How do I access the hosted Jira API via python?

Using the JIRA python module this example works:


from jira import JIRA
jira = JIRA('')
issue = jira.issue('JRA-9')
print(issue.fields.project.key) # 'JRA'
print( # 'New Feature'
print(issue.fields.reporter.displayName) # 'Mike Cannon-Brookes [Atlassian]'

But I can get authentication working.

For example how do I query an issue named ISE-4 in a project name MYPROJECT

I tried authed_jira = JIRA(basic_auth=('myuser', 'mypass')) but this does not seem to work.

Does the hosted JIRA API support basic authentication?

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you should use the following format:

jira = JIRA(basic_auth=(un, pwd), options={'server': server})

you need to pass in the server details as a connection option when you are specifying basic_auth.

in the example above, un pwd and server are all string variables.

When I try that I get a syntax error:


from jira import JIRA
#jira = JIRA('')
jira = JIRA(basic_auth=('user', 'password123!'), options={''})
issue = jira.issue('blah-12')


I Get this error:
ValueError: dictionary update sequence element #0 has length 29; 2 is required

You haven't setup your dictionary correctly in the example above, you just specified the url as a key with no value, instead of a key/value pair.

Options should be:

options = {'server': ''}

Ah sorry new to python, looks like she workin now thanks a bunch.

This works ....

from jira import JIRA

def main():

   options = {'server': jiraURL}
   jira = JIRA(options, basic_auth=(jiraUserName, jiraPassword))
   issue = jira.issue('ESS-138581')

   print issue.fields.project.key
   print issue.fields.reporter.displayName
   print issue.fields.summary

if __name__== "__main__" :


If you get handshake error [SSLV3_ALERT_HANDSHAKE_FAILURE]. Kindly install the following modules in python

  • pyOpenSSL
  • ndg-httpsclient
  • pyasn1
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