How do I install or enable the Jira REST API?

I've read the documentation and I'm still a little confused as to how I begin using the Jira REST API. I am a new member of my company's Jira instance and they have tasked me with developing an external plugin which leverages some of the data available with the API. I don't know too much about how the software is set up other than it appears that we are not hosting it in-house. I'm very familiar with how REST endpoints work, JSON, and all of that I just don't know if everything is already accessible and if so, at what URL.

Thank you in advance!

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You can find the REST specification here:

Just access the urls in browser to see if it is enabled. If not, make sure the 'Allow Remote API Calls' is turned ON under Administration > General Configuration.

I don't see General Configuration on my Administration page, all I see is Projects, Project Categories, User Management, Look and Feel, Tabs, Help and Support, and Jira Import. Also, which URLs should I try? My instance of Jira is hosted at, does that mean or any of the other exmaples should work?

Thanks for your help.

That did the trick, thank you!


For OnDemand, RPC calls should be ON by default.

That is Administration>General Configuration>Accept remote API calls

If you are using JIRA v7, see what  @Nic Brough [Adaptavist] stated here. The REST API is enabled by default since Version 7.



I am trying my REST api of hosted instance but its giving me 401 error even though i put basic headers

not an answer, put a new question please

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