Introducing Atlassian Connect
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What is Atlassian Connect?
An Atlassian Connect add-on is any web application that extends an Atlassian application, like JIRA or Confluence. It may be an existing app that you integrate with the Atlassian app or a new service that you create to add features to an Atlassian app. Atlassian Connect add-ons operate remotely over HTTP and can be written with any programming language and web framework.
Fundamentally, Atlassian Connect add-ons have three major capabilities. Add-ons can:
- Insert content in certain defined places in the Atlassian application's UI.
- Make calls to the Atlassian application's REST API.
- Listen and respond to WebHooks fired by the Atlassian application.
Interacting with Atlassian OnDemand
While Atlassian Connect add-ons run seaparately from the Atlassian application, to an end user, the add-on appears as a fully integrated part of the Atlassian application. After subscribing to the add-on, the features are delivered from within the UI and workflows of the host application.
Most Atlassian Connect add-ons will be implemented as multi-tenanted services. This means that a single Atlassian Connect application must take into account multiple subscribing organizations. For example, each add-on will maintain subscriber-specific data and configuration. For more about multi-tenancy design considerations, see Understand OnDemand.
Security is a important concern in a distributed component model such as Atlassian Connect. Atlassian Connect relies on HTTPS and JWT authentication to secure communication between the add-on, the Atlassian product instance and the end-user's browser.
Read our security overview for more details.