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How can I change workflow colors?

Iw ould like to change the colors of "Discovery" and "Delivery" labels so they standout more in column views. Can the colors be changed?



Hi Brian,

Jira uses the colours to identify the category of the status (boxes in your workflow), which it can be one of the following:

  1. To-Do (Gray)
  2. In Progress (Blue)
  3. Done (Done)

When a status is created in Jira, whether it is done manually or while creating a new workflow, the status will be associated to one of those 3 categories and get its colour to match it.

So, the short answer to your question is, you cannot change the colour of a status in a workflow without changing its category and those are the only 3 colours available.

I hope this helps.


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John Funk Community Leader Nov 29, 2022

Hi Brian,

You can't - These are standard Jira colors assigned to the Status Categories - Gray for To Do, Blue for In Progress, and Green for Done. 

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This is a question I had as well, or slightly different version of this. I'm aware colours are mapped to status categories. The feature request would be to be able to create new status categories. For example, I'd like a "Blocked" status (and category).

So the question to the JPD product team, is this a known request, or can it be added to the list to create more complex workflows?

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John Funk Community Leader Nov 29, 2022

There is a team currently working on standardizing and improving workflows across the Jira family. It would be them that would need to consider it. 

Hi, surely not posting in the right place but yes I would really enjoy so much a red category for alerting on issues or final error statuses liked blocked, stopped, refused, rejected, won't do... Currently, we set them then in green but quite confusing. Thx

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Hi all - it's not possible to change these colours, the status field is shared all across Jira so we don't want to confuse everyone with having Jira Product Discovery specific things in there. 

However, in your case @Brian Channell I wonder if you should keep using the "status" field (your workflow seems pretty simple) and instead create a separate "Select" field - for which you can easily control all this. 

Since the field is fixed, I like your suggestion as the workaround. Thank you.


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