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How to filter epics without stories by using JQL?

I want Epics which don't have any story attached.

2 answers

Hi Muskan,

Sadly you cannot achieve the desired search using standard features on Jira, you must go for a third-party app instead. Using i.e. JQL Booster Pack you can type the following:


Search all Epics without Stories

type = Epic and issue NOT IN epicsOf('"Epic Link" IS NOT EMPTY')


Using this app you can also query other issues relations, check:




Hope this helps you to create awesome queries <3

Kind regards

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Hi @Muskan Shaikh 

project = PROJECT and issuetype = Epic and issueFunction not in hasLinkType("Epic-Story Link")


project = X and issuetype = Epic and issueFunction not in epicsOf("project = X")

issuefunction is something that might be available with scriptrunner plugin and you might need a scriptrunner plugin to achieve this

it shows like: Field 'issueFunction' does not exist or you do not have permission to view it.

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Ganesh Babu Community Leader Jan 27, 2020

Yea issueFunction is available only with scriptrunner plugin.

so you might need that in order to achieve this.

I am not sure how to search with plain jira

This worked perfect, thank you!!


 issuetype = Epic and issueFunction not in epicsOf("project = X") 

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Ganesh Babu Community Leader Jul 09, 2020

Hi @Shaun Rucker 


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