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Cloud : what difference between site-Admin, Admin and JIRA-Admin ?



I searched and checked this out :


which defines what is site-admin, but many points remains unclear :

- is site-admin = JIRA System Administrators ?

- what can do an Admin and a JIRA-Admin ?

- what is the reason to be of each, and what are the differences ?

- The client has Confluence and JIRA site : JIRA-admin here does mean as well Confluence-admin ?


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Site-admins are able to maintain the Cloud site - mostly users, which are shared across the applications that make up the sie.

Jira administrators look after Jira - fields, screens, workflows, projects, permissions and so-on.  Confluence administrators look after Confluence at a similar level.

You can change the permissions in each application if you want, granting extra admin rights - one of our clients created an "atlas admin" group and granted it Jira, Bitbucket and Confluence admin inside the applications, so they had a really simple way to say "these people are admins for the whole stack".

You don't get System administration on Cloud, only Atlassian support have that access.

Thanks you Nic.

Any info for Cloud Space Permissions? Developing training and want to remove items from base page and create a space template. Remove author, like, etc. from space pages, etc. searching for permissions levels need to accomplish this for cloud,


thank you

Came across this which was quite helpful in explaining the differences...


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Came across this which was quite helpful in explaining the differences...Screenshot 2021-08-08 8.01.05 AM.png

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Deleted user Apr 17, 2019

I'm a JIRA beginner. If we would like create a new project of Jira Software, I issued site admin permission to member until now. However  should we need only "administrators" permission?

You only need Jira admin to create projects.

Deleted user Apr 21, 2019



Thank you for your answer.

I understood.

Many thanks.

Tomomi Takahashi

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Also, only users in the site-admin group can add Paid Add-ons or Applications to your cloud instance that runs Jira or other Atlassian products.

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