ActivityTimeline on Jira Server/DC that is running on Java 11

ActivityTimeline v9.0.0+ is compatible with both Java 8 and Java 11.


The previous versions of ActivityTimeline application (before v9.0.0) for Jira Server/Data Center supports Jira Server/DC versions that run on Java 8 only (including the latest Java 8 security fixes).

The easiest way to get the old ActivityTimeline app running is to switch Jira to Java 8.

If Jira Server/DC must run on Java 11 then additional configuration of ActivityTimeline was required to work properly.

Configuration Steps

  1. Install Java 8 on the server where Jira is running.

  2. Open <JIRA_HOME>/plugins/activitytimeline/config/ file for editing. <JIRA_HOME> is usually /var/atlassian/application-data/jira on Linux servers.

  3. Add the following line into that file:


    where JAVA8_EXECUTABLE_PATH is full path to installed Java 8 executable file. Examples:

    1. /usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.8.0-openjdk.x86_64/bin/java

    2. /usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.8.0/bin/java

    3. C:\\Program Files\\Java\\jre8\bin\\java.exe

      1. Please note that each back-slash should be doubled for Windows OS based server.

  4. Save file.

  5. Open a troubleshooting page at the following link and click Restart (or Start) service button: https://<JIRA_HOME_URL>/plugins/servlet/activitytimelineconfig/configuration


This should tell ActivityTimeline to use a different version of Java that for Jira.

In this case, Jira will stay on Java 11 while ActivityTimeline will utilize Java 8.


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