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Jira H2 Database Integration: Replicate Jira Data to H2 Database

Published: August 10, 2023
Last Updated: April 22, 2024
Support Team Lead at Alpha Serve
Jira H2 integration allows the seamless connection of Jira, a widely adopted tool for issue tracking and project management, to various databases, including the H2 Database, enabling efficient data export and storage. In this article, we will discuss how to integrate Jira with an H2 database using the SQL Connector for Jira developed by Alpha Serve.

The integration of Jira Cloud with an H2 database is facilitated by the SQL Connector for Jira, which allows to replicate data into an H2 database. This process benefits organizations seeking to perform advanced analytics, create custom reports, and utilize SQL databases' powerful querying, reporting, and data manipulation capabilities.
Jira H2 Database Integration: Replicate Jira Data to H2 Database

What is Jira H2 Database Integration

What is Jira H2 Database Integration
Jira-H2 Database integration is the process of connecting your Jira Cloud instance to an external H2 database. This allows data from Jira to be stored and managed externally. Doing so can help centralize data for easy access, eliminate manual data updating in Jira, and provide the ability to query an external database.

While Jira Data Center already has built-in integration with H2, Jira Cloud users can take advantage of the SQL Connector for Jira to establish similar connectivity.

H2 is a lightweight, open-source relational database known for its speed. It can be integrated with various applications, including Jira Cloud. The SQL Connector for Jira allows users to export, store, and manage Jira data in the H2 database efficiently.

Keeping Jira data in a SQL H2 database offers a consolidated and organized method of managing data, guaranteeing data integrity, dependability, and accessibility. The Jira H2 database connector provides a flexible and effective option for managing and exploiting your invaluable Jira project data, whether you need to run complex requests, produce comprehensive dashboards, or combine Jira data with other databases.

Benefits of Jira H2 DB Connection

Benefits of Jira H2 DB Connection
By establishing a connection between Jira and the H2DB, users can centralize their data storage and management, gain advanced customization options, and improve performance and compatibility with SQL standards to optimize Jira's data handling capabilities. The Jira H2 integration offers several benefits:

Open-Source Database

​​H2 is an open-source database that is free to use for anyone and easily accessible. Customizing and adapting the database to your specific needs is also easy. Open-source platforms like H2 have a large community of developers building products for the database and providing support or updates.

Data Management Customization

Integrating Jira with H2 makes it possible to leverage the various configurations and data management options offered by H2 DB. You can customize the database settings and set up a cache and other parameters to fine-tune Jira's performance. These advanced data management features allow configuring H2 based on your specific reporting needs to take control of Jira data.

Compatibility and SQL Capabilities

The two main programming APIs of the H2 database are SQL and JDBC. However, the database can also act like a PostgreSQL server, allowing it to support the usage of other API drivers like the PostgreSQL ODBC driver. That makes it compatible with Jira and other platforms that use SQL standards.

Performance Optimization

H2 is a lightweight, responsive, and fact database. The H2DB engine works like a browser-based console application with a footprint of just a 1.5 MB jar file that is very efficient for query execution. Using the H2 database with Jira improves the overall performance of Jira, especially when working with large data volumes.

Why Perform Jira H2 Integration Using SQL Connector for Jira

Why Perform Jira H2 Integration Using SQL Connector for Jira
The SQL Connector for Jira, developed by Alpha Serve, is an enterprise-grade application designed to facilitate the seamless integration of Jira with various SQL databases. The SQL Connector for Jira offers a range of essential features to simplify the integration process allowing users to establish a direct connection between Jira Cloud and H2 database.. This direct connection ensures efficient and secure data transfer between the two systems.

Here are key features of the SQL Connector for Jira that make it an essential tool for Jira H2 integration:

Direct Jira H2 Database Connection

Jira and the H2 DB are seamlessly integrated due to the SQL Connector for Jira. Users can connect directly by providing the required database credentials, facilitating easy data synchronization and transfer.

Extensive SQL Database Support

Besides the H2 database, the SQL Connector for Jira supports other major SQL databases, including MySQL, PostgreSQL, MS SQL Server, and Oracle Database. This versatility means that businesses can integrate Jira with their preferred database, ensuring compatibility and usability.

Advanced Data Export Capabilities

Users can quickly export data from Jira to the H2 DB with the help of the SQL Connector for Jira. The connector provides several data export features, including the capacity to export an infinite quantity of Jira data, the use of various filtering options (such as basic filters or JQL), and the export of all Jira fields, including custom fields, history, and Agile-related data.

Automation and Scheduled Refresh

The SQL Connector for Jira makes it possible to automate the data export procedure. Users can set a refreshing time in UTC or utilize Cron expressions for scheduling exports at certain times. Thanks to this functionality, users will save time and effort, ensuring that data is updated and synchronized between Jira and the H2 database.

How to Build Jira H2 Database Connection with SQL Connector for Jira

How to Build Jira H2 Database Connection with SQL Connector for Jira
To establish a Jira H2 database connection using the SQL Connector for Jira, you can comply with the steps outlined below:

Step 1: Install SQL Connector for Jira

Navigate to the Apps section in your Jira Cloud interface and choose "Explore more apps". Search for "SQL Connector for Jira Alpha Serve" and click on it in the results. A click on the "Try it free" button leads to a new window where you'll initiate a 30-day free trial by selecting "Start free trial". Once the installation is successful, a notification will appear.

To access the connector, simply go to Apps in the main menu and select SQL Connector for Jira. The app can also be installed directly from the Atlassian Marketplace. Just remember to select the Cloud hosting option and click “Try it Free".
SQL Connector for Jira

Step 2: Create a Jira API Token

To set up your first data export (data source) in SQL Connector for Jira, you’ll need to create a Jira API token first. To do this, navigate to Account settings.
Create a Jira API Token
In the security tab, click the Create and Manage API tokens link.
Create and Manage API Tokens
On the page that opens, click the “Create API Token” button. You will be prompted to enter a name for the API token you want to create.
Create API Token Name
Once the token is created, copy the new API token. This step is important because you won't see the token again once you leave the page.
Copy Jira API Token
Now go to the Apps tab and select SQL Connector for Jira. Select Tokens → Jira API token, enter the token you copied earlier and click on Validate & Save.
Validate & Save Jira API Token

Step 3: Create Data Source in SQL Connector for Jira

To set up Jira H2 database integration and export Jira data, you need to create a data source in Jira with the SQL Connector. Go to the Connectors tab and click the Create Data Source button. You’ll be prompted to enter the name and description of your data source. You can also adjust the share settings in order to share your data source with specific Jira users or user groups of users.
Create SQL Data Source
In the "Filter issues" section, you have three options for selecting the issues you want to export:
1. All: to export all existing issues.
2. Select by JQL: to create a custom request and filter the data. JQL is a flexible tool in Jira that allows you to search for specific issues, projects, and more.
3. Basic: to use standard field filters. You can select issue filters such as projects, issue types, and statuses and specify time intervals for issue creation or update.
Data Source Filter
After selecting your desired filter, click "Apply" to apply the filter and proceed with the export.

In the "Select Fields" section, you have several options to customize the fields for exporting:
7. Search field - Enter the name of the field you want to find and add to your data source.
8. Magnifier - Click to search for the specific item you want to add.
9. Clear the search field.
10. View options - Tap to sort the issues by their Names/IDs/Types.
11. Tabs with Jira Fields - Displays a list of all Jira fields and tables available for export. Note that the list may vary based on your Jira edition and add-ons.
12. Issues - Subsection for selecting all fields within a certain subsection of issues.
13. Checkbox - Check the box next to the required field to include it in the export.
SQL Data Source Configuration
In the "Apply" section, you have the following options for managing your edited data source:
14. Save - Click to create a new data source and save your changes.
15. Preview - Click to review the details of the data source, including its name, description, issue filters, and export items.
16. Preview ERD - Click to view the Entity Relationship Diagram, which shows the tables and fields you have selected for the connector.
17. Close - Leave the data source creation page without saving any changes you have made.
SQL Data Source Managing

Step 4: Export Data into the H2 Database

After creating the data source for the data you want to export, open the SQL Connector for Jira to find this data source, then click “Export data”.
Replicate Jira Data into the H2 Database
If you export data from this source for the first time, you will be asked to set up a new connection. In this step, select "H2" in the Database Type section and provide all required information such as Host, Port, Database Name, Database Schema, and Username and Password.
Set Up Database Connection
Click Validate connection and Save. Once the connection is set up, click the “Export data” button, and the data will start exporting. You’ll be able to see the status of your data export i.e., Exported, Not Exported, Loading, or Error as the case may be. Once the status updates to "Exported," you'll have full access to your Jira data within your H2 database.


With Alpha Serve’s SQL Connector for Jira, you can create unlimited data sources for all your Jira projects. You can also use advanced features such as automation, scheduled refresh, and advanced permissions to secure your data. You'll do more with your data when you operate this reliable and easy-to-use connector to perform Jira H2 integration.

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