What is the difference between a jira-administrator and an administrator?

On our JIRA Cloud implementation, we have three administration groups: site-admin, jira-administrator and administrator. What is the difference between jira-administrator and administrator?


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Hi James,

here you have useful information:


The difference is in global administration permission.

So a jira-administrator is a user with JIRA Administrator and JIRA System Administrator permissions and an administrator only has the JIRA Administrator permission. But I thought the JIRA System Administrator permission group is not accessible in JIRA Cloud instances, and this means that it doesn't really make a difference which is which. I am not sure I understand how this works!

JIRA admins will have the overall access from application perspective, i.e they can perform health checkup using support tools, Create support.zip,support requests etc which are actually restricted to a administrator.

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You've understood it correctly.  It is possible to add and rename groups, and you could easily set up your system so that the JIRA admins belong to a group called "Banana" instead of "JIRA administrator".  Or have multiple groups with admin access.

As you say, the Cloud system does not let anyone but Atlassian have system administrator, so my best guess is that you have added another "administrator" group for some other reason.  Some add-ons will do things like that when they are installed too.


(Unlike Confluence, where confluence-administrators group has more power than any other group/user with System Administrator privilege. More Info)

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