copying installed plugins from 4.4 to 5.2

Do I need to use UPM to install plugins when I am upgrading JIRA and migrating to new server? Or can I just simply copy the jar files (if compatible) to the new installed plugins folder?

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Please do not copy the plugins and it is always recommended to install them using UPM. Incompatible plugins are one major cause of issues during upgrade.

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It is best to use the UPM if the plugin is a version 2 plugin. Version 1 plugins will need to copied. Make sure read all the upgrade notes because you might need to move through other inbetween versions as well.

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