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How can I display empty custom fields


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I'm afraid you can't.  JIRA hides empty fields on the issue view to avoid (even more) clutter on screen.

To change it, you have to hack JIRA's core code.

Hi @Gavin Jolley and @Gavin Jolley ,

you are right. Its hardcoded and you are not able to change this by some strange setting. But you should checkout IssueLayout

You can add a alternative Details panel, which allows you to configure to display empty custom fields. Also you can remove status, resultion etc. And it displays all fields such as User Picker.

But the problem still exists if you are in view or edit screen of an issue and delete the complete value and safe. Then the field is hidden.

We use a Group-Picker, but if you want to change the value and it is empy the field ist going away ^^.

Go Custom Fields -> Configure Custom Field: XX -> Default Configuration Scheme for XX -> Default Value -> Add two spaces here" then click set default. That should do the trick

I tried this but it's not working for me.

Worked for me, quick work around. Thanks

Yup.  Works in JIRA Cloud.  Nice!

This didn't work on JIRA server 7.2.3.

didn't work for me on a user picker custom field

This is a great and simple solution!  For other users reference, this only applied to issues created post-update.

I think two Spaces will work for text field only.


How to display an empty date field ?

See above.

Yes this very well works for Text field.

But I want to know if I can display an empty date-picker field. In Edit default value, I cannot add empty space Validation error is displayed. 

It works visually, but the field is not empty anymore (ie it contains two spaces). If you query for  issues with that field being empty, that would not appear

Can somebody pls share screenshots 

Screenshots of what? Spaces? They look like this:  


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Only way I had it work for a checklist field was to do it reverse style, i.e. have them all checked by default and uncheck them as I finish each item.

That's what I've been trying to achieve. I don't think I could live with your workaround :(

Fully agree with Nic

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