This is way more confusing than it needs to be, but here’s how I was able to grant a Jira user access to only one project in JIRA.

Step 1: Create a new user in the User Management section of the Administrator. For this example, we’re just using username: test and email: [email protected] Now, remove all of the Groups from this user. This means remove Jira-User and Jira-Developer. Jira-User will give the user access to all projects, which is not what we want. We should now have a user who can’t even login to JIRA good.

Create New JIRA  User
Create New JIRA User


Step 2: Create a new group in the Administrator section. Entitle this new group TestGroup.

Create a Jira Group for Single Project Access
Create a Jira Group for Single Project Access


Step 3: Navigate to JiraAdministrationGlobal Permissions.

JIRA Administrator Global Permissions
JIRA Administrator Global Permissions


Step 4: Add your Test Group to Permission JIRA Users

Add Group to Permission JIRA Users
Add Group to Permission JIRA Users


Step 5: Your TestGroup should show up under JIRA Users

Single Project Access JIRA Users
Single Project Access JIRA Users


Step 6: Navigate back to the User Management Administration setting. Find the new user. Add only the TestGroup to the new user Test.

Add Single Access Group to New JIRA User
Add Single Access Group to New JIRA User


Step 7: Navigate to your Project in the Administrator mode. Add your new Group to one of the existing Roles, e.g. JIRA Users.

Add Single Project Group to JIRA Project Roles
Add Single Project Group to JIRA Project Roles


Step 8: Logout of JIRA as Administrator. Log back in with the new User. You should only have access to your Project!

Joel Garcia
Joel Garcia

Joel Garcia has been building AllCode since 2015. He’s an innovative, hands-on executive with a proven record of designing, developing, and operating Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), mobile, and desktop solutions. Joel has expertise in HealthTech, VoIP, and cloud-based solutions. Joel has experience scaling multiple start-ups for successful exits to IMS Health and Golden Gate Capital, as well as working at mature, industry-leading software companies. He’s held executive engineering positions in San Francisco at TidalWave, LittleCast, Self Health Network, LiveVox acquired by Golden Gate Capital, and Med-Vantage acquired by IMS Health.