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Move to Rich Text Editor (Jira) from Jeditor by Bobronix

Our instance has been running Jeditor for several years (10's of thousands of active issues). We would like to convert away from Jeditor, in particular in the description field, but changing the renderer leaves us with residual markup language (e.g. <p> <br>). Is there anyway to go back, or are we stuck with Jeditor for the rest of time? 

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I was dealing the same couple months ago when I was migrating whole instance with jEditor installed to another Jira instance where common Jira wiki only was enabled. jEditor was enabled for Description field, many other fields and all comments.

It was pretty tough but the migration was very successful at the end and no one would even recognize that jEditor is no longer installed on the target instance :) Even those specific jEditor panels have been successfully migrated to corresponding wiki syntax.

I used Graham Hannington's "Wikifier" solution. I adjusted original XSLT and added dozens of new items to describe original jEditor's specific objects. So all thanks come to him :)

While Graham's solution focuses on transforming Confluence XML to Wiki markup, it works pretty well for transforming general HTML into Jira Wiki (Rich Text Editor) markup.

Get inspired here:

In my case, I parsed and replaced the whole exported entities.xml before the import to the target instance.

In your case, you might want to prepare similar solution and utilitize this via REST API or update description / comments directly in DB (while having Jira shut down). Be careful and test thoroughly on a testing environment, of course.


Thanks for the link:

For me, I have to manually modify the result to convert <img>.

Radek Janata Community Leader Dec 05, 2019

Thanks for pointing out the incorrect link, I've fixed it in my answer, too.

Dear Radek,

Thank you for sharing this.  I'm looking to do exactly the same as you, i.e. export issues from a JIRA instance that used JEditor into a new instance that will use the wiki render.

You mentioned above that you modified Graham Hannington's solution.  Would you mind sharing your modifications please?

Thank you,


same here .. I 'm feeling the same pain !!

any tips welcome .. (this is a nightmare)

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francis Marketplace Partner Dec 19, 2017


Check following answer


The steps to address this problem is


* Enable html support in the wiki renderer

* Convert the jeditor fields to wiki renderer (in the field configuration scheme)

* run a query in the database to convert all jeditor to something like 


<original content>


The suggestion to enable the html macro on the Wiki Renderer is a bad idea.

You'll be opening up your instance to malicious code being added to the environment at any point.

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