Anyone who has used the Universal Plugin Manager (UPM) in Jira will attest to its ability to simplify the process of monitoring, installing, and upgrading plugins. It alerts you when there are new versions of your plugins, and, most importantly, it downloads and installs the plugins for you – no Jira restart necessary. The process really couldn’t be simpler. However, the UPM couldn’t do all those things to itself. Until now.

New UPM Hotness

In the new Universal Plugin Manager (versions 1.6+), it automatically detects and displays new versions of itself in the “Upgrade” tab of the UPM – just like normal plugins. To download and update the new plugin, just click “Upgrade Now” and refresh the page once it has finished the upgrade. You no longer have to restart Jira!


You might be wondering: how does the UPM shut itself down, install a new version, and restart all while telling you what it’s doing? Well, we wouldn’t want to ruin the wonder behind it for you.

Upgrade Now

In order to take advantage of the self-updating feature, you must manually download and install the latest version of the Universal Plugin Manager one last time. Did we mention that it’s free?

Check out this video to see it in action:

Self-Updating Universal Plugin Manager...