How to bulk change issues in JIRA

Oscar de la Hera Gomez
A flower that represents JIRA with the text "Bulk Change," beneath it.

A step by step walkthrough on editing multiple tickets (issues) in JIRA.

In JIRA, on the navigation bar at the top there is a button called "Filter". Press it and it will open a modal. Within this modal press "Advanced Issues Search" and move onto the next step.

Select Filters from the navigation bar.

In the modal that appears, select Advanced issue search.

Step Two: Filter Projects

On the Advanced Issues Search screen, you will find a button labelled "All Projects." Select it and it will open up a modal with all your projects. Within this modal select the project or projects that you wish to bulk edit tickets for.

Select the project or projects that you wish to bulk edit tickets (issues) for.

Step Three: Select Bulk Change all Issue(s)

On the Advanced Issues Search screen, on the top right there is a button with three dots. Press it and it will open up a modal. At the top of this modal there will be a modal titled "Bulk change # issue(s)" where # is the number of tickets in that project. Press this button and move to the next step.

Press the ⚈ ⚈ ⚈ button on the top right.

A modal will appear, select Bulk change all # issue(s), where # is the number of issues available to your project.

Step Four: Choose issues

The first page of the Bulk Operation flow is the "Choose Issues" screen. This will list out all your tickets, with checkmark inputs to the left of each issue. Select the issues you wish to change by checking off the checkmark input and once you are ready, press "Next" at the bottom of the page.

Select the issues you wish to bulk edit by pressing the checkmark field to the left of the issue key.

Once you have selected the issues, press Next.

Step Five: Choose Operation

The second step of the Bulk operation flow is to select the action that you wish to apply. These are listed below this image. Select the operation that you wish to carry out for the issues selected in the previous step and once you're ready, press next.

Select the operation that you wish to apply to your tickets. The available options are:

  • Edit issues
  • Move issues
  • Transition issues
  • Delete issues (requires permissions)
  • Watch issues
  • Stop watching issues

Step Six: Operation Details

The third step of the Bulk Operation flow is to change the details that you wish to apply to each ticket. Make the changes that you wish to apply and move on to the next step.

The following example is for editing issues. Set the details that you wish to bulk change to the tickets you selected in Step Four.

Step Seven: Press Next

The next button to move on from the operation details page is found at the bottom of the page on the left.

Once you have made all the changes you wish to apply, scroll to the bottom of the page and press Next.

Step Eight: Confirm

The final step of the Bulk Operations flow is to confirm that changes that you wish to apply to the issues that you selected within the flow. This page lists the changes at the top with the issues to whom the changes will be applied below it. If everything looks good, press the "Confirm" button on the bottom left of the page.

The confirmation page will show you all the changes that you apply and to which fields.

If everything looks correct, press Confirm on the bottom left.

Step Nine: Acknowledge

A screenshot of the Bulk Operation process. Once complete a button labelled "Acknowledge" will appear at the bottom left of the progress bar.

The system will them process all the bulk edits. Once complete, you will have to press Acknowledge.

If you navigate to your board, you will see that all the changes have taken place.

A screenshot of the JIRA board demonstrating the bulk changes took effect.

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