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Jira Cloud: How to restore deleted issue?

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Looking for a way to restore deleted issues in Jira? There are more than 120 requests on this topic here in the Atlassian community. No one wants to lose valuable records. So, let’s find out what you can do to get your issue back to the project. 

Is it possible to recover Jira deleted issues?

In Jira, you can delete an issue only if you have the appropriate project permissions. When an issue is deleted, it is removed from the database and can no longer be accessed or viewed. Any data associated with the issue, such as comments or attachments, will also be deleted and cannot be recovered. However, in some cases, deleted issues may contain essential details critical to the project or team's success. 

Possible workarounds 

  • Back up your projects. If you have backed up your project, create a new JIRA instance and restore the backup containing the issues. You need to export the issues to a CSV file and then import it into the production instance. Note that the issue history will not be retained. Find instructions here: Jira Cloud - Restore Issues & Site from Backup
  • Get the app from the Atlassian Marketplace and avoid losing your deleted tickets. For instance, you can try Issue History for Jira, which has a special option to recover your issues promptly. Try it free for 30 days

*Note that add-ons can only find and restore the issues deleted after app installation.

So, in any case, you need to consider your rescue plan beforehand and decide what works best for you.

How to restore deleted issue with Issue History for Jira

Issue History for Jira add-on has an option that works as recycle bin. Here you can find all issues that were deleted and get them back to the required project. 

After you install the app, you need to activate the storing process:

  1. Turn on the Keep deleted issues toggle. From that moment, every issue someone deletes will be stored. Store deleted issues Jira.png
  2. Open the Filter issues by drop-down menu and select Deleted issues. Here you will find a list of all deleted issues. deleted issues jira.png
  3. Press the Restore button. It appears after you hover the cursor over the issue.

One click – and the deleted Jira ticket is restored.



Restoring deleted issues in Jira is crucial to maintaining an accurate and complete record of project work, preventing data loss, and ensuring that teams have access to the information they need to succeed.

There are two ways to recover deleted issue/ticket in Jira:

  • From the backup
  • With the help of a plugin

Try to restore deleted issues with Issue History for Jira




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Anja Calhoun
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December 2, 2023

Thank you for sharing @Yuliia_Borivets__SaaSJet_ 

Am I able to recover back any Attachments that were attached to the issue?

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December 2, 2023

Hi @Anja Calhoun 

Thank you for your question. I should have added this to the article.

The attachment will not be recovered; you can only see its name. Our team tried what we could do about this, and we can only show the file name. It's a Jira issue as it does not store attachments after removal. 

It looks like this:

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Comments, links, and tables will be restored.

IABLE May 5, 2024

The absence of this function is hard to fathom in 2024.

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