JIRA jira.i18n.title ignored by workflow

I am trying to change the title on one of our workflow transitions buttons using the jira.i18n.title property. The workflow is ignoring the property and my button is not being renamed. Have I configured it incorrectly? Are there additional properties I need to set? Here is what I have configured on the transition:

Property KeyProperty Value  

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Steven Behnke Community Champion Jan 11, 2016

Instructions from the associated JIRA issue


  1. Open the jar file atlassian-jira/WEB-INF/lib/language_<language code>_<country code>.jar
  2. In that jar edit the file \com\atlassian\jira\web\action\JiraWebActionSupport_<language code>_<country code>.properties
  3. Add the translation to the file, for example:
    provideinfo.title = This is a test translation
  4. Make sure you remember the key you used. Save the file.
  5. Restart Jira
  6. Goto your workflow in Jira (Administration -> Global Settings -> Workflow)
  7. Click on the transition you would like to translate
  8. Click on View properties of this transition
  9. Add the property:
    • Key = jira.i18n.title
    • Value = <key of the translation>
  10. Activate the workflow
  11. Repeat steps for each transition and language

I believe that Steven's response was accurate at the time in 2016.

With JIRA 7.3 and higher, the location of this plugin is no longer under the installation folder.  Instead this exists now in the [JIRAHOME]/plugins/installed-plugins/ folder.

Also the properties file could be in a slightly different path of that .jar file now.  For example in the JIRA 7.4.x version this file exists in the path of /com/pyxis/greenhopper/jira/actions/BoardAction_de_DE.properties for the German translation.

But otherwise I was able to follow the rest of the instructions.  I saved this file back to the folder, zip the contents, rename this to a .jar, replace the translation jar, and restart JIRA to make this work in JIRA 7.3/7.4 versions

Steven Behnke Community Champion Aug 16, 2017



           Do the following, edit the workflow



Select the transition you want to update and click on edit next to Delete transition from above figure




  • Update the transition name and click Save




Hi Jeanne,

To rename the workflow, please make the workflow inactive by unassigning it from associated workflow scheme and then rename and then add it back to workflow scheme.



Chander, I do not want to rename the workflow, I want to rename one of the workflow buttons.

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Steven Behnke Community Champion Jan 11, 2016

I would follow Chander's steps; using Properties is for translating workflow objects like transitions, not for changing the core name.

Perhaps I am not explaining my self. I have a transition that I have named Return to To Do. I need to leave the name of the transition as-is, but I want the button to say To Do (not Return to To Do). I should be able to do this using the transition property jira.i18n.title.

After adding the property to the transition, the button name is not changed as expected.

Steven Behnke Community Champion Jan 11, 2016

I'll try to explain how to use the properties in a new Answer. Can you explore the concept you're trying to achieve? I'm just trying to make sure I understand.

I am having this same issue.  Adding a jira.i18n.title key to a transition does nothing in my Core 7.3.0 install. Is this a known bug that is not being fixed?

Hi Jeanne Howe,

Did you get solution for this? 

I also have the same requirement.



The only solution found was that from Steven Behnke (listed at the top).

Please note that with newer versions of JIRA, the file location has changed to <baseURL>/application-data/jira/plugins/installed-plugins



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