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How do I add an existing story to an epic?


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Thomas B Community Leader Feb 21, 2017

Hey Jon,

Go to the story that you wish to add to the epic and follow these steps:

  1. Edit > Epic Link > Click the drop down and select the Epic Link that matches what you want
  2. If Epic Link is not showing on the Configured Fields, follow these steps:
    1. Edit > Configure Fields (top right) > Select Epic Link
    2. If Epic Link isn't shown, click "Where is my field?"
    3. Scroll down and find Epic Link
    4. Click on the blue hyperlink that says "....Screen configuration
    5. Login as Admin
    6. Select the Epic Link Field and repeat step 1

I hope you find this helpful!



This no longer works is JIRA Cloud, the Epic Link field is not displayed because it is blank, and there is no way to display the Epic Link field.

As of now it is possible: if you extend the Stories Details view (click "Show more") the "Epic link" field is visible and you can change it there.

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I'm on the "View Issue" screen and the Epic Link field isn't present when it is blank.
The Epic Link field is present when it isn't blank.

When I use "Where is my field?", it says: The field 'Epic Link' does not have value for issue XXXXX-##### and will not be displayed on the view issue page. Set value for that field so that it shows up.

I don't know what the Stories Details view is or how to find it.


I also can't edit a blank Epic Link from the List View after I search for issues.

I have to go find the individual Stories and add the Epic to each 😒

Am I the only one who finds it absurd that you can't add an issue to the Epic from the epic detail view? 

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no, there's also me!

Yep, same. Quite unimpressive.

same here - Need to mention: using "classic software project"

Goto the backlog view, open the epic bar side by side to the user story list, and then drag the stories to the EPIC to map it 

Like Gunaseelan Ramalingam likes this

[Kanban] You can also go to the Board > click on the Issue > you should be able to select/change epic on the top left corner

Like Caitlin Bathgate likes this

This is usually how I do it today. It's the most manageable way to retroactively populate an Epic.

The lack of functionality of adding issues to Epic via Epics window must have been known for a while for Atlassian, would be interesting to know what is their reasoning of not ever implementing this on classic Jira projects.

That's great, thanks.

In Jira Cloud, looks like this can only be done through Bulk Changes. 

Hi, thanks this worked for me too

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