Post Function - Deleting all Sub-Tasks of specific type


since it is not possible to set separate delete permissions for Sub-Tasks, I have to look into other solutions so I came upon this idea, but I am having hard time adjusting it to my needs since it's about deleting current Issue.

If nobody can help with deletion of specific Sub-Task issue type, delete all Sub-tasks via Post Function in the current ticket would already help a lot! Anyone has experience with it?



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Hi Rok

The code below will DELETE ALL the subtasks of the parent issue. All the sub tasks have issue type SubTask therefore you have to find another condition in order to specify which you want to delete. For more information about the issue deletion functions:

import com.atlassian.jira.component.ComponentAccessor
import com.atlassian.jira.event.type.EventDispatchOption
// for JIRA v6.*
def user = ComponentAccessor.getJiraAuthenticationContext().user.directoryUser
// for JIRA v7.*
// def user = ComponentAccessor.getJiraAuthenticationContext().user
def issueManager = ComponentAccessor.getIssueManager()
// will return a Collection<Issue> with all the subtasks of the current issue
def subTasksList = issue.getSubTaskObjects()
for (subTask in subTasksList) {
	// add a condition here if you DO NOT want to delete all the sub-tasks
	issueManager.deleteIssue(user, subTask, EventDispatchOption.ISSUE_DELETED, false)

Hope that script gives you an idea

Kind regards,


Hi Rok, Which version of JIRA ?

I used the code for removing subtasks (same like, but I have the problem, that my Index isn't correct after deleting subtasks.


If I search for the Issue-Title (Summary), there is still an invalid result in the search-result.

So I have to start a manual Background reindex to get correct results.


Any Ideas?

We have the same problem, using the following code to delete all subtasks of an issue:

Issue currentIssue = issue as Issue
Collection<Issue> currentIssueSubTasks = currentIssue.getSubTaskObjects()
if (currentIssueSubTasks) {
    ApplicationUser currentApplicationUser = ComponentAccessor.getJiraAuthenticationContext().getUser()
    User currentUser = ApplicationUsers.toDirectoryUser(currentApplicationUser)
    IssueService issueService = ComponentAccessor.getIssueService()
    for (currentIssueSubTask in currentIssueSubTasks) {
        DeleteValidationResult deleteValidationResult = issueService.validateDelete(currentUser, currentIssueSubTask.getId())
        if (deleteValidationResult.isValid()) {
            issueService.delete(currentUser, deleteValidationResult)
        } else {

SOMETIMES, the deleted subtasks are still visible on the agile boards and if you click on them you get a popup stating that "Error   Issue Does Not Exist"...

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