It's possible migrating projects from JIRA 3 to JIRA 7?


I have a JIRA 3 and JIRA 7. We've been using JIRA 3 all this time. Now, we want to use the latest version of JIRA.

Update JIRA 3 to JIRA 7 is a fairly complex procedure. We need to export JIRA 3 projects to JIRA 7.

But, the zip that generates XML Backup in JIRA 3 is not valid when you import it into JIRA 7.

Any help?



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Jeremy Mooiman Community Champion Jul 17, 2017

Dear Jorge,

As far as I am aware you will have to do certain upgrade steps; You will first need to upgrade to JIRA 4.4.5

Above steps are for upgrading data.

Friendly Regards,


You'll need to go further if you're planning to use project import.  From 4.4.5, you need to upgrade again to 5.2, then 6.4, then 7.  Project import requires that the source and target systems are on the same version.

Jeremy Mooiman Community Champion Jul 17, 2017

Dear Nic,

This is indeed correct and also pointed out on the linked documentation;

follow the instructions in the general Upgrading JIRA guide, as well

If you're upgrading to JIRA 7.0, you should consult the Migration hub. JIRA 7.0 contains functionality that affects your user management, application access and log in permissions, and it's very important that you understand the requirements and the implications before you upgrade. The Migration hub has all this information in one handy space.

Friendly Regards,


In a test instance with JIRA 5, I've tried performing an XML Backup.

That zip I could import it into a JIRA 7 without any problem.

So. Is really necessary realize the entire update?



Generally, yes, it is.

The importer in 7 is a little bit more robust than the ones for 6, but we've found it can quietly lose data if you try to import from xml created by 5 or 6.

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