How To Release Jira

Jira is a widely used project management tool utilized by teams across the globe. Among its various capabilities is the option to generate “versions”, which are specific launches of your software or product. These versions can be efficiently handled and published within Jira. This article will provide you with a tutorial on how to release a version in Jira.

Step 1: Accessing Your Project

Firstly, log into your Jira account and then navigate to your project. This can be done by clicking on “Projects” in the top navigation bar and then selecting your project from the dropdown list.

Step 2: Navigating to the Releases Page

Once you’re in your project, you can find the “Releases” page by clicking on “Releases” in the left-hand side menu. If you don’t see this option, ensure you’re looking at your project’s sidebar and not the main Jira sidebar.

Step 3: Releasing a Version

On the “Releases” page, you’ll see a list of all the versions that have been created for your project. To release a version, find the version you want to release in the list, click on the ellipsis (three dots) to the right of the version name and select “Release”.

Step 4: Confirming the Release

After clicking “Release”, you’ll be asked to confirm the release. This includes selecting a release date (which defaults to today’s date) and optionally adding release notes. Once you’re ready, click “Release” to finalize the process.

Release Via REST API

Alternatively, you can also release a Jira version programmatically using Jira’s REST API. Here is the curl command that does the job:

            curl -D- -u {username}:{password} -X POST -d '{"id":"{versionId}","released":true}' -H "Content-Type: application/json" {Jira-base-url}/rest/api/2/version/{versionId}

Replace {username} and {password} with your Jira credentials, {versionId} with the ID of the version you want to release, and {Jira-base-url} with your Jira instance’s base URL.


Releasing versions in Jira helps in tracking the progress of your project and is an essential part of an efficient project management process. By knowing how to release a version in Jira, you and your team can better manage and track your project’s releases, whether you’re doing it manually or programmatically.