Jira plugins usage statistics

We are a big enterprise using JIRA since many years already for thousands of projects. During this journey we added a lot of plugins. JIRA instance is bloated and we are trying to find a way to see the plugin usage statistics so that we could remove unused plugins.

Is there any way to achieve the same out of the box or by any other means?

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No.  Because each plugin could be doing something different.

For example, an add-on could

  • Add a custom field type - you'll want to report on how many issues have a value stored in that type of field (possibly many fields)
  • Add a report - you need to ask your users who is using the report
  • Add a workflow post-function - you need to read all your workflows to see which ones have used it

And so-on.  There's no way to do "usage" because it's too different.  You'll need to go over each add-on, have a look at how it does things and what it adds or changes, and work out a way to establish how your users may be using it.

There are some tricks - for example, fo workflow functions, you can search the raw xml for the names of classes the add-on provides, and you can go over all your non-standard fields with <field x is empty> queries.

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