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JIRA - How do I change the 'full name'?

Anup Cherian Jul 19, 2016

The 'full name' field is grayed out, and I can only change the email and username. How do I change the 'full name'?

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Jakob Bagterp Oct 19, 2016

A workaround is to use the browser's developer tools. In Chrome:

  1. Open the user from User Management you want to edit.
  2. Click "Edit".
  3. Right click on the greyed input field next to "Full name" and choose "Inspect".
  4. Revise the name value in the HTML, e.g. "John Doe" to "Doe John", and click outside the editing field to force the browser display the name on the page.
  5. Click "Save" in the edit user modal.
  6. Voila, "John Doe" is hereby updated to "Doe John".
D3UC Oct 19, 2016

This worked perfectly! Thanks for taking the time to respond!

Silver Ilves Oct 22, 2016

Thanks Jakob!! That's so user friendly I want to cry 😂

Anatiky Knigin Nov 10, 2016

OMG, you made my day!

Mark Kucera Dec 15, 2016

Three cheers for good security.  You should never allow updates to a field that isn't editable on the screen.  

Jeremy Stafford Dec 21, 2016

i just wanted eat up some of Atlassian's database by leaving a comment here to formally convey my reaction to this: LMAO

Anton Bondarenko Jan 05, 2017

Thank you,  Jakob! Atlassian - LOL!!!

Deleted user Jan 13, 2017

Genius in its awesome simplicity.   THANK YOU

Soporte Atlassian NB Jan 18, 2017

Love ya smile

Jason Sethi Jan 31, 2017

Has anyone else noticed that the name changes back to the previous name the next day?  That's happening for me.

Mariusz Wroblewski Feb 07, 2017

The same goes at my JIRA instance Jason, dont know why.

Harrie Verveer Feb 07, 2017

Same here, this "solution" only works for 1 day

Jason Thompson Apr 18, 2017

Doesn't work anymore now.  

Ron Cuthbert May 02, 2017

that was awesome! Thanks Jakob

Mariusz Wroblewski May 03, 2017 • edited

It works still, but just for 1 day,

Jakob Bagterp Jul 19, 2017

Doesn't work anymore, I'm afraid. Atlassian has disabled the hack while also the admin's create user form has been revised over a number of iterations.

Mariusz Wroblewski Jul 20, 2017

Well.. so I wanted to to and audit and change full name of couple of employees because in full name "login" was put.


Now i can;t do that as i would mean i have to delete their accounts and create new ones- this would destroy everything for that user

So why we can;t do that?

Jeremy Stafford Aug 25, 2017

This seems to no longer work. Creating new users doesn't even ask me to provide a name anymore. wtf?

Now, you can not define a full name for user at all. It's been removed from the "create new user" flow, plus it's not possible to edit. 

Must be a bug. I cannot imagine this is intended. 

Sam Hall Sep 01, 2017 might still allow full name to be set when creating:


Amit Lavi Feb 14, 2018

Tha new Managed accounts are now under the domain name in the admin site. 

one you get the manage domain then there is the manage account that will allow you to change the username (Name) of the user

I think you mean this:

But that only works in the rare case (I think) that all your users share a domain in their email-address that is within a domain you own (doesn't work with gmail accounts, or if you service a Jira instance for your customers, or if your customers like to use different domains because they like to use their own emailadresses).

It's quite odd that I cannot create new users anymore (like Sam Hall shows above) and that I cannot control the users I have created. Imo a limitation that wasn't necessary. It has nothing to do with security, in fact, it is kind to new users if you can create them with a good display name.

17 votes
Dann Martens Oct 05, 2016

This is what worked for me, since (as you might have noticed) Atlassian moved to a new IAM system. Let the user log in to 

Change the full name to your desire.


Then wait for eventual consistency. It took a few minutes for the update to percolate.


Raphael Frey Oct 25, 2017

this works fine.

the browser / dailog Workaround doens't work

Edwin Goddard Nov 17, 2017 • edited

same for me.

Thanks @Dann Martens


Paul Leigh Feb 08, 2018

This worked for me too, thanks.

The problem with this approach is, however, the part where you say "let the user log on". That means you have to explain to each user how to do this, instead of being kind and doing it for them.

Munkonge Awosanya May 11, 2018

This worked for me, thank you for this! 

4 votes
Courtney Miles Oct 11, 2016

Do this at your own peril...

Atlassian are enforcing this restriction only client-side.  Using your browsers developer tools, you can remove the disabled attribute from the input field.

You can now edit the Full Name and successfully save it.

Joni Dec 06, 2016

This seemed to do it. I originally had my initials as Full Name in Atlassian account, and real full name in Cloud account. When they merged the accounts, they changed the initials to both accounts, which my cowrkers did not appreciate. So I tried to change the Full Name for the Atlassian account, which never (2-3 weeks) relayed to the Cloud side. This saved my day smile

They fixed this security issue... the hack doesn't work anymore.

3 votes
Betty Quay Aug 08, 2017

As administrator I REALLY need to be able to control the display name for new users.   Some of our users are external - we identify them by adding the client name to the back of the display name


WHY DID THIS CHANGE - it was perfectly fine the old way

this is very disappointing / not at all user friendly / obvious

Stephanie Latterman Aug 17, 2017

I completely agree!!

Mariusz Wroblewski Aug 18, 2017

We got the same problem. Some long time ago created accounts are in different naming convention, and i have no option to normialize that. I don't want to deletecreate new!!

2 votes
Betty Quay Oct 01, 2018

The way I have seen this handled in the past is to separate the functions

i.e. keep the bit that is needed for single sign on separate / in the system admin function side

and have a "display" name available at the application level

the display name is linked to the user id but can be updated / edited as needed to provide some level of application specific naming consistency.  I would go so far as to say the display name could only be updated by an administrator - not but the user themselves

I think I originally logged this issue - have given up in expecting a reasonable response (or even understanding as to why this is a problem for some of us) and as suspected generally see a big mix of  ids in reports.   from our perspective (we are small users but ...) - it is very hard to know for sure if someone is internal or external (a client) by just looking at the name.  We generally can tell by the project but that should not be the case

my 2 cents

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Martin Feineis Sep 15, 2016

The User them self can update it in there profile settings --> Atlassian account. As an Admin you can do it with logging in as the user, but you might need to change their password.

1 vote
Joe Lehn Aug 23, 2017 • edited

To change the full name, you need to be logged in as that user.  Once logged in:

1. Click on the user icon and select 'Profile'.



2. On the profile page, click 'Edit Profile'Step2.png

3. Next to the full name field, select the link for 'Manage in Atlassian Account.'Step3.png

On the next form you can edit the full name for the current user.  Enter the name, Save it, and it may take a few minutes for the change to propagate through the system.  A browser refresh may also help.

This works only for the actual user himself, an administrator, even when impersonating that account, is not able to do this.

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Cindy Kapas Mar 06, 2018

As an administrator I can edit my own name following the above steps, but a user that is not an administrator cannot do this for their own profile and administrator with global permissions is not able to edit their name for them even when impersonating them.

Nic Brough [Adaptavist] Community Leader Mar 06, 2018

Yes, that's correct. 

You can not change the full name of an account that does not belong to you.

Cindy Kapas Mar 06, 2018 • edited

Okay so I figured out the solution to this. When I had the user that misspelled their name login to their account and go to their profile, the hyperlink for the Atlassian account was not there like it was for me (as pictured).  So I had the user go to to login and go to "Account settings" and from there the user was able to edit their full name and save their changes. The user then logged out of Jira Cloud and logged back in and saw that the changes reflected in their Jira Profile. Hope this helps others!

Atlassian account link.png

heewon May 01, 2018


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Betty Quay Aug 24, 2017

Signing on as a user is not an acceptable response.   First of all I would consider this to be a huge security breach especially if I change data that the user technically should "own".   The sign on option is nice to check what the user is seeing versus what I might see as admin but I would never change data on what is effectively their view of life.   

Applications should have names that are for display only - i.e. stand independent from any other application security.   

Emails / sign on user ids can be totally separate entries that remain uneditable.  

Display names are exactly what they sound like - they appear on reports / screens only and they can be managed by the user OR by the application administrator

1 vote
Naos Wilbrink Sep 01, 2017

None of the proposed solutions worked for me. 

@atlassian when are you going to fix this?

Sam Hall Sep 01, 2017

I think the workaround / hack suggested by Jakob is out of date now (or at least doesn't work permanently).

Getting the user to change themselves (along the lines suggested by Joe Lehn) should work though, but I guess that is not what you are after.

For what it is worth, there is a suggestion on Atlassian's public issue tracker about this:

Atlassian have responded on comments of that (for example on 11 Jul 2017). That's possibly the best one to watch/vote/comment to look out for updates.

Hopefully someone from Atlassian will come on here and comment.

Naos Wilbrink Sep 01, 2017

Thanks,... #stillfrustratedbutnottheendoftheworld

Thomas Schlegel Community Leader Sep 01, 2017
Jeff Williams Sep 21, 2017

I tried the Browser Tools method and my cloud instance seemed to silently ignore the changed input. I think Atl. must have fixed the server-side code since the field workaround was, in essence, a security leak.

1 vote
Frederic Worm Apr 16, 2018

This should be fixed. I can't run after everyone who only enters the first name when signing in.

Atlassian, why do you change thinks that work? I don't get it.

- I can't delete rooms in Stride.
- The UI of Jira is far less intuitive than before and I have to explain everyone in our company where they can find their stuff
- And now I have to run after everyone if they don't enter their names correctly

This is annoying...

1 vote
Raman Gupta May 08, 2018

This is so stupid. I can't even set the full name or username when inviting a user, nor can I edit them afterwards.

Nic Brough [Adaptavist] Community Leader May 08, 2018

That's correct, the accounts do not belong to you, they belong to the user.

Raman Gupta May 08, 2018

Wrong, its my corporate JIRA instance. They do belong to me. All your base are belong to us :)

Nic Brough [Adaptavist] Community Leader May 08, 2018

Ok, it's not Cloud.  So you can edit them.  I guess you're just looking in the wrong place.

Raman Gupta May 08, 2018

Nope, its cloud. But its my corporate domain in cloud.

Gabriel Baciu May 18, 2018

Doesn't matter if it's cloud or not, if I am the admin of the licensed Jira I should be able to change any name to Peanut Butter Jelly and update their pictures to Mickey Mouse. The account does not belong to the user, it belongs to the company that paid for it and I am the administrator of it. The user only USES the account, the PC, the resources. He does not own them, he does not Pass GO, does not collect 200$.

Nic Brough [Adaptavist] Community Leader May 18, 2018 • edited

No.  You are wrong.

As a user here in community, you are using your Atlassian account.  Now imagine that you are using a Cloud Jira for your work as well.

You're saying that you would be happy for me, as an admin here but without any access to your Jira, to change your name on your Jira to "Gabriel Does Not Understand This System Baciu"?

If you want to own the accounts, you will need to swap Cloud to using accounts that you own and provide.  This will separate them from other Atlassian systems, and you'll need to provision them yourself, with g-suite or your own SAML solution.

Gabriel Baciu May 18, 2018 • edited

What you said actually makes sense, and now I understand. They own their account and the company owns the platform, which can be one of many they use on their account.

Turns out though, that if the user account is made through a managed domain, that Full Name CAN be changed by the admin :)

Thanks! :)

Raman Gupta May 18, 2018 • edited

That does make some sense.

Still, what does not make sense is that when I am inviting the user to my cloud-based JIRA, and that user does not have an existing Atlassian cloud account, Atlassian cloud does not allow me to set the proper full name. Nor does it do what would make sense, which is wait for the user to confirm they want the account and set up their profile, including their full name, during the sign-up process.

Rather, it creates the user right away (which means company admins can create Atlassian accounts for all sorts of people, which seems like a security issue, or at the very least something that can cause significant confusion), and assigns them a full name which is simply nonsense e.g. full name "Bob Bob" for user "Bob Smith". Said company admin then has to tell each user to go and edit their own profile manually -- and most users couldn't care less about this so they just leave it.

Jay Moskos Sep 25, 2018 • edited

We're not asking to change the user names everywhere. We're asking to change them in Cloud areas we are admins of.

There's a much simpler solution that Atlassian seems to be ignoring in favor of the ridiculously over-engineered with "Organizations"; there should just be a global name (the Atlassian ID level) and an optional name for each separate product domain. It's that simple.

It is infuriating to see users put their names as "Travel2018" (that's clearly their password ffs) and while JIRA is an otherwise great product, it's stupid changes like this that make the admins look unprofessional, feel powerless, and personally leaves me looking forward to the day we move over to Workfront.

Raman Gupta Oct 01, 2018

Great solution @Jay Moskos. There should be per-domain names that are independent of the global profile's identity.

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Mohit S. Kalra Jul 04, 2018

Kindly follow the below link to change the full name:

Hopefully it helps.

Suhail Mir Jul 04, 2018

that helped

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John Rotondo Oct 01, 2018

An admin should have full access to change display names for accounts that they administer. How do I police a user that posts an incomplete or even inappropriate display name? Delete them is the only option?! That's just crazy.

Nic Brough [Adaptavist] Community Leader Oct 01, 2018

They do.  But the accounts are not yours, they belong to the user (And Atlassian).  It would be illegal to let you change my name on my account because you would affect the use of it in all the systems you do NOT have any rights to change.

John Rotondo Oct 01, 2018

I would say that is a massive Atlassian design flaw then, because if my organization is granting a user access to our JIRA information, and we demand that all users supply their full first and last name instead of just one or the other, then we have a problem we cannot fix.

In my opinion and my employers, we do own that account access, and if we choose to demand that user to supply specific information in their account and have no way to enforce it, then that's a product shortcoming.

So how does Atlassian plan to address that? 

Nic Brough [Adaptavist] Community Leader Oct 01, 2018

No, your opinion does not fit with the reality of it here.  You do NOT own the account.  You've invited it into your system.

@Betty Quaywrote up a decent approach to fixing it in between my comments, although it suffers the weakness that the user can start seeing different names in different systems, which is counter-intuitive and likely to cause problems (especially for someone like me who has access to dozens of Cloud systems).

However, as far as I can tell, Atlassian have no plans to change this.

John Rotondo Oct 01, 2018

I understand your thinking here, but the approach does not fit with the business need of THIS particular customer. 

My company decided upon JIRA Cloud so that we could sidestep the management of the software. The users "invited" to our system are all brand new. They've never existed in the Atlassian database before (I mean, how could they? We just hired the employee and gave them email address), and that's the address they are required to use.

The approach is ass-backwards to me, and solves a problem for Atlassian, not the customer. I don't see how my opinion doesn't fit with reality here.

Nic Brough [Adaptavist] Community Leader Oct 01, 2018

I am sorry, I was not clear.  The reality is the account belongs to the user - your opinion of who it belongs to does not match this reality.

John Rotondo Oct 01, 2018

Nic, I understand your explanation, but in our usage, the account is useless to the user without our company granting permissions into our information. In that context, my challenge is "Why is it more important for the user to own the account rather than the administrator?". 

Why make this design decision? I can't imagine that our usage is unique across all JIRA instances (and by the length of this thread and list of confused users, I'm not alone in questioning it).

This seems like a design choice that makes things easy for Atlassian, and hard for the paying customer. 

Nic Brough [Adaptavist] Community Leader Oct 01, 2018

It's because Atlassian accounts are used to access many Atlassian things, many of which are owned by different people.  We're both using one now to talk here.

It's the same as other identity providers - google, facebook and steam accounts are other examples - the accounts belong to the user and allow access to different things owned by different people.

Raman Gupta Oct 01, 2018 • edited

Atlassian (and their seeming representative here Nic) are stuck on a certain way of thinking isn't aligned with how people actually use their system. I love Nic's use of language, repeated umpteem times on this thread to many different people:

"No, you're wrong."

"You're opinion does not match reality"

Apparently, everyone on this thread is just wrong, and no more needs be said :-)

I wouldn't place much stock in them changing anything on their end. You'll have to do what most of us have done which is to live with this dumb situation, or use another product (like Atlassian on-premises or a sane cloud product).

Raman Gupta Oct 01, 2018 • edited

Can I set the names of users in my Google Apps account? Yes, of course I can. I'm not adding random identities of random people to my cloud configuration -- I'm adding my own damn users.

Nic Brough [Adaptavist] Community Leader Oct 01, 2018

I'm not an Atlassian representative, and if you read the comments properly, you'll see that I'm not advocating this particular approach for them either.  Where I'm telling people they are wrong, it's about how it currently works, not how it should.

Personally, I don't actually care too strongly.  I understand some people want to dictate their user naming conventions. 

As an end user, I prefer that I can choose to be called what I like, rather than have an admin dictate something I don't, and prefer that when I'm using many systems, my display name remains what I like.

If you really want to dictate people's names to them, then the answer is simple - move to an identity system you do own (or wait for Atlassian to change Atlassian ID to annoy your users, which is unlikely).  Cloud allows for SAML and Google accounts as well as Atlassian IDs now.  You can use pretty much anything for Server versions too.

Jay Moskos Oct 01, 2018

Nic, if you're not an Atlassian representative and you admittedly "don't actually care too strongly", then why are you responding? I'm pretty sure I speak for us all when I say that your responses, and more specifically your combative and insulting tone, are just ticking everyone off more. No one expects that tone from someone with the badge "Community Champion". It certainly doesn't make me want to shell out thousands of dollars a year to Atlassian if Atlassian deems this as acceptable.

Getting back on point though, we all understand that this is Atlassian's ID system. The issue we have is that once a user enters a product we administer, we don't want the user to name themselves "Travel2018" (this is one of my user's passwords that they set as their name ffs) or any random thing. It makes us, as administrators, look like idiots and quite frankly, I'm perfectly capable of making myself look like an idiot without Atlassian's help.

The simple solution, mentioned by both myself and now Betty Quay, is just to have an optional Display Name that both the user and the administrator can modify for each product instance. Atlassian has even come back towards this ... albeit in the most complex possible way with "Organizations".

Really we're just asking Atlassian to give us back an optional power we previously had, while still keeping their ID system. That seems like a win for everyone, but I can't wait to hear you berate me that I'm wrong.

Nic Brough [Adaptavist] Community Leader Oct 01, 2018

Because I am trying to help. I've had a lot of help from people in this community and I like to put something back.   

Is it better that we leave someone flailing and vastly misunderstanding how it works, and not grasping that it is not going to work the way they might think it is, or would it be better to engage, ask and discuss?

I'll take the "combative" tone comment - yes, I do get angry and then post in grumpiness.  When people don't read the previous conversation.  When people keep banging on that their mistaken beliefs are right.  When people don't get it.  When they ignore what is being said, that's by far the worst one.

But I very rarely insult, and when I do, it's always, always, done when the other person insulted me first, and they've caught me in a bad mood as well (although I do take "not listening" as an insult)

And, you've fallen into the "When people don't bother to read the previous conversation" category - see my earlier comment about Betty's answer.

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John Rotondo Oct 02, 2018

You say you're trying to help, but you're insinuating that we're not reading previous comments, and therefore don't understand the issue. You state that our opinion does not match reality. For someone wearing the "Community Champion" moniker, you're doing a terrible job making people feel like part of a community.

To be clear Nic, I TOTALLY understand how it works. So does everyone else in this thread. We just disagree that this is the right approach for us (the customer). You can take a stand that we're incorrect and try to deflect our dissatisfaction of the product, but our comments are not meant for you. It's for Atlassian. So please, do us a favor and help. Be quiet.

Atlassian, I'd love to hear an official response on this complaint from multiple customers. One from a real company representative and not a community fanboy. Can you help us understand why you took this ability away from us, and what your plans are to allow companies to administer their own instances of your products?

John Rotondo Oct 02, 2018 • edited

Use case #164641:

I just had a user come to me in a panic and state that they accidentally posted their password as their display name. Since they are not familiar with Atlassian ID, he couldn't find his profile page to change it himself. He asked me to do it.

The only help I could provide was to delete his account and have him start over.

The good news is that there's also a bug in Atlassian products so that any content created by a user with the same email address as before will automatically gain ownership over that previous user's content, so he didn't lose anything. That little gem has caused trouble for us in other ways though, like when jsmith leaves the company and we get a new jsmith that inherits the old email address (and therefore also inherits content) from the previous user. Good times...

Jay Moskos Oct 02, 2018

Hi John,

Atlassian introduced the concept of Organizations to allow users to modify the details of cloud users. The catch is that the user's domain (e.g. must be verified with Atlassian as being owned by the administrator. It's not 100% what we're asking for, but it's something at least.

Organization administration

Domain verification (see "Verify a domain" section)

Managed accounts

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Nic Brough [Adaptavist] Community Leader Jul 19, 2016

Assuming you mean user accounts, you should be able to rename a user in the user management section (which isn't really in JIRA technically)

Kat Marasigan Sep 15, 2016

unfortunately, still not possible.

Designers Oct 02, 2016

Until now still cannot change. The "Full name" textbox just disabled and cannot edit.

Why make the update profile so hard for us?

Pls advise ASAP. Thanks.

Marie Muller-Noonan Oct 03, 2016


Marie Muller-Noonan Oct 03, 2016

Need to edit "Full Name" field

Jose Ignacio Torres Oct 03, 2016

You can change it on the Atlassian Account management.

When viewing the profile on JIRA, there's this small text:

"Update these details through your Atlassian Account."

D3UC Oct 04, 2016

I cannot change the Full name in the admin section or logging in as the user...when I log in as the user, the system prompts me to change MY full name on my account.



David Skreiner Oct 04, 2016

Editing active users is only partly possible.

AFAIK you could set the user as inactive, log in as admin, edit the now inactive user from the JIRA Admin UserBrowser, change the Full Name, and re-activate the user. 

Dann Martens Oct 05, 2016

I tried what you proposed, but it didn't work: even when the user was deactivated, the "Full name" field was still disabled.

Harvey Evans Aug 25, 2017

Same issue here.  Unable to do anything on the Administrator side, but the user is unable to edit it themselves in Atlassian Profile.  I'm wondering if this is a problem with Internet Explorer, which is unfortuantely the enforced browser in many organisations?  I can do it in Chrome.

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Tony Pakium Dec 07, 2016

Great tip - worked a treat.

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