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If you are writing a script that interacts with Jira through a REST API, you should authenticate using an OAuth token, rather than an embedded username/password. Here we describe one way to do the 'oauth dance' to generate a trusted token using Python 3 - specifically the jirashell  utility from the jira Python package.  jirashell  then forms a useful basis for a Python script. Our example script uses OAuth to call an undocumented REST API for querying license data.


Personal Access Tokens make this approach obsolete.  Use them instead if you are using Jira 8.14 and above.


These instructions no longer work for me on tested combinations {Ubuntu 18.04 + Python 3.6.9}, { Ubuntu 20.04 + Python 3.8.5}. The jirashell command should print a URL, but instead returns:

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pip3 install -U pip   # upgrade pip to avoid "No module named 'setuptools_rust'" error
pip3 install jira ipython pyjwt

titleModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'setuptools_rust'?

If you get an error:

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Collecting cryptography>=2.0 (from SecretStorage>=3.2; sys_platform == "linux"->keyring->jira)                                                                                                      
  Downloading (546kB)
    100% |████████████████████████████████| 552kB 2.8MB/s 
    Complete output from command python egg_info:
            =============================DEBUG ASSISTANCE==========================
            If you are seeing an error here please try the following to
            successfully install cryptography:
            Upgrade to the latest pip and try again. This will fix errors for most
            users. See:
            =============================DEBUG ASSISTANCE==========================
    Traceback (most recent call last):
      File "<string>", line 1, in <module>
      File "/tmp/pip-build-xs9c9nwd/cryptography/", line 14, in <module>
        from setuptools_rust import RustExtension 
    ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'setuptools_rust'
Command "python egg_info" failed with error code 1 in /tmp/pip-build-xs9c9nwd/cryptography/

then pip3 install -U pip  should fix it.


Click 'Allow' in the Browser window:


After the URL, your terminal also should have displayed: