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Making JIRA more social using LinkedIn log in feature

For this ShipIt I wanted to investigate how to ease life of our users by allowing them not to have to remember yet another username/password to access JIRA.

Because LinkedIn is the worlds biggest professional network I decided to go and use them to authenticate users for JIRA. They give nice JavaScript Sign In button with allows you to setup whole authentication in minutes.

Unfortunately that requires a fixed domain name and cross origin headers. Nothing wrong with that but I wanted to make it a plugin that everyone could install (so no prior knowledge of domain name). Decided to use some Java client library.

A bit of JavaScript injecting a button on log in page.


Redirects you to LinkedIn as part of OAuth dance.


A new fresh account is created for you (if it doesn’t exist) and you’re automatically logged in.


Some nice defaults.


Since we now have a user and his OAuth tokens we can do whatever we want (as long as he agrees) - get details from LinkedIn about his connections, publish some updates like new releases, promote issues (like spreading the world to reach more voters), etc.