The Bitbucket team has been working hard to bring distributed version control (DVCS) capabilities to Atlassian’s JIRA to help complete your development suite. In February, we released the JIRA DVCS Connector; this nifty plugin allowed you to jump to your Bitbucket or GitHub repositories straight from the JIRA Commits tab.

Today, we are introducing Bitbucket Links. With Bitbucket Links, you can use issue keys to link to JIRA or other development tools you use straight from Bitbucket.

The Circle is Complete

With the JIRA DVCS Connector, you could jump to your source in Bitbucket by clicking on your commit in the JIRA Commits Tab. However, the plugin did not offer links to jump back into JIRA once you were in Bitbucket. With the Bitbucket Links, you can link your commit messages and code comments directly to your JIRA issue tracker; thus completing the integration circle. By simply referencing the issue key in your commit message, Bitbucket can provide a link to your issue, so you never lose track of why a specific change was committed.

In addition to JIRA issues, Bitbucket Links can also connect to your Bamboo buildsCrucible reviews, or your Jenkins server.

Try It Yourself Today

You can set up a Bitbucket link in seconds. From any repository administration screen in Bitbucket, select the new Links option to set up your JIRA, Bamboo, Crucible or Jenkins server. Click on the tool you wish to link, enter your server URL and your project key, and that’s it. Bitbucket will take care of the rest.

Get the DVCS Connector

If you haven’t already, make sure to install the JIRA DVCS Connector in order to:

  • Track commits, monitor source code edits, and drill through to source files all from JIRA
  • Push commits to JIRA simply by referencing issue keys in commit messages
  • Map unlimited public and private Bitbucket and GitHub repositories to JIRA projects.
  • View Bitbucket and GitHub activity in the JIRA Activity stream