How to make Epic Link required on JIRA Software issue create screen

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This guide helps to configure the Epic Link as a required field on the Create Issue screen in JIRA, without having to unlock the custom field and tamper with default configuration for the field.


This alternative way to make the Epic Link field required when creating an issue in JIRA requires modifying the relevant project/issue type workflow, and configuring a 'fields required' validator to the Create Issue transition.

  • Edit the workflow for the relevant project in diagram mode
  • Select the 'Create Issue' transtion, and then under Options click on Validators.
  • From the list of Validators that pops up, select the 'Fields Required' validator, and then select the Epic Link field.

  • Save and publish your workflow.


  • One limitation of this method is that the Epic Link field is not highlighted as a required field (usually with a small red asterisk) on the screen like other required fields, until the customer tries to submit the new issue without providing any epic link. However a clear message stating that the Epic Link is required will be shown if the customer tries to create the issue without requiring it.

  • This would impact all issue types that share the same workflow, including sub-tasks. You could copy the workflow and assign the sub-tasks to the copied workflow, so the changes in the original workflow would not impact sub-tasks.

  • This would only affect Create Issue screen, so technically a user may be able to clear the Epic Link value from the Edit or other screens. You can control this by restricting the Edit Issues permission, and restricting what screens the Epic Link appears in.

  • This requires third party plugins such as JWME or JSU

Last modified on Aug 7, 2019

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