if you have several hundred projects in the JIRA, this solution is not effective.

Unfortunately, Atlassian JIRA even today does not allow to export / import only one single project. However, you can help with plugin eg. "Configuration manager for JIRA" since version 5.x. I assume you need to import one particular project in another JIRA (for example, in a JIRA test).

The steps are as follows

  1. You install the "Configuration manager for JIRA" plug-ins on both JIRAs (to simplify - CMJ)
  2. In JIRA A, you will use the CMJ plugin to snapshot the project setup - as instructed at Snapshot Management
    (A snapshot of the project configuration is created + all issue data)
  3. in JIRA A you download this snapshots file to a local PC
  4. In JIRA B using the CMJ plug-in, Deploy snapshot (import file) - as instructed at Snapshot Deployement
  5. Done

I hope I've helped you

Best Regards
Pavel Junek
MoroSystems Support

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For my own (rather specific) use-case, I wrote this script:


It uses the JIRA API to export a project's issues and metadata as JSON.

You could probably also write an importer the same way (I didn't need that though).

Thanks, giving this a try

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Is there a solution for JIRA Cloud available? Or would I need to perform my own engineering magic to create a solution? 


I check the above proposals but none are feasible (Configuration manager only works for server).

Hi Armin,

Check out this guide on how to collect and export from JIRA (cloud) with Onna: https://intercom.help/onna/current-integrations/web-integrations/how-to-collect-from-jira 

Hope this helps! 



Hi Mayda,


thank you for the quick response. I have reviewed the initial export description but it does not include the Project contents including JIRA security setups which I would require to export as well.

The project itself has no default workflow, the workflows from JIRA itself require exporting as well, are these covered?

 Does Onna cover these open ends as well and then for JIRA cloud?

Please confirm.


Kind Regards,

Hi Armin,

Onna integrates with the JIRA Software Cloud REST API and collects the metadata available from that API. We support exports as well. Please feel free to email me at mayda@onna.com if you have any further questions.

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