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A JIRA group is a convenient way to manage a collection of users. Users can belong to many groups. Groups are used throughout JIRA; for example, they can:

* Project roles are somewhat similar to groups, the main difference being that group membership is global whereas project role membership is project-specific.

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JIRA's default groups

When you install JIRA, three groups are automatically created:




Typically contains people who are JIRA system administrators. By default, this group:


Typically contains people who perform work on issues. By default, this group:

  • is a member of the 'Developers' project role.
  • has the 'Browse Users', 'Create Shared Filter' and 'Manage Group Filter Subscriptions' global permissions.


Typically contains every JIRA user in your system. By default, this group:

You can create and delete groups according to your organisation's requirements.

(info) Please Note: If you are using External User Management, you will not be able to create, delete or edit groups or group membership from within JIRA; and 'Automatic Group Membership' (see below) will not apply. However, you can still assign groups to project roles.

Viewing groups

To see what groups exist, and where they are used:

  1. Log in as a user with the 'JIRA Administrators' global permission.
  2. Choose > User Management. Select Groups to open the Groups page.
    (tick) Keyboard shortcut: g + g + start typing groups
  3. To see which permission schemes, email notification schemes, issue security levels and saved filters are using this group, click the group name.

Screenshot: the Group Browser

(info) Please Note: The 'Filter Group' form restricts the list of groups shown to those that match the 'Name Contains', with a specified maximum per page. Click the Filter button to refresh the list with the restricting filter.

Adding a group

To create a group, enter the new group Name in the Add Group form in the Group Browser and click the Add Group button.

Deleting a group

Before deleting a group it is recommended that you check whether the group is being used by any permission schemes, email notification schemes, issue security levels or saved filters. See 'Viewing groups' (above).

To delete a group, click the Delete link for that group in the Group Browser. The confirmation screen that follows explains that users will be removed from the group through its deletion.

Be aware of the impact this may have on users in that group. For example, if that group membership was the sole conveyor of a permission for a user, then the user will no longer have that permission.

Editing group membership

To edit a group's membership, click the Edit Members link in the row for that group in the Group Browser. This takes you to a form allowing you to add users to or remove them from the group.

(info) Please Note:

  • If the group has the 'JIRA System Administrators' global permission, you cannot edit its membership unless you have the 'JIRA System Administrators' global permission.
  • If you have a user limited license (e.g. personal license) and have reached your user limit, you will not be able to assign any further users to groups with login permissions (i.e. jira-users permission) without first reducing the number of users with login permissions.

Automatic group membership

To automatically add newly-created users to a particular group, you can either:


  • Multiple user directories:
    You may define multiple user directories in JIRA, so that JIRA looks in more than one place for its users and groups. For example, you may use the default JIRA internal directory and also connect to an LDAP directory server. In such cases, you can define the directory order to determine where JIRA looks first when processing users and groups.
    Here is a summary of how the directory order affects the processing:
    • The order of the directories is the order in which they will be searched for users and groups.
    • Changes to users and groups will be made only in the first directory where the application has permission to make changes.

    See Managing Multiple Directories.

  • Nested groups:
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    See Managing Nested Groups.