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change in comments "6 days ago" to date (and how to set date format)


I was asked to have in issue comments a date instead of 

"6 days ago" 

and also how to set date format



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Right now your Jira instance uses relative dates. If you are on Jira Server/Data Center then you can follow the following KB to switch your Jira to absolute dates:

But you will have absolute date in all Jira. Not only in comments.

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Am I right that there is no solution for Jira cloud? And not sure if it is the right to add my question here or if I should have raised a new question?

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Not sure if / when this was updated, but as of 8 June 2022, you can click on the relative date in the screens, and it will switch to standard date format.

I really wonder why anyone would ever use relative dates, and why software developers ever decided to program it like that. Because they were tired of putting a boring old date on the screen ? Or because they want to give the impression that there is some fake AI behind it ?

I find myself continually having to calculate what the real date is. Please get this solved!

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Hi @Eran Polna

Check this doc from Atlassian about disabling relative dates:

If you want to change dates format you can go to: Administration - System - General configuration - Advanced settings.

Hope this helps

Just to be clear, only an admin can do this for the whole jira workspace? 

Can it be done for a project only?

Hi @Sandra Rita H  

Yes Only Jira Admin can change this but unfortunately this option is not available on jira Cloud. 

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