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How to restore Epic Link to Issues?

I accidentally changed an Epic, which was linked in thousands of issues, to a Task. This un-linked all of the Issues. Yes, major face-palm, I know.

Is there any way to restore the Epic Link to all of the Issues that previously had them?

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Hi @Yair Spolter

I was able to reproduce the issue (obviously) but I don't really have good news. I couldn't find an easy way to restore the issues linked to that epic. However you can view the issues that were linked to the Epic in the history. Thus there's a way to figure our which issues were linked.

  1. Simply open the Epic (that was accidentally changed to a task)
  2. On the bottom of the issue open the History tab:
    Screenshot 2018-08-19 at 17.11.05.jpg
  3. I was able to copy and paste this list as a table out of the history. Pasted it into a Google sheet and converted it to a JQL function (using some Sheet formula magic). See the sheet here.
  4. You can then use the JQL function to query all of the previously linked issues and use the Bulk Edit feature in Jira to add them to the Epic again.

Hope this helps.



@Maarten Cautreels that was pure AWESOMENESS!

I can't thank you enough!

It was truly... Epic! (sorry, I could not resist).

@Yair Spolter Happy to help! :-)

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Hi Yair,

Just so we are looking in the right direction a few questions:

  • Are you on Jira Server or Cloud? 
  • I'm also assuming (from the Epic Link) that you're using Jira Software instead of just Core? (Do you have Kanban/Scrum boards available on your Jira?)
  • How/what did you change on the Epic?
  • What kind of link do you want to restore? The issues being linked to the Epic through the Epic Link field or another type of link (relates to, is blocked by, ...) to this Epic?

I'd love to help search for an easy restore solution but I'm afraid restoring a backup will most likely be the easiest way.



Thanks for your help Maarten.

We are on Jira server.

We do have Kanban etc.

I changed the "Type" from Epic to Task

I want to restore the the issues being linked to the Epic through the Epic Link field.

Restoring a backup means going back to a previous state (which affects ALL changeds made since)?

Thanks for the info and quick response. I'm going to try and reproduce this on my test instance to see if I can find an easy way to restore it.



Thank you. That would be great!

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