Remove some users from group and projects


Can someone help me with the steps to remove some users from all the group and projects in JIRA using SQL statements. we are having JIRA 4.4.1 version and using sql server 2008 db.

appriciate your help


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Er, don't.

If you try to remove them with SQL, you'll need Jira offline while it's running, a re-index afterwards, you're open ot unexpected problems and data corruption, and you will have to back up properly and test the backup before you do this.

On the SQL side, I can name 8 tables you'll need to worry about (2 of which are not simple "remove/blank data" actions) without resorting to notes which I think tell me there's something like 17 tables to check and amend.

Rather than jump at a solution, could you tell us what you're actually trying to do, and why the UI isn't appropriate?

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Thomas Schlegel Community Champion Jun 12, 2012

Hi Sunesh,

why don't you want to use the user interface ? I wouldn't do that directly on the database without a really good reason...

Best regards


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SQL is still a really bad way to approach this and it's pretty certain that you'll break something, unless you spend weeks getting your scripts exactly right.

You must already have the list of users to remove if you were thinking of using SQL, so you should take that and convert it to Jelly (this is easy with a spreadsheet or script) and run that instead. Jelly uses the internal API to do the work, so it won't break anything and doesn't need downtime.


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Hi Thompson,

Thanks for your reply. I have around 700 users to be removed which could be laborious task from the UI.

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ok, let's make it simple . right now I only need to remove these users from "Jira group" so that I can ban thier access to our jira site..



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Thomas Schlegel Community Champion Jun 13, 2012

I think in all the time we had discussed this and all the time you need to make a backup, test it and so on, you could have easily deleted these 700 People with the User Interface ;-)

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That's a lot more simple. I think the table you need is cwd_membership.

If you're going to execute SQL updates of any kind on a Jira system, then the procedure is:

  1. Stop Jira
  2. Take a backup of the database
  3. Prove the backup works by restoring it to a test system
  4. Run the SQL
  5. Restart Jira
  6. Normally, you'll need to re-index, but I don't think you'll need it for removing users from groups.

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