How To Disable Jira Project

If you are a project manager or administrator who uses Jira, there may come a time when you need to deactivate a project. Deactivating a project essentially means rendering it inactive or non-functional. This could be for multiple reasons – the project has been completed, put on hold, or you are revising your project management approach.

In this guide, we will walk you through the steps of how to disable a Jira project. While Jira does not provide a built-in functionality to disable a project directly, there are a few workarounds to achieve this.

Option 1: Adjusting Project Permissions

One way to disable a project is by adjusting the project’s permissions. You can alter the permissions so that no one has access to the project. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Go to Project settings > Permissions.
  2. Click on the Actions button and then select Edit permissions.
  3. Remove all groups and roles from all permissions.

This will make the project inaccessible to everyone, effectively disabling it. You may revert these changes anytime when you want to reactivate the project.

Option 2: Archiving the Project

Jira Software Cloud offers the ability to archive a project. Archiving a project will hide it from view and cease any email notifications related to it. You can unarchive the project later if needed.

Below are the steps to archive a project:

  1. Go to Jira home > Projects.
  2. Find the project you want to archive, and click on the Actions button (three dots).
  3. Select Archive project.


Only a Jira administrator can archive and unarchive a project. Make sure you have the necessary permissions before proceeding.

Final Thoughts

Though disabling a Jira project is not straightforward, the workarounds mentioned above can help you accomplish this. It can be a valuable tool in your project management strategy, helping you declutter your workspace and focus on active projects.