Reindex jira via Rest API

When trying to initiate a jira re-index using rest via:


I receive the following:

A task could not be found for the given task id
Is this feature fully implemented and has anyone managed to get this working?

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Below is the perl code used to carry out a reindex (thought this may be helpful):

use strict;

use warnings;


use REST::Client;

use MIME::Base64;

use JSON;






sub main {

        my ($content, $subject);


        my $username = $ENV{JIRA_ADMIN_USER} || die "JIRA_ADMIN_USER env var not set";

        my $password = $ENV{JIRA_ADMIN_PASS} || die "JIRA_ADMIN_PASS env var not set";


        my $headers = {

                'X-Atlassian-Token' => 'nocheck',

                Authorization => 'Basic ' . encode_base64($username . ':' . $password)


        my $client = REST::Client->new();


        my $response = $client->POST('/rest/api/2/reindex', $content, $headers);


        if($response->{_res}->{_rc} != 202) {

                $subject = "Error running JIRA reindex on $JIRA_HOST return code $response-{_res}->{_rc} <EOM>";

        } else {

                my $current_progress = 0;

                while($current_progress != 100) {

                        my $response = $client->GET('/rest/api/2/reindex?taskId', $headers)->{_res};

                        my $content = JSON->new->utf8->decode($response->{_content});
$current_progress = $content->{currentProgress};

                        sleep 10;


                $subject = "JIRA weekly reindex has been completed for $JIRA_HOST <EOM>";





Are you doing a post there ? or a get ? AFAIK, you need to POST it

(edit) ... and be sure to have a user which have admin permission for reindex.

I'm doing this directly in the browser, I do have admin permissions.


As per our rest documentation you can do both GET and POST. Can you try to use the Google Chrome REST Console addon to do so as well?

Can you also try to run the REST command below?

Hope it helps!


Luciano Fagundes

As per your documentation, GET returns the status (if you have admin perms). POST is needed to start reindex, and this is what Paul tries to do. ;)

I needed to include empty content in the POST request so instead of this:

$client->POST('/rest/api/2/reindex?type=FOREGROUND', $headers);

I had to include:

$client->POST('/rest/api/2/reindex?type=FOREGROUND', $content, $headers);

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