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How to load data from Jira to BigQuery

Learn how to use Airbyte to synchronize your Jira data into BigQuery within minutes.


This can be done by building a data pipeline manually, usually a Python script (you can leverage a tool as Apache Airflow for this). This process can take more than a full week of development. Or it can be done in minutes on Airbyte in three easy steps:

  1. set up Jira as a source connector (using Auth, or usually an API key)
  2. set up BigQuery as a destination connector
  3. define which data you want to transfer and how frequently

You can choose to self-host the pipeline using Airbyte Open Source or have it managed for you with Airbyte Cloud.

This tutorial’s purpose is to show you how.

What is Jira

Jira is an issue tracking software by Atlassian that assists developers in bug tracking and agile project management. With software support throughout the entire development process, from planning to tracking, to the final release, and reports based on real-time data to improve team performance, Jira is the go-to software development tool for agile teams.

What is BigQuery

BigQuery is an enterprise data warehouse that draws on the processing power of Google Cloud Storage to enable fast processing of SQL queries through massive datasets. BigQuery helps businesses select the most appropriate software provider to assemble their data, based on the platforms the business uses. Once a business’ data is acculumated, it is moved into BigQuery. The company controls access to the data, but BigQuery stores and processes it for greater speed and convenience.

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  1. A Jira account to transfer your customer data automatically from.
  2. A BigQuery account.
  3. An active Airbyte Cloud account, or you can also choose to use Airbyte Open Source locally. You can follow the instructions to set up Airbyte on your system using docker-compose.

Airbyte is an open-source data integration platform that consolidates and streamlines the process of extracting and loading data from multiple data sources to data warehouses. It offers pre-built connectors, including Jira and BigQuery, for seamless data migration.

When using Airbyte to move data from Jira to BigQuery, it extracts data from Jira using the source connector, converts it into a format BigQuery can ingest using the provided schema, and then loads it into BigQuery via the destination connector. This allows businesses to leverage their Jira data for advanced analytics and insights within BigQuery, simplifying the ETL process and saving significant time and resources.

Step 1: Set up Jira as a source connector

1. First, navigate to the Airbyte dashboard and click on "Sources" on the left-hand side of the screen.

2. Click on the "Add Source" button in the top right corner of the screen.

3. Select "Jira" from the list of available sources.

4. Enter a name for your Jira source connector and click "Next".

5. Enter your Jira credentials, including the Jira URL, email address, and API token.

6. Test the connection to ensure that the credentials are correct and the connection is successful.

7. Select the Jira projects and issue types that you want to replicate in Airbyte.

8. Choose the replication frequency and any other settings that you want to apply to your Jira source connector.

9. Click "Create Source" to save your Jira source connector and begin replicating data from Jira to Airbyte.  

It is important to note that the specific steps for connecting your Jira source connector may vary depending on your specific use case and the version of Jira that you are using. For more detailed instructions and troubleshooting tips, refer to the Airbyte documentation or consult with a Jira expert.

Step 2: Set up BigQuery as a destination connector

1. First, navigate to the Airbyte dashboard and select the "Destinations" tab on the left-hand side of the screen.

2. Scroll down until you find the "BigQuery" destination connector and click on it.

3. Click the "Create Destination" button to begin setting up your BigQuery destination.

4. Enter your Google Cloud Platform project ID and service account credentials in the appropriate fields.

5. Next, select the dataset you want to use for your destination and enter the table prefix you want to use.

6. Choose the schema mapping for your data, which will determine how your data is organized in BigQuery.

7. Finally, review your settings and click the "Create Destination" button to complete the setup process.

8. Once your destination is created, you can begin configuring your source connectors to start syncing data to BigQuery.

9. To do this, navigate to the "Sources" tab on the left-hand side of the screen and select the source connector you want to use.

10. Follow the prompts to enter your source credentials and configure your sync settings.

11. When you reach the "Destination" step, select your BigQuery destination from the dropdown menu and choose the dataset and table prefix you want to use.

12. Review your settings and click the "Create Connection" button to start syncing data from your source to your BigQuery destination.

Step 3: Set up a connection to sync your Jira data to BigQuery

Once you've successfully connected Jira as a data source and BigQuery as a destination in Airbyte, you can set up a data pipeline between them with the following steps:

  1. Create a new connection: On the Airbyte dashboard, navigate to the 'Connections' tab and click the '+ New Connection' button.
  2. Choose your source: Select Jira from the dropdown list of your configured sources.
  3. Select your destination: Choose BigQuery from the dropdown list of your configured destinations.
  4. Configure your sync: Define the frequency of your data syncs based on your business needs. Airbyte allows both manual and automatic scheduling for your data refreshes.
  5. Select the data to sync: Choose the specific Jira objects you want to import data from towards BigQuery. You can sync all data or select specific tables and fields.
  6. Select the sync mode for your streams: Choose between full refreshes or incremental syncs (with deduplication if you want), and this for all streams or at the stream level. Incremental is only available for streams that have a primary cursor.
  7. Test your connection: Click the 'Test Connection' button to make sure that your setup works. If the connection test is successful, save your configuration.
  8. Start the sync: If the test passes, click 'Set Up Connection'. Airbyte will start moving data from Jira to BigQuery according to your settings.

Remember, Airbyte keeps your data in sync at the frequency you determine, ensuring your BigQuery data warehouse is always up-to-date with your Jira data.

Use Cases to transfer your Jira data to BigQuery

Integrating data from Jira to BigQuery provides several benefits. Here are a few use cases:

  1. Advanced Analytics: BigQuery’s powerful data processing capabilities enable you to perform complex queries and data analysis on your Jira data, extracting insights that wouldn't be possible within Jira alone.
  2. Data Consolidation: If you're using multiple other sources along with Jira, syncing to BigQuery allows you to centralize your data for a holistic view of your operations, and to set up a change data capture process so you never have any discrepancies in your data again.
  3. Historical Data Analysis: Jira has limits on historical data. Syncing data to BigQuery allows for long-term data retention and analysis of historical trends over time.
  4. Data Security and Compliance: BigQuery provides robust data security features. Syncing Jira data to BigQuery ensures your data is secured and allows for advanced data governance and compliance management.
  5. Scalability: BigQuery can handle large volumes of data without affecting performance, providing an ideal solution for growing businesses with expanding Jira data.
  6. Data Science and Machine Learning: By having Jira data in BigQuery, you can apply machine learning models to your data for predictive analytics, customer segmentation, and more.
  7. Reporting and Visualization: While Jira provides reporting tools, data visualization tools like Tableau, PowerBI, Looker (Google Data Studio) can connect to BigQuery, providing more advanced business intelligence options. If you have a Jira table that needs to be converted to a BigQuery table, Airbyte can do that automatically.

Wrapping Up

To summarize, this tutorial has shown you how to:

  1. Configure a Jira account as an Airbyte data source connector.
  2. Configure BigQuery as a data destination connector.
  3. Create an Airbyte data pipeline that will automatically be moving data directly from Jira to BigQuery after you set a schedule

With Airbyte, creating data pipelines take minutes, and the data integration possibilities are endless. Airbyte supports the largest catalog of API tools, databases, and files, among other sources. Airbyte's connectors are open-source, so you can add any custom objects to the connector, or even build a new connector from scratch without any local dev environment or any data engineer within 10 minutes with the no-code connector builder.

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In today’s data-driven world, just achieving effective project management falls short without rigorous analysis. As businesses struggle with enormous datasets, a combination of robust data management and profound data analysis is imperative. This collaboration works particularly well when considering platforms like Jira, a popular project management tool, and BigQuery, a robust data warehousing and analytics platform. Let’s discover ways to integrate these two platforms and how it will benefit your organization.

Jira BigQuery Integration Benefits

  • Unified Data Storage: By integrating data from Jira and multiple sources into BigQuery, you can gain a consolidated view of your datasets. This will ensure all your team members are on the same page, enhancing collaborative working and reducing the risk of data silos.
  • Advanced Analytics: BigQuery offers SQL-based querying capabilities. This allows you to extract valuable insights into project progress, team performance, and other critical metrics. Alternatively, you can also create customized dashboards and reports that will provide deeper insights into Jira data.
  • Scalability: BigQuery is designed to handle enormous amounts of datasets, allowing you to accommodate the growing demands of dynamic environments effectively.
  • Cross-functional Analysis: Combining Jira data with other sources in BigQuery will help you gain insights into your projects covering different aspects. For example, integrating Jira data with customer data from your CRM system can help you track customer behavior and their buying patterns.

Automate Jira to BigQuery Integration Using Data Integration Tool

Data integration tools are software solutions that streamline the process of combining data from various sources. They help you transform and clean data as per requirement and load it to the destination database or warehouse. These tools play a crucial role in creating a unified view of data across an organization. 

Airbyte is one such ETL solution that helps you automate your entire data integration journey. It uses incremental synchronization to ensure data in BigQuery always stays up-to-date without the need for manual intervention. This approach ensures seamless synchronization and timely accessibility of the latest information, helping you with accurate insights for decision-making.

Some of the features of Airbyte that make it a popular data integration tool include:

  • Extensive Source and Destination Connectors: With an increasing library of 350 pre-built connectors, Airbyte allows you to effortlessly connect with a wide array of sources and destinations. 
  • Incremental Synchronization: Incremental synchronization ensures that only updated data that has changed since the last sync is replicated in the target warehouse. This approach helps you minimize the amount of data to be transferred and reduces the time as well as resources required for synchronization. Airbyte provides four different sync modes to cater to various data integration needs:
  • Full Refresh - Overwrite: This sync mode will overwrite all the information from Jira as well as other sources, overwriting existing BigQuery tables, regardless of prior synchronization.
  • Full Refresh - Append: This mode fetches the complete dataset from the source and appends it to the existing table, preserving existing records.
  • Incremental Sync - Append: This mode only appends new or modified records into the destination database. Existing records remain unchanged.
  • Incremental Sync - Append + Deduped: This mode appends new or modified records and eliminates duplicates, enhancing data integrity in the BigQuery table.

Now that you’ve understood what Airbyte is, let’s quickly jump into the process of replicating Jira into BigQuery, covering the essential prerequisites for seamless migration.

  • For Jira Source Connector: API Token, Domain, and Email.
  • For BigQuery Destination Connector: GCP project enabled in Google Cloud Console.

Step 1: Configure a Jira Source in Airbyte

  • Login to your Airbyte Cloud account. If you don’t have one, register here for free.
  • On the Airbyte dashboard, click on Sources.
  • Search for Jira in the Search connector box and select it.
  • On the Jira source connector page, enter the Source name, API Token, Domain name, and Email for your Jira account.
  • In the optional Projects field, specify the Jira project for which data replication is needed. If you want to migrate all projects in BigQuery, leave this field blank. In addition, provide a date in the Start date field to replicate the data from that specific date.
  • After filling in all the fields, click on Set up Source to begin the Jira source connection in Airbyte.

Step 2: Configure a BigQuery Destination in Airbyte 

  • Navigate back to the dashboard and select Destinations, which is present on the left-side pane.
  • Search for the BigQuery connector in the Search box. Once you locate it, click on that connector.
  • On the BigQuery destination connector page, provide a unique Destination name for the connector. In the Connection section, fill in your Google Cloud Project ID, Dataset location, Default Dataset ID, Location Method, Service Account Key JSON, GCS Bucket Name, and GCS Bucket Path.
  • Once you enter all the mandatory details, click on Set up destination. Now, Airbyte will begin to test your BigQuery connection.

For a thorough understanding of the above Airbyte connectors, refer to the below-mentioned links:

Step 3: Create an Airbyte Connection 

  • Following a successful destination setup, click on Create a connection to establish a connection between Jira and BigQuery within Airbyte. Select the Jira and BigQuery connection that you’ve recently created.
  • Fill in the Connection name and Set up the Replication frequency as per your requirement. Select the Schedule type as Scheduled, Manual, or Cron. Configure other necessary settings, such as Destination Namespace, Destination Stream Prefix, and Detect and propagate schema changes
  • Once you have provided all the details, click on Set up connection to begin the transfer process. This will successfully sync your data from Jira to BigQuery.

Manually Migrate Data from Jira to BigQuery

You must first extract the Jira data into a file format that is compatible with BigQuery. This can be done using Jira API or directly using the Jira web interface. But before, ensure you have:

  • Enabled BigQuery in your Google Cloud Console.
  • Dataset ready in the BigQuery project.

Step 1: Extracting Data from Jira 

Using CSV: You can export work logs, user data, issues, and more from your Jira account in PDF, CSV, XML, Excel, or Word format. Amongst these, CSV is the preferable choice as it is lightweight and compatible with BigQuery. All you need to do is select the type of data you want to import, add additional filters if required, locate the Export option, select the file format as CSV, and download the data to your local machine.

Using Jira API: Alternatively, using Jira Rest API is a programmatic approach to extract data from your Jira account. This approach offers more flexibility and customization than CSV files, allowing for tailored data retrieval. 

Initiate the process by generating an API token within your Jira account to ensure secure authentication. Identify the specific API endpoints to extract specific data from Jira. For instance, you can use the GET method to extract relevant data from your Jira account. The Jira Rest API responds in the JSON format. BigQuery is compatible with CSV and JSON file formats. If you proceed with JSON, ensure that you clean it in an acceptable form in BigQuery. Otherwise, you can also convert the JSON format to CSV for simplicity.

Step 2: Cleaning and Preparing Jira Data for BigQuery 

Regardless of the method chosen, you must perform data cleaning on CSV file data in order to ensure it aligns well with the BigQuery tables. Make sure the column name and fields are appropriately set, data types are compatible with BigQuery, missing or null values are handled properly, and any special characters are addressed correctly.

This will ensure data integrity as well as consistency during the migration process. 

Step 3: Uploading Jira Data to BigQuery 

Upon data transformation, you can follow the CSV to BigQuery guide to swiftly copy data from your Jira account into BigQuery.

Limitations of the Manual Method

The manual method of Jira—BigQuery data migration is recommended for occasional backups or small-sized datasets as it comes with several limitations:

  • Latency: When relying on CSV exports, the manual method introduces latency. Each CSV file requires a separate ETL process to upload data in BigQuery, potentially leading to delays in data updates. On the other hand, using Jira API demands programming skills and can be time-consuming for developing, testing, and executing scripts. This can restrict you from achieving real-time analytics and making timely decisions.
  • Maintenance: If you choose any of the manual approaches, you would need to continuously monitor the ETL execution process. For API Over time, the script may demand modifications or updates to accommodate changes in Jira.

Summing it Up

Migrating data from Jira to BigQuery offers several advantages in the evolving data-driven landscape. 

The article outlines two approaches to connect Jira to BigQuery. While both methods have their specific use case, they come with a set of limitations. While the manual method may suffice for specific scenarios, you must find a reliable and automated solution for your extensive or dynamic data requirements.

In contrast, the latter method uses a data integration tool—Airbyte, that automates the entire ETL process, eliminating manual intervention at each step. 

Airbyte offers a range of features, including extensive connectors, incremental sync, and CDC techniques, which will not only save you time and resources but also streamline downstream activities. This approach will elevate your analysis journey and help you make strategic decisions based on data in BigQuery.

Whether you need to consolidate data from Jira with multiple data sources or optimize your analytical capabilities, Airbyte offers a robust solution to meet your data integration needs. Register Airbyte Cloud today and create your first pipeline. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What data can you extract from Jira?

Jira's API provides access to a wide range of data related to project management and issue tracking. The following are the categories of data that can be accessed through Jira's API:  

1. Issues: This includes all the information related to the issues such as issue type, status, priority, description, comments, attachments, and more.  

2. Projects: This includes information about the projects such as project name, description, project lead, and more.  

3. Users: This includes information about the users such as user name, email address, and more.  

4. Workflows: This includes information about the workflows such as workflow name, workflow steps, and more.  

5. Custom fields: This includes information about the custom fields such as custom field name, type, and more.  

6. Dashboards: This includes information about the dashboards such as dashboard name, description, and more.  

7. Reports: This includes information about the reports such as report name, description, and more.  

8. Agile boards: This includes information about the agile boards such as board name, board type, and more.  

Overall, Jira's API provides access to a vast amount of data that can be used to improve project management and issue tracking.

What data can you transfer to BigQuery?

You can transfer a wide variety of data to BigQuery. This usually includes structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data like transaction records, log files, JSON data, CSV files, and more, allowing robust, scalable data integration and analysis.

What are top ETL tools to transfer data from Jira to BigQuery?

The most prominent ETL tools to transfer data from Jira to BigQuery include:

  • Airbyte
  • Fivetran
  • Stitch
  • Matillion
  • Talend Data Integration

These tools help in extracting data from Jira and various sources (APIs, databases, and more), transforming it efficiently, and loading it into BigQuery and other databases, data warehouses and data lakes, enhancing data management capabilities.