Which Jira to GitHub Enterprise Integration Is Right for You?
Logos for github and jira, representing a Jira to GitHub Enterprise integration.
Jira’s GitHub Enterprise Integration vs. Unito’s Jira-GitHub Integration
Logos for github and jira, representing a Jira to GitHub Enterprise integration.

Jira’s GitHub Enterprise Integration vs. Unito’s Jira-GitHub Integration

Most developers have experience working with both Jira and GitHub Enterprise. Likewise, any workflow that relies on software development is likely to touch one or both of these platforms. For teams that use both, making sure development tasks go through both tools properly can be a major headache. Developers who work in GitHub Enterprise don’t want to jump into Jira. Team leads and product managers who use Jira don’t usually like sifting through pull requests to find the data they need. That’s where an integration between Jira and GitHub Enterprise comes in.

That’s why both Atlassian — the people behind Jira — and Unito offer an integration specifically catered to these workflows. Here’s a breakdown of both solutions so you can decide which one fits your use case best.

Jira’s native GitHub Enterprise integration

So what does Jira’s native integration for GitHub Enterprise give you? Notice the Development dropdown in the bottom-right corner of this Jira issue? That’s what you’ll see after connecting Jira with your GitHub Enterprise instance. With a single click, you can get more context for a Jira issue right from GitHub, like seeing when new commits come in, pull requests, branches, and more. You can also click through to get more detail out of GitHub, just in case the snapshot in the issue isn’t enough.

Think of this integration as an easy way to get a window into the work happening in GitHub without leaving Jira.

Why you should use Jira’s integration for GitHub Enterprise


The simplicity of this integration can be a great strength for teams that don’t need more than this for their workflows to work. Want better visibility into GitHub? This integration offers it. No extra steps, no bells, no whistles. This is one of those situations where, if the solution fits the need, it’s hard to argue for an alternative.

Designed for all teams

One of the issues you often see with built-in integrations is they can be a bit complicated to set up. This is especially true for tools used by more technical teams. It’s not uncommon to need to write a bit of code or click through a number of complicated menus. But with this integration, you won’t have to do that.

Home-court advantage

Who knows Jira’s platform better than the people at Atlassian? Because the integration is built by the same people who built the tool, you know it’s going to work the way you need it to.

When you should use Jira’s integration for GitHub Enterprise

This integration really shines when it empowers teams that want to be a bit more self-directed. Because Jira users can see what’s going on in Jira without leaving GitHub, they’re free to check in on progress their way, without needing to message someone for an update. Ultimately, this integration benefits workflows that need a window between the two tools, allowing for transparent information sharing.

Unito’s integration for Jira and GitHub Enterprise

When you connect your Jira projects with your GitHub Enterprise repos using a Unito workflow, you’re creating a two-way connection between issues in both tools. That means any changes made in one tool will be automatically updated in the other. Here’s every field Unito can sync between these tools:

A table showing the Jira and GitHub Enterprise fields Unito can sync

With this integration, you don’t need complicated code or commands. Just go through your work as usual and Unito will take care of the rest.

Why you should use this integration

Transparent communication

Keeping teams aligned is challenging for any organization. Add a major tool difference and speed bumps can turn into walls. Without an integration, trying to get collaborators in Jira to communicate with GitHub users is impossible without going through another channel, like someone’s email inbox or meeting calendar. That, or someone has to go into someone else’s tool. With Unito’s integration, crucial information can pass from tool to tool, giving you the full picture without leaving your environment. You don’t just get more context, you get all the context the person in the other tool has.

Full interaction

With Jira’s GitHub Enterprise integration, your Jira issues get some additional context from GitHub, but there’s not much your teams can do with it. That’s not the case with Unito.

When you sync Jira projects with GitHub Enterprise repos using Unito’s integration, you’re building relationships between each work item. That means changes made in one tool, to one issue, will directly affect the issue in the other tool. Change a due date in Jira and it’ll change in GitHub. Leave a comment and you’re communicating directly to people on both sides of the tool divide. Everyone can be an active contributor, no matter which tool they use.

Two-way collaboration

Jira’s integration is just about giving everyone more information. Unito’s integration is about turning the gap between Jira and GitHub into an opportunity for better collaboration.

Imagine if you could get information from both GitHub and Jira ahead of your sprint planning meetings with no extra work. Think about how much more powerful your roadmap would be if it wasn’t locked in Jira. You can capture priorities, updates, and more from both tools and give everyone access to them.

With Unito’s two-way workflows, every action and bit of information is transferred from Jira to GitHub and back again. Teams can work together without leaving their tool. Would you work remotely without Zoom or Google Meet? That’s the kind of need Unito is solving.

When you should use this integration

Because Unito’s Jira GitHub integration creates such a deep relationship between your Jira projects and your GitHub repos, it shines when you’re relying on it to empower cross-functional collaboration. Think of a project that could benefit from the contributions of multiple teams, even those scattered throughout Jira and GitHub. How much better could that project be if you could bring those teams together and you didn’t need a meeting to do it?

But Unito doesn’t only work for internal processes. You can also use it for agency and client work. This gives you the same kind of transparency you’d be used to internally, while maintaining informational security. Here’s how The Taproom, which builds custom development solutions for businesses on Shopify, uses Unito to do just that.

Which integration is right for you?

If you want better visibility into GitHub from Jira with a bit more interaction, then Atlassian’s integration is probably your best bet. But if you’re looking for a deeper integration, one that enables project-level visibility and two-way cross-team collaboration across Jira and GitHub, Unito is the best fit.

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