Tips and Tricks – Change the Jira Date Format

Here for you short and simple from the category Jira Tips and Tricks for everyday life – changing the Jira date display to match the formatting that is more common in most of Europe.

Problem: American Jira date format display

Jira Date Format Display

In Europe or especially in Germany we are used to a date in the format day.month.year. In Jira it is the standard – even when installed in German – that the dates are given in the American notation day/month/year. Also the display of clock times has the 12-hour logic with am and pm.

Switching to German date display – System Settings

In order to set the date used to the format common in Germany, you have to change the following values in the Jira System Settings -> “Advanced Settings” as administrator:

SettingsWert
jira.date.picker.javascript.formatdd.MM.yyyy
jira.date.picker.javascript.format%d.%m.%Y
jira.date.time.picker.java.formatdd.MM.yyyy HH:mm
jira.date.time.picker.javascript.format%d.%m.%Y %H:%M

Switching to German date display – Design Options

In order to set the date display to the format commonly used in Germany, you have to change the following values in the Jira System Settings -> “Look and feel” as administrator:

SettingsValue
Time FormatHH:mm
Date FormatEEEE HH:mm
Complete Date/Time Formatdd.MM.yyyy HH:mm
Day/Month/Year Formatdd.MM.yyyy
Use ISO8601 standard in Date PickerYes

The ISO8601 defines here additionally the display of calendar weeks, which corresponds to those of most wall calendars common around here.

Author: Nico Hoffmann

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