Minor release of Jira Server Core & Software 7.13.0 and Jira Service Desk Server 3.16.0 are now available

Summary of Changes

Support for OpenJDK

We’ve added support for OpenJDK 8, and you can already test it in the latest EAP. Despite the support for OpenJDK, we’ll continue to bundle Jira with Oracle JDK.

Apache Tomcat upgrade

We’ve upgraded Apache Tomcat to version 8.5.32, which requires that you make changes to the server.xml file.

What’s the problem?

The Apache Tomcat server is filtering out requests that contain special characters, making them fail. That’s because Tomcat is using a different encoding and URI standard than most browsers (details here). The problem is most visible when searching with JQL as you’d use a number of special characters when doing it (e.g. <>), but it can also affect other pages in Jira. To make it work, you’ll need to add some properties to the server.xml file.


We’ve already made this change in the latest bugfix release for Jira 7.12, but Jira 7.13 will be the first feature release to include it. If you’re upgrading from Jira 7.12.1 or earlier, you need to complete the steps below.

Steps to take

You’ll need to edit the server.xml file, and add properties that make Tomcat accept special characters in the requests.

  1. Go to Jira-installation-directory/conf , and edit the server.xml file.
  2. Find all connectors your application is using. Just search for Connector in the file, or look at the example below.
  3. Add relaxedPathChars=”[]|” relaxedQueryChars=”[]|{}^`“<>” to the connector properties in server.xml . For example:
<Connector port="8080" relaxedPathChars="[]|" relaxedQueryChars=" []|{}^`“<>" maxThreads="150" minSpareThreads="25" connectionTimeout="20000" enableLookups="false" maxHttpHeaderSize="8192" protocol="HTTP/1.1" useBodyEncodingForURI="true" redirectPort="8443" acceptCount="100" disableUploadTimeout="true" bindOnInit="false"/>
  1. Restart Jira.
  2. (Data Center) Repeat these steps on each node.

Check out Preparing for Jira 7.13 for more

Release notes

Jira Core Server 7.13.0

Find the release notes for Jira Core Server 7.13.0 for more information on this minor release.

Jira Software Server 7.13.0

Find the release notes for Jira Software Server 7.13.0 for more information on this minor release.

Jira Service Desk Server 3.16.0

Find the release notes for Jira Service Desk Server 3.16.0 for more information on this minor release.

Released November 28, 2018

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I think 7.6.0 was also an Enterprise release… is it?
Is there any page where we could track enterprise releases and their expiration date?


Note the Enterprise Release designation for Jira Software 7.13 has been removed at this time.

@rwhitbeck What does this mean? Will the designation be restored at some point to 7.13 or will we have to wait for 7.14 or later?

From what I understand they wanted to investigate a performance issue that popped up and plan to make a future 7.13.x the ER.