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Gadget support

Atlassian will provide support for gadgets that are part of supported plugins. Please refer to Atlassian supported plugins​. Atlassian support does not cover gadgets on external sites like iGoogle or Gmail. See the detailed section on gadget limitations.

Here are sample gadgets you can use to learn more about how to develop your own gadgets: 

  • Crucible Gadget Plugin — This is a plugin that you will need to install into Crucible 2.0 or later.
  • JIRA Issues Gadget — This comes in two varieties:
    • The basic version is designed to run standalone. It fetches anonymously-viewable issues from You can use the XML spec file URL directly to serve the gadget, or check it out and copy the containing directory to your own web server.
    • The plugin version can be checked out and built with Maven 2 (by running mvn package). You can install the resulting JAR file into JIRA 4.0 or later.
  • Tree Frog — This is the gadget URL that you can add directly to your dashboard. As an externally developed gadget, we cannot guarantee that this gadget works or will continue to work. But it nevertheless may provide a good starting point for your own experimentation.

In addition, if you have access to the JIRA source code (which you should if you have a commercial license), you can find additional examples of Gadgets by looking at those included with JIRA. You can find which gadgets JIRA includes by checking the descriptor in the JIRA source code at:



Gadget Developer Documentation
Gadgets and Dashboards Documentation

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  1. Tree Frog worked for me with JIRA 4.0.0 Beta1 but none of the other gadgets I tried from Google worked (PacMan, Illusions etc)


    1. Matt,

      Gadgets from iGoogle can be tricky. Some will work, but others make use of non-standard APIs that are specific to iGoogle, rely on undocumented iGoogle behavior, or use features that we don't yet support in Atlassian Gadgets. In some cases, though, there might be gadgets that should run in JIRA 4, but don't because of some bug we haven't found yet. It would be a big help if you could let us know the gadget spec URLs that you've tried that aren't working so we can figure out whether it's due to a bug in the gadget itself or in our container.

      – Tim

  2. When I try to get the plugin version I get a 403 - Forbidden page.

  3. Look, more crappy gadget development pages from Atlassian.  Fix your documentation!!!

  4. Sri

    Hi Matt Doar (CustomWare)

    How did it work? How did you host the Tree Frog? how to get the gadget URL?

    Thanks in Advance

    1. Been a while so I don't recall. But gadget URLs are displayed nicely for Atlassian gadgets. Also, I think Google doesn't use gadgets so much any more