Jira Server 7.8 EAP has been released!

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We’ve just released a sample of Jira Server 7.8 as part of the Early Access Program (EAP) to let you know about the changes coming to Jira.

Quick search

The most important change in this release is an improved quick search that lets you quickly search through all your issues and projects. The quick search will display the most relevant results while you’re typing the search term, and refresh them whenever you change your mind.

If you’ve already found what you were looking for, you can treat quick search as a handy work diary that will show you all issues you’ve been working on recently. Tell me more

For plugin developers

Stated in the Preparing for Jira 7.8 development guide is this suggestion for plugin developers to consider.

What might be useful for plugin developers is monitoring how your users are searching, and limiting the number of concurrent searches with regards to Quick search.

The quick search doesn't affect performance in a significant way unless many users start searching at the same time. If you notice any slowdown, start monitoring the searches to find a limit that works best for your instance.

  • To monitor searching in real-time, use the quicksearch.concurrent.search metric in JMX. For more info on how to set up JMX, see Live monitoring with JMX.

Small changes

  • We always try to speak your language, and the Dutch language pack is a new addition in this area.

  • We’re no longer shipping the Oracle JDBC driver with Jira. If you’re using Oracle as the database, you’ll need to download the driver from the Oracle website and place it in the Jira installation directory after the upgrade.

You can read more about these changes in the release notes and the development guide for Jira Server EAP.


We’ve prepared separate EAP Server downloads for Jira Core, Jira Software, and Jira Service Desk, so just pick your favorite here: Download the Jira Server 7.8 EAP.


What’s the deal with EAPs?

EAP releases are early previews of Jira during development. We release these previews so that Atlassian’s apps developers can see new features as they are developed and test their apps for compatibility with new APIs.

The Jira Server 7.8 EAP is best explored hand-in-hand with the Preparing for Jira Server 7.8 development guide. The development guide contains all changes in Jira Server 7.8, and important new features that may affect apps developers. If you discover a bug or have feedback on Jira Server 7.8, please let us know. Create an issue in the Jira project on jira.atlassian.com with the component Jira 7.8 EAP.