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Does deleting the project release the project key

We are taking could based JIRA in use at our company. Some of the earlier admins (already left) have been trying out things and create a projects with real project names and therefore crating also Project Keys with real content. Now this was found and brought to my attention. He was using real project name and Key and therefore we have a problem. He also tried out different project types with real names and project keys.

Now my problem is that I have one project having wrong project type. All our projects are Software - Company Managed but this problematic one is Software - Team-managed. We should now get actual project created and planned with correct project key.

I wanted to change Project Key, cannot do for some reason. Change the project type, cannot do as was explained to be difficult.

So my question is can I just delete project which is created wrongly and save the project key by that way. If we need to change the project key it would have major impact to company naming rules.


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Hey @Jari Romo and welcome to the community.

Deleting the project will free up the key. That's correct. :) 

Best, Max

Thank you I'll try.

The drafted project is not used and therefore we do not have any problem to delete it



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Mayur Jadhav Community Leader Jul 05, 2022

Hi @Jari Romo ,

Welcome to the Atlassian Community!!

If you delete the project permanently from the Jira cloud it will release the key and you can use it for future project creation.


Note: If you delete project permanently, it means it will be deleted completely,



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No, you won't be able to create a new project with a used key.

Jira keeps a record of keys in order to preserve the issue histories.

Connor Rising Star Jul 05, 2022

Is Atlassian's documentation incorrect then? From that page:

You won't be able to create a new project with the old project key. The old project key will only be available if you delete the project it was previously associated with.

Answers to this community question indicate Atlassian's documentation is correct, and the project key can be reused if the project is deleted.

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