How to open JIRA in dark mode

How to open JIRA in dark mode

JIRA is the perfect software for keeping your team organized and on track. It enables you to create and update issues to track bugs, features, tasks, and more. It’s flexible enough to support the way you work from day one – no matter how large your project or distributed your teams. From planning projects down to tracking issues, you can count on JIRA to help you deliver software your users love.

The product’s name is a truncation of Gojira, the Japanese word for Godzilla. The name was originated from a nickname Atlassian developers used to refer to Bugzilla, which was previously used internally for bug-tracking. Jira is a powerful software that can be licensed for running on-premises or used as a hosted application.

By default, JIRA does not have a built-in dark mode that you can enable right out of the box. However, we will show you a few ways that you can open JIRA in a dark interface by using a browser extension or installing a JIRA server add-on.

For JIRA server: DarkTheme by Maximilian Porzelt

DarkTheme by Maximilian Porzelt is a paid JIRA app that provides three additional dark themes (dark modes) that can be switched on/off by every user on its own. It supports dark mode on both Kanban & Scrum Board and Dashboard, makes the interface easier on the eyes, saving the eyesight of Jira users with eye-friendly dark, gray and black colors.

Every user can smoothly switch between regular and three different dark themes (dark mode). There is Blue, which is light color scheme that slightly darkens the page with a dark navy blue, Anthracite – A dark color scheme, similar to many other applications and Night – a very dark color scheme that convinces with its many black and dark-gray shades.

In order to install the app, first you need to log into your Jira instance as an admin. Then access Atlassian Marketplace > Find new apps then search for DarkTheme. Once you find the app, you can click Try free to begin a new trial or Buy now to purchase it right away.

Jira Black (for Chromium-based browsers)

Jira Black is a small Chrome extension to transform your JIRA in a nice dark Theme. If you’re using a Chromium-based browser such as Opera, Edge or Chrome/Chromium, this might be the simplest choice out there.

There is not much to say about this extension other than the fact that it works right out of the box and is now actively developed. The latest version comes out in August 2021, which is relatively new. The extension does not ask for excessive permissions, and offer a more mellow dark theme than the other extensions in the Chrome market.

Night Mode for Jira Cloud

Night Mode for Jira is another Chrome extension that changes the color of JIRA Service Management UI to black without touching anything on the server side.

In addition to a built-in toggle to switch JIRA to night mode, the extension also offers the ability to adjust the contrast and brightness of the colors.

Night Mode for Jira also offer the ability to automatically change the blue light to a softer, warm tones in the night so it won’t mess up with your sleep cycle. Excessive exposure to blue light that comes from the computer screen can break your biological sleep cycle, causes insomnia and other issues.

The extension is available for free on Chrome Webstore, does not show any ads and also does not ask for any login credentials.

JIRA Cloud Dark mode for Safari users

The JIRA dark mode extensions mentioned above works in all Chromium-based browsers. However, if you’re using Safari, you’re in a whole different ecosystem. In this case, you can try Dark Reader for Safari, which is a paid app works in all Apple devices that support iOS 15 or iPadOS 15.

Dark Reader provides a dark mode toggle for any website by basically replacing any light color with a darker one. It is an open source software and has a reputation of respecting user’s privacy. Its Chromium extension is freely distributed while the Safari version costs $4.99.

Cross-platform Jira Dark Theme

If you want an unified experience across browsers and platforms, you can try Jira Dark Theme – an additional userstyle specifically made for Jira Cloud. You can easily apply this userstyle CSS on many different operating system, including Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Edge and also Safari.

Basically, you would have to install an userscript extension for your browser before applying Jira Dark Theme . There are Stylus for Firefox, which also supports Chrome, Opera. On Safari, you can use Cascadea for Safari to do the same thing. Once you’ve installed the extensions, head over to and click Install directly with Stylus and follow the instructions to set up the Dark mode for Jira Cloud.

We hope that the information above helped you access the dark mode of JIRA Cloud. You may also want to check out our list of 8 Best Open Source CMDB software, Best Linux Video Converters and 10 Best Python Graphics Libraries.

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