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Bulk change of issue link types

I need to change issue link type of multiple issues e.g. relates to => clones

How can i do this with a bulk change?

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Hi Roman.

I am not aware of a way of bulk changing issue links. Although there is an option that is similar. It is possible to link multiple issues to another issue at the same time. At the "normal" link window there is the possibility to search for issues.


There you get an option to make an advanced search using JQL. After searching with JQL you can select multiple issues to link. 


Then press "Add", and now you can link them all to the original issue. 

There is a limitation to this solution. You can only link 10 issues at a time, so a big bulk-operation can not be substituted. 

A workaround to the limitation is to run a filter from issue navigator, export all issue keys to Excel, paste the issue keys in a note, exchange the newlines with spaces or tabs and then paste it into the issue field on the link-view.


Hope this helps and good luck with your bulk-problem!

Like Gustav L'Estrade likes this

Great! This was very helpful ;)


What's that mean "normal link window"?

I can't find this one

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Ollie Guan Community Leader Oct 10, 2019

Hello @Roman Ledergerber ,

It seems that this feature is not supported yet. You can vote for it.

For recent Jira (writing this on 2021) Linked Issues a bit different (at least in our case we need to go through no. 1):

  1. You need to JQL for your own Jira Ticket (that wants to linked with multiple issue)
  2. Right-click the three-dots menu and choose Link
  3. It'll prompt you to search issue with simple or advanced search (JQL)
  4. Choose your desired issues
  5. Click Add


See below images for references:


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the "Link" option doesn't show for me (there's lots of options if you scroll the menu, but no "Link")




Right-click the three-dots menu and choose Link

Right-click opens up a chrome menu, i think you mean left-click

@Peter McIntyre make sure you're opening the menu on JIRA Issue Navigator rather than the Issue side bar 

Faced this scenario today in Jira Cloud, and solved it by using Jira automations

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