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titleNew License Terms for Version 6.x

The license and price model has changed starting 2016-10-17 together with the launch of version 6.0. See the FAQ section for more details.

The primary change is the unbundling of the CLI Connector add-on from from the Run CLI Actions add-on both from a deliverable perspective and from a license perspective. A separate license will now be required for each add-on needed.

Pre-existing Run CLI Actions license holders have grandfathered entitlement to use clients without a CLI Connector license through the end of their existing maintenance period and discounted CLI Connector licensing when they need to renew. More details will be available on this later.


Atlassian CLI Family of Tools describes the products that make up the Atlassian CLI (ACLI) family. This pages describes the licensing requirements and dependencies for using the products.


The Atlassian Command Line Interface (CLI) family of products are licensed commercially under the Bob Swift Atlassian Add-ons EULA.

  • Use requires the purchase or subscription of at least one of the products listed on Atlassian CLI Family of Tools
  • Customers should select the product or products that match their needs
  • At least one product must be purchased for each Atlassian server instance they need to connect to


Frequently asked questions regarding licensing and purchasing CLI products. If you have additional questions, click on the Questions link in the page header (sign in required - see Help).

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Why has the licensing changed starting 2016-10-17 with version 6?We continue on a path to simplify licensing and packaging options. With this change, we are making a clearer distinction between products. This provides customers the ability to install and purchase only the products they intend to use. Specifically, we are unbundling the CLI Connector support for clients from the Run CLI Actions add-ons. This ensures that Run CLI Actions customers do not have to pay for client capabilities they do not want.
What does an existing Run CLI Actions add-on customer need to do to remain properly licensed?

Nothing if they do not use clients and only use the integrated support as part of their Atlassian product. Renew your license as normal when maintenance has expired.

If you want to use clients as well as the integrated capabilities, then a additional CLI license will be eventually be needed for the CLI Connector when you want to upgrade your clients to 6.1 or higher. You are entitled to a discounted license (determined on your maintenance expiry date) - contact us when that time comes.

Do clients still require a server add-on (CLI Connector) be installed?YesThis has not changed. The Connector server add-on provides license enforcement and, in some cases, extended remote interfaces not available from the base Atlassian product.
Can clients be purchased separately?No. This has not changed. They are available for no-charge with the purchase of one or more of server or cloud add-ons. 
How can I evaluate the Atlassian CLI (ACLI) prior to purchase? 

Obtain a evaluation license for one of the server add-ons listed, install on server, and the download the ACLI client distribution. See CLI Client Installation and Use for more information.

Do I have to install the server add-on in order to use the ACLI?Yes
Can ACLI be used to access a server that does not have the Connector add-on installed?No for clients. Yes for other Run CLI Action products, however, some extended capabilities may not be available without the CLI Connector installed and licensed.
Can I continue to use a version of ACLI prior to version 6?Yes. Versions prior to 6.0 can be used under the terms in affect at that time. Links are available in the Related Information section.
Do I need to purchase both the the CLI and Run CLI Action add-ons to use both the client and the product specific functions?Yes. This has changed for 6.0. The server specific CLI (Connector) add-on and Run CLI Action add-on are independent starting with 6.0.
Do I have to use the ACLI distribution if I only need JIRA access?Yes. Starting with 6.0, we are only providing a single ACLI distribution that includes all product specific clients. With the addition of more CLI clients like Service Desk Command Line Interface and UPMCLI and the fact that many Atlassian customers have more than one Atlassian client, this is a simplification for everyone.
If I am an official Atlassian Partner or Expert, can I get a special rate?Yes. Atlassian recognized partners and members of the Atlassian Experts program can use the ACLI free of charge for development, testing, or demonstration purposes. A purchased license is required when used to support hosted customers or other customer focused use. See Add-ons for Atlassian Experts for more details.
Is ACLI available for Atlassian Cloud?Yes. Purchase or trial a subscription corresponding to your product and user level for either JIRA, Service Desk, or Confluence Cloud. HipChat Cloud is also supported by the ACLI client and is currently available for a limited time at no charge.
Do I need a license for a Atlassian server licensed as a developer/test system?

No for all servers except Crucible/FishEye.

  1. Any Atlassian paid add-on automatically provides a developer license associated with your production license. Go to, expand the add-on, and look for a link.
  2. We have purposefully allowed the CLI to work with developer licensed servers where the connector is installed but may not have a license. This is to make it easier for administrators and add-on developers.
  3. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide this same support for Crucible/FishEye at this time due to limitations in determining a developer licensed server.
How many client users can I have?Unlimited. Any number of users can install clients and connect to a server. The requirement is that the server have the CLI Connector component installed and validly licensed.
Which server product should I choose?

Choose the product specific Command Line Interface (CLI Connector) if you want to use a client to connect to the Atlassian product.

Choose the product specific Run CLI Actions add-on for integrated capabilities like JIRA workflow actions, Confluence macros, Bamboo tasks, or similar integrated product capabilities available with the these add-ons.

Where do I find a CLI Connector on the Marketplace?

Each of the product specific Command Line Interface (CLI) Marketplace entries represent the CLI Connector (UPM installable). There is a single CLI Client (Windows, Linux, OSX installable) distribution that includes clients for all the specific products.

The following clients do not need a Connector:

Where do I find the CLI Client on the Marketplace?Atlassian Command Line Interface (CLI) provides a client distribution that contains all product specific clients. It is included at no charge with any of the CLI Connectors.

General License Information 

See Licenses.


  • The client distribution ships binaries with various licenses (BSD, LGPL, and Apache)
  • Look in the license directory for detailed license information

Related Information

Atlassian CLI Family of Tools

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