Adding, editing, and deleting an issue type

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An issue represents an action that has to be done. That action can be a task, a bug, a feature request or any type of action your organization might need to work with. Issues are the core of the Jira applications since all the team collaboration happens around the work items and their organization.

As a Jira administrator, you can create new issue types to represent different pieces of work for your teams. Issue types live within an issue type scheme, which you can then associate with one or more projects. Learn more about issue types.

This page describes adding issue types to use in classic projects. If you're looking for information about next-gen project issue types, check out how to set up issue types in next-gen software projects or set up request types in next-gen service desks.

You must be a Jira administrator with the Administer Jira permissions to add, edit, or delete issue types in classic projects. Learn more about global permissions.

Add a new issue type

  1. Select the Jira icon (, or ) > Jira settings > Issues.
  2. Click Issue types Add issue type.
  3. Enter a name and description for your new issue type.

  4. Choose between a standard or sub-task issue type. Sub-tasks can be used for smaller pieces of work that are associated with a standard issue.

  5. Click Add.

Your new issue type will be added to the default issue type scheme. You can configure this and any other issue type schemes to group your issue types and associate them with one or more projects. Learn more about issue type schemes.

Edit an issue type

  1. Select the Jira icon (, or ) > Jira settings > Issues.
  2. Click Issue types.
  3. Find the relevant issue type and click Edit.
  4. Edit the issue type name, description, or avatar, and click Update.

Translate an issue type

  1. Select the Jira icon (, or ) > Jira settings > Issues.
  2. Click Issue types.
  3. Find the relevant issue type and click Translate.
  4. Select one of the installed language packs and click View
  5. Enter translations for each issue type name and description (which will override any existing translations, if any, in that language pack) and click Update.

Delete an issue type

Before deleting an issue type, we recommend searching for all issues of that type and bulk editing them to select another existing issue type. You can then delete the original issue type without affecting existing work.

  1. Select the Jira icon (, or ) > Jira settings > Issues.
  2. Click Issue types.
  3. Find the relevant issue type and click Delete.
Last modified on Aug 22, 2019

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