Epic Name vs Epic Link

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The purpose of this article is to clarify the function of the JIRA Software created custom fields, Epic Name and Epic Link.

The Epic Link custom field is a relational link to determine an issue's parent epic.  It is available to all issue types.  

When creating a new Epic, the Epic Name custom field is a short name field used to identify the Epic.  By default it is available only to Epic Issue Type.  It is intended to be used to label any issues that that belong to the Epic.

Starting in JIRA Agile 6.2.2 or in any version of JIRA Software, if you add the Epic Link field as a column in your JIRA Issue Navigator, it will display the actual name of the epic (Epic Name) rather than the issue key of the epic.


In Conclusion:

 

  • EPIC NAME is shown only for issues with issue type EPIC
  • EPIC NAME should not be shown on other issue type
  • Issues with regular issue type(other than epic) will only have EPIC LINK shown


 For further details please see Configuring projects and Working with epics.


DescriptionThe purpose of this article is to clarify the function of the JIRA Software created custom fields, Epic Name and Epic Link.


Last modified on Jan 4, 2019

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