Jack Wallen shows you how to integrate GitHub and Jira so your developers can focus less on updates and more on what they do best: coding.
Yes is one of the most widely used problem tracking platforms in the world. GitHub is one of the most popular version control systems in use today. Imagine, if you like, that you can combine those two tools so that updates of pull requests, implementations, branches, builds, and commits are automatically routed to Jira.
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By joining these two forces, your entire team gains visibility into project status, as well as implementation frequency, cycle time, and performance insights. Does this sound like something your teams could use? If so, let me show you how this integration works.
What you need to get GitHub and Jira . to integrate
All you need for this are both Jira and GitHub accounts. With those two accounts at the ready, let’s make this magic a reality.
How to install the GitHub Jira integration
First, make sure you’re signed in to both your GitHub and Jira accounts. Then log in to your Jira account and go to Apps | Discover more apps. Search the app marketplace for Jira Software + GitHub and select that app. You should now see the install page for that app, where you click Get App (Image A).
In the resulting pop-up window (Figure B), click Download Now.
After the integration is installed, click Get Started (Figure C).
Connecting Jira to GitHub
In the resulting window (Figure D), click Connect GitHub Organization.
In the next window (Digits E), Click Authorize Jira to allow it access to your GitHub org.
In the resulting window (Figure F), you will see a warning that there are no GitHub orgs with Jira installed.
Click Install GitHub for Jira on a new organization and in the next window (Figure G), either give Jira access to all repositories or select repositories.
If you choose to go with selected repositories, you will see a dropdown that allows you to select the specific repository you want to connect (figure H).
Select your repository and click Install. You will then be prompted for your GitHub password. After successfully authenticating to your GitHub account, click the Connect button (Figure I) to confirm the integration.
Once the connection is established, you will see the repository listed in the GitHub configuration window in Jira (figure J).
You will now see the GitHub integrations appear in various maps and items in Jira. For example, you’ll see both Create Branch and Create Commit to Dispense Cards (figure K).
Congratulations, you’ve integrated GitHub with Jira for an even more efficient workflow. Hopefully, this connection will help keep your teams better informed about what’s happening in your GitHub repositories.
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