Attaching files and screenshots to issues

To share information with your team, you can attach documents, images, and screenshots to your Jira application issues. 

Multiple files can be attached to an issue. Click an image thumbnail to open a preview, and if there is more than one image in the gallery, navigate to the next image preview by clicking the right arrow in the preview.

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Before you begin

A Jira administrator must enable specific user permissions so that you can add attachments and screenshots to issues. The most common permissions are described below. For more info, your administrator should take a look at Configuring file attachments.

Jira administrator set permissions
  • You can attach files and screenshots if your Jira administrator has file attachments enabled. 
  • You need the Create Attachments permission in the appropriate projects. 
  • The screenshot feature only works with Windows or Mac client. If you use another operating system, you can attach a screenshot using the file attachment feature. For Linux users, please see our article for enabling this feature.
  • If your Jira admin has disabled thumbnails in Jira's attachment settings, the image files will appear as a list.
  • If your Jira admin has disabled ZIP support in Jira's attachment settings, the attachments feature will not be available. You must download the zip file to your computer before accessing its individual files. 
  • To remove attachments from an issue, you need one of the following the project permissions in that issue's project:
    • Delete Own Attachments — to delete files that you have added to the issue.
    • Delete All Attachments — to delete files that anyone has added to the issue.

Adding attachments

To add an attachment when you first create an issue, copy a file from your computer and paste it directly in the Create Issue dialog. To add attachments to an existing issue, open the issue and follow these steps: 

  1. Click more (


    ) > Attach files
  2. Add a file(s)
  3. Click Attach or Open

You can also drag and drop files onto an issue to attach them.

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To attach files, create subtasks, and link issues in the new issue view, use the quick-add buttons below the issue summary.

  1. Quick add buttons: Add attachments, create subtasks, and link issues.

Some considerations for attached files:

  • File formats: GIFs, JPGs, PNGs
  • File names can't contain any of these characters: '\', '/','\"', '%', ':', '$', '?', '*'.
  • By default, the maximum size of any one file is 10MB, but your Jira admin can change this limit.

Sorting and managing attachments

The attachments section of the issue displays a list of options to sort, manage, and download  attachments. Select the down-arrow to the right of the attachments section to open the menu. You can reorder the attachments according to a selected criteria. This criteria will be applied to all issues in your project. To remove attachments from the issue, select Manage Attachments or hover over the attachment and select .

The selected criteria will be lost once you log out.

Accessing ZIP file contents

You can view the contents of a zip file (including '.zip' or '.jar' file name extensions) in the attachments section. Click the down-arrow and select List. In list view, click the arrow icon in front of the zipped file's name to view and download its individual files. If a file is located within a subdirectory of the zipped file, the path to that file is indicated in the content of the zipped file. To download the entire zip file, click Download Zip.  

Capturing and attaching screenshots

You can capture a screenshot to the system clipboard and paste it directly into an issue.

  1. Capture a screenshot using your system keyboard shortcut
  2. Paste the image from your clipboard onto the issue using your system keyboard shortcut or right-click menu
    The Attach screenshot dialog will display.
  3. Enter a file name
  4. Select Upload
Last modified on Apr 20, 2018

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