How can I specify underscores in JIRA labels?

JIRA replaces underscores with a space when creating a label("test_label" -> "test label")l? How can I create labels with underscores in them?

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Turnes out JIRA will accept labels with underscores but it is sometimes diplayed as a space depending on the browser used. It isn't possible to create labels with spaces in them.

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Gaston Valente Community Champion Mar 14, 2017

Hi, try this:

  1. Write the label with underscores, don't press enter
  2. select the option below at the autcomplete ( "LABEL" New Label )

worked for me, hope it helps


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Hmm, I did that and the underscore is still replaced with a space. I'm on v6.4.13 btw.

Gaston's suggestion will work on jira6 as well. Though this will appear that it is not having underscore 


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But the moment you click on update it will appear as

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Hi Alok,


you're right. When the field is written the underscores show up. Now my problem is I cant create labels with spaces in them since the underscores always show up.

Being able to get underscores into a label seems like a bug in what JIRA expects. So I wouldn't do it


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