How to Integrate Airtable and Jira

Airtable and Jira integration allows you to manage every phase of your project in one place. Discover more now.

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Jira is one of the world’s leading issue tracking tools and Airtable is a very powerful, easy-to-use database platform. While you can bend and rotate Airtable into one application to track problems, perhaps it’s better if you combine the power of both to create something fairly flexible and useful.

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With the help of an easy-to-install Jira plugin, you can sync Airtable and embed it in cards and notes. This could be a great way to keep track of the various moving elements within an issue. For example, you may have specific servers listed in an airtable database that includes services, applications, purpose, location, licenses, and more. This specific information could make troubleshooting a Jira issue much easier for your support team.

So how do you integrate these two in this way? let me show you

What you need to integrate Airtable with Jira

The only things you need for this integration are Airtable and Jira accounts. Regarding your Jira account, you need a user account with permission to install applications. Note that if you have an Airtable Pro account ($20/seat/month), you can integrate the two from within Airtable and integrate directly with Jira Cloud. However, the integration I’m going to show you is free and handled from the Jira side.

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How to install the Airtable integration

The first thing you need to do is log into both your Jira and Airtable accounts in the same web browser. Once you’ve done that, go to Jira and then click Apps | Discover more apps. In the resulting window (Figure A), type airtable in the search box.

Figure A

Search for the Airtable integration app in Jira.

Click on the entry Airtable+ For Jira and then in the next window (Figure B), click Try for free.

Figure B

Installing Airtable+ for Jira.

When prompted, click “Start Free Trial” and the installation will begin. This should take less than a minute. Once the installation is complete, you can add Airtable to a Jira issue. Let’s find out how.

How to add Airtable to a Jira issue

Find and open an issue card in Jira or create a new one. There should be a new section on the map called Airtable (Figure C).

Figure C

Our new airtable space with a Jira issue.

Click on the Airtable icon and then go to Airtable. Open the base you want to add to the map, then click Split View (Figure D).

Figure D

Generating a sharing link for the airtable base.

Once the link is generated, copy it to your clipboard and go back to Jira where you paste the link into the Link or embed code field (Figure E).

Figure E

If you paste the airtable base link here, the base information will be embedded in the map.

Jira is fetching the information and should be filled out. How long this will take depends on how much information is stored in the base. When the base has been imported, make sure you click save and anyone viewing the issue can benefit from the information added (Figure F).

Figure F

I have successfully imported an Airtable base into a Jira output card.

And that’s all you need to add this free airtable access to your Jira issues. If you use both tools, consider this integration to simplify your employees’ workflow.

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