The Zendesk Support for Jira integration encourages collaboration between product and support teams. For example, agents can link or create new Jira issues from a Zendesk ticket. They can then use the link to track the progress made by the product team on addressing the issue.
The integration supports Atlassian Jira Cloud, Jira Data Center, and Jira Server version 7x and above. The integration is not supported on the Jira Cloud mobile app.
This article covers the following topics:
- Installation requirements
- Jira custom field type compatibility
- Installing and configuring the integration
- Restricting access to the Jira app in Zendesk Support
- Adding fields to the Jira issue creation form in Zendesk Support
- Using the dedicated integration user option
- Jira Server-specific instructions
- Reinstalling the integration
You must have administrator permissions in both Jira and Zendesk Support to set up the integration.
Additionally, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be a member of the jira-administrators and jira-software-users groups.
- Have no permission schemes that prevent you from creating or updating projects.
- The reporter field is on the Create Issue screen for the respective projects.
- Use the Jira Internal Directory as your user directory (applies to Jira Server only).
- Atlassian add-ons have permission to access your Jira projects. This is enabled
by default. To verify this, check the Project Permissions page for each project in
Jira. The various project actions should have a Project Role called
Project Role (atlassian-addons-project-access).
- Third-party cookies are enabled. However, if third-party cookies need to remain
disabled on your system, add
jiraplugin.zendesk.comto the list of content exceptions.
Jira custom field type compatibility
The Zendesk Support for Jira integration enables you to create a Jira issue from a ticket using the Jira app in Zendesk Support, located in the sidebar of the agent interface. The form used to create Jira issues includes default fields, but Zendesk Support admins can add custom Jira fields to this form.
Refer to this worksheet for a list of the Jira custom field types compatible with the Jira app in Zendesk Support. You can add compatible field types to the Jira issue creation form. You can also add compatible field types to views of linked Jira issues.
Installing and configuring the integration
The integration setup process involves installing the Zendesk Support for Jira app in Atlassian Marketplace from your Jira account, then configuring the app.
To install and configure the integration
- In Jira, click Apps in the top navigation bar, then select Explore more apps.
- On the Marketplace apps page, search for Zendesk.
- Locate and click the Zendesk Support for Jira entry in the search results.
- Click Get app.
- Click Get it now.
- When the installation success notification modal appears, click Configure.
- Enter your Zendesk subdomain. By default, the Create a new dedicated Zendesk user for this integration checkbox is selected. We recommend using this feature to allow all escalations from Jira to Zendesk Support to not come from the admin who set up the integration, but from the dedicated user. This automatically creates a new admin user in your Zendesk account that is only used by the Jira integration. For more information, see Using the dedicated integration user option.
- Click Authenticate.
- A second browser page opens, requesting you to sign in to your Zendesk account. Enter your login credentials. The page will close.
- On the app's settings page, select the details to display in linked Jira
- Click Save.
In Jira Cloud, the integration creates a free admin user called Zendesk Support for Jira. You can change the avatar of the user on the Profile page.
You can check the integration works by confirming that the Zendesk Support for Jira user appears in a user drop-down field in Jira.
Restricting access to the Jira app in Zendesk Support
If you want to control who has access to the app in Zendesk Support, for example, admins or agents only, you can make the change in Zendesk.
To restrict access to the Jira app in Zendesk Support
- In Admin Center, click Apps and integrations in the sidebar, then select Integrations > Integrations.
- Under the Currently Installed tab, locate the Jira Cloud app.
- Hover over the Jira Cloud app. Using the drop-down menu on the right side of the app icon, select Change settings.
- Under Installation, select the Enable role restrictions? checkbox.
- Click in the Role restrictions text box, and select the roles that should have permission to use the app.
- Click Update to save and apply the changes to your settings.
Your teams can now start collaborating using Zendesk and Jira. See Using the Zendesk Support for Jira integration.
Adding fields to the Jira issue creation form in Zendesk Support
When creating a Jira issue from a Zendesk Support ticket, you're asked to enter details about the issue being reported in the Create a new Jira issue form:
- Issue type
These default fields can't be removed and are specific to the selected Jira project and issue type.
Zendesk Support admins can add pre-existing or custom Jira fields to this form. Adding fields to the issue creation form makes them visible to all agents when creating issues for the selected project and issue type.
Refer to this worksheet for a list of the Jira custom field types compatible with the Jira app in Zendesk support.
- In Zendesk Support, go to the ticket you want to use as a basis for a new Jira issue.
- Click Create Issue in the Jira app next to the ticket.
- In the Project field, select the project.
The Configure fields button appears after you select a project. This button is visible to Zendesk Support admins only.
- Select the Issue type.
- Click Configure fields.
A drop-down list of available fields displays.
- Select the fields to add to the Jira issue creation form.
These fields will be visible to all agents when creating issues for this project and issue type.
- Finish creating the issue, as described in Creating a Jira issue from a ticket.
- Select Create issue.
Using the dedicated integration user option
If you choose to create a dedicated integration user in your Zendesk Support account, a
new, verified admin user (
Jira Integration) is automatically created, along
with an email address
jira_integration_XXXXXX@jira.zendesk-integrations.com). This user
account is fully managed by the integration and will be suspended if the integration is
- The dedicated integration user option requires an available agent seat. While in use, that seat will not be available for other agents.
- The admin account who installed the Jira integration and the dedicated integration user must always have admin rights and be active for the integration to function. If you suspend or downgrade the admin account or the dedicated integration user, the integration will not function.
After the authentication and creation processes are completed, the integration service is ready to use. All the commenting and field sync actions will be performed as if they’re done by the dedicated integration user.
If you decide to stop using the dedicated integration user, you can disconnect the integration from the Jira side. When disconnected, Jira will stop using the dedicated integration user. The dedicated integration user in the Zendesk Support account will be downgraded to an end user and suspended. Uninstalling the plugin will also downgrade and suspend the user.
To disconnect the dedicated integration user
- In Jira, click Jira settings, then go to Apps > Manage apps.
- Click to expand the Zendesk Support for Jira app, then click Configure.
- Click Disconnect to disconnect your subdomain.
- Re-enter your subdomain, and deselect the option to create a dedicated integration user.
- Click Authenticate to re-authenticate your subdomain.
Jira Server-specific instructions
- Ensure you allow Zendesk to establish a connection to your Jira server by creating an allowlist for the following:
- We strongly recommend using SSL encryption to secure the communication between Jira and Zendesk, especially for production environments. If SSL is enabled, you must have a full SSL certificate stack from a certificate authority. Self-signed certificates are not supported. The intermediate certificate is commonly not installed on the Jira server.
- Make sure that the correct port is open (usually
80/8080/443depending on your SSL settings) on your network for inbound/outbound traffic between Zendesk and Jira.
- When configuring the add-on in Jira, the "Jira Base URL" may not be the same URL you use to access Jira on your private server. The Jira base URL must be a publicly accessible address so Zendesk can use it to make network requests to your Jira instance. You can connect this publicly accessible address to your private server address via NAT or reverse proxy.
- If you configure the add-on in a staging or sandbox Jira server environment and then migrate the environment to production, do not copy the zendesk_plugin.properties file over. Replicating or overriding this file in a separate environment may prevent the Jira integration from working.
- The Zendesk add-on in Jira needs to run with administrative privileges. Zendesk
suggests to create a dedicated account as follows and add it to the
Full name: Zendesk for Jira
Reinstalling the integration
- Changing the integration user
- Changing the JIRA instance linked to your Zendesk Support account
- Changing the Zendesk Support instance linked to your JIRA (including sandboxes)
- Reestablish your connection between Zendesk and JIRA after restarting your JIRA server or clearing the plugin cache
If you are reintegrating the same Zendesk and JIRA accounts, your linked issue data remains intact.
To reinstall the integration
- In JIRA, navigate to Apps > Manage your apps.
- Click the Zendesk Support for JIRA accordion, and select Configure.
- Select Disconnect.
- Go back to the Manage your apps page, click the Zendesk Support for JIRA accordian, and click Uninstall.
- Complete the setup process. See Installing and configuring the integration.