Documentation for JIRA 4.3. Documentation for other versions of JIRA is available too.

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By default, it is not possible to edit an issue while in the "Closed" state. If you would like to allow editing of closed issues, this can be done by editing the workflow (see Configuring Workflow), and removing the jira.issue.editable flag from the Closed step. The steps are as follows:

  1. Find the active workflow that applies to the issues you wish change. This is most easily done by going to the 'Workflow Schemes' admin page, then clicking on the Workflow link in the row applying to the issues' project and issue type.
  2. It is not possible to edit an active workflow, so you will need to either make a copy (if using the default jira system workflow) or draft of the workflow, and edit that.
  3. On the View Workflow Steps page, in the 'Closed' step's row, click 'View Properties'.
  4. You should see a jira.issue.editable property with value false. Delete it, or set the value to true.
  5. Publish your draft workflow, or if editing a copy, activate the workflow by creating a new workflow scheme associated with the edited workflow, and then associating it with your project.


You can use the jira.issue.editable flag to enable/disable editing of issues at any step (not just the 'Closed' step).

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