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How do I install or enable the Jira REST API?

I've read the documentation and I'm still a little confused as to how I begin using the Jira REST API. I am a new member of my company's Jira instance and they have tasked me with developing an external plugin which leverages some of the data available with the API. I don't know too much about how the software is set up other than it appears that we are not hosting it in-house. I'm very familiar with how REST endpoints work, JSON, and all of that I just don't know if everything is already accessible and if so, at what URL.

Thank you in advance!

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You can find the REST specification here:

Just access the urls in browser to see if it is enabled. If not, make sure the 'Allow Remote API Calls' is turned ON under Administration > General Configuration.

I don't see General Configuration on my Administration page, all I see is Projects, Project Categories, User Management, Look and Feel, Tabs, Help and Support, and Jira Import. Also, which URLs should I try? My instance of Jira is hosted at, does that mean or any of the other exmaples should work?

Thanks for your help.

That did the trick, thank you!

That is Administration>General Configuration>Accept remote API calls

Like Calogero Kalos Bonasia likes this

If you are using JIRA v7, see what  @Nic Brough [Adaptavist] stated here. The REST API is enabled by default since Version 7.



I am trying my REST api of hosted instance but its giving me 401 error even though i put basic headers

not an answer, put a new question please

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