Published: October 8, 2020
Updated: August 4, 2022
As we said before, you are actually able to connect these two tools and enjoy their functionality, combined into a single system. No more switching between one another and wasting precious time that could be spent on more important tasks.
If you have only used Jira before, you will enjoy how much easier your repositories will be to reach, and if you have only used Git you will love how much your in-office communication will improve with easier messaging and branch distribution.
The best thing about it is the fact that it can be done with a single, tiny add-on named, conveniently, Smart Integration.
It will allow you to add all of the repositories you’re using directly into your Jira instance, helping you establish an instant link between your Jira project and your repositories with only a few clicks of your mouse.
All you really have to do is pick a provider, add your repository name and paste in the password. The name of your repository along with its author, identifier, line difference, and other types of information will appear in the activity panel for preview.
Upon integration, you’ll be able to track any Git status changes right from your Jira issue page, organized in a simple side panel with all of the information related to commits and branches, like dates and numbers.
Additionally, it allows you to compare code side-by-side with highly-detailed descriptions available to you at a press of a button.
Remember how we said Git repositories store your data in a cloud? Well, Smart Git Integration for Jira actually copies your repository locally. But why? Doesn’t this seem a bit counter-intuitive? Actually, no, and there is a good reason for it. By copying it on your computer, you will be able to analyze data without having to send any requests to the Git Provider API and wait for webhooks. This is done to save you even more precious time.
The installation process for Smart Integration is extremely simple, but we will guide you through it nonetheless. First, head over to the Smart Git Integration for Jira page on the Atlassian Marketplace, download it to your computer and follow the simple instructions.
Once it is installed, you will need to add your repository. Or repositories; Smart Integration allows you to add as many as you need. Likewise, you can delete them and enjoy the blank repository table if you don’t need them anymore.
Copy your repository link starting with “https”, then select “add repository” and paste the URL into the pop-up window to add your repository.
After you add your repositories, you will need to select a fitting server. Enter in your authentication credentials and press “next”.
Choose the repository(ies) you need to add.
You can even add repositories from different servers. To do that, you will need to choose an appropriate External Service from the menu. Keep your authentication credentials ready to paste for this, though.
Once again, choose your needed repositories.
This is the last step, after which all of your repositories will load automatically.
To find all your Git Provider Page links and information related to commits, go to the Issue side panel. Follow the Git Provider Page links to find more detailed data.
On this page, you will find all information, related to both your branches and merge branches.
Additionally, you can compare your code side-by-side for quicker and easier analysis.
If you’ve only used one of these tools before, you should definitely consider integrating them together. By doing so, you will be able to both improve the communication within your agency, ease your managers’ work a little bit, and generally speed up your workflow. All that, by installing a single add-on with only a couple clicks of your mouse!
Access your Git projects through Jira’s simple interface, and cut the waiting times by completely eliminating the need to wait for a webhook from the Git Provider API.