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What is the difference between Jira Core and Jira Software


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In short:

JIRA Software = JIRA + JIRA Agile

JIRA core = JIRA only without JIRA Agile


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Otto Atlassian Team Dec 04, 2017

Jira Software is purpose built to be the best tool for agile teams to organise, track and do software development.

Jira Core is purpose built for business teams to manage their work. Core features all the power of Jira (fine grained definition of work items and workflows, customisability, extensibility, JQL search, reporting/dashboarding etc.) This allows business teams to describe their work and processes without bumping into unfamiliar software concepts like releases or dev tool integrations.

Where it gets interesting is in the way we license the two products. You can buy both Jira Software and Jira Core on a per user basis;

-When you buy Jira Core stand alone, you get access to Business projects (see the choices when you start a new project).

-When you buy Jira Software, you get access to Software Projects AND Business Projects. So if you are licensed for Jira Software you can also start and use business projects and experience Jira Core. That's a great way for Jira Software users to experience Core and to show it to non-software teams the collaborate with . e.g. a marketing team planning a campaign for the latest release to market.

More on Core here:

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Hi Sindhu, "Software" is - in short - the old agile, it seems. Bitbucket Integration, Branches, the blueprint "Software project" and Agile Boards (Scrum, Kanban) are not available to the users from "Core" to work with.

I have not tested yet, how much is hidden (e.g. view Boards as "core user").

It's not "hidden", it's not there at all.  JIRA Core = JIRA.  Software adds a load of stuff when it is added to Core.

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Thanks every one.

But have installed JIRA Software and It has JIRA core+JiraSoftware+Service Desk 

And installed JIRA core aslo and it showing Boards on the JIRA main page but not in JIRA Software why?



JIRA Core is the software that the others are added to.

JIRA Software is an application you add to Core, it provides scrum and Kanban boards that help you work with your JIRA projects

JIRA Service Desk is another application you add to Core, it provides portals, service requests and queues in front of your JIRA projects

If you are missing the "boards" option from the top menu, then your user does not have the permission to use JIRA Software, or, it's not installed and/or licenced.

Thanks a lot  Nic Brough. Now i understood Completely.

Yes, that's why I say  "scrum and kanban" when talking about Software boards, a "business" board was promised at last year's summit and is finally appearing in Core.

Hi Nic,

you are correct, its not really "hidden", but when you have both licences active on the same plattform, some stuff can not be used by "cross-company-teams", when working in different "JIRA applications". 



Yes, that's what I said.

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