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Adding checkboxes into issue description

Is there any way to add in dynamic checkbox elements into the description field of an issue?

Most of the issues we create are multi-faceted tasks which require many individual tasks/changes to be completed. While the formatting options allow us to make a list of these quite easily, those working on the issues currently are having to edit the description to append DONE or COMPLETED on the list items once they are finished.

It would save us a huge amount of time to have dynamic checkbox elements that would mark the completion of a certain item, and retain that status when viewed by other users, like the attached screenshot.


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No, this is not possible. You should use markups like "(x)" and "(/)". If you want more you must write your own plugin where you can put checkboxes via jQuery on comment field or what else.

(x) does this work?

(x) does this work?

(/) or this for that matter?

Like Stefanie.Ehemann likes this

Hey @Jasim Sajid, you may like to check out Smart Checklist plugin as well (available for Cloud, Server and Data Center).

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This doesn't work. Why it marked as accepted?

What do you mean by it doesn't work?

The questions was "Is there any way to add in dynamic checkbox elements into the description field of an issue?"

And the answer is "No" - so the answer is correct.

You can add (/) and (x) icons to mark status of tasks in description.

There is no other solution, except with plugins/applications - of which none existed back in 2013.

It also says "You should use markups like "(x)" and "(/)"." but adding (x) is not working - it stays as text, not converted to checkbox

Adding "(x)" when editing the "Description" field in "text" mode, or any other field of type text, which is the rendered with the Wiki style renderer, results in a rendered red cross.

No one wrote that it gets converted to a checkbox.

Edit description:


Rendered result:


Yes, that's what I was expecting, but this is what happening instead.


TK board - Agile Board - JIRA 2020-07-11 12-42-17.png

In our JIRA there is no Visual/Text switch. Not sure if it's outdated or if some features are disabled.

TK board - Agile Board - JIRA 2020-07-11 12-43-16.png

Looks like the cloud version, with the new editor. I don't like that crippled versions of Atlassian. ... for reasons.

But ithink you still can add icons via the emoji tool:



Yes, you right, through emoticons it worked!

Both the Table Grid Editor for Cloud as the Table Grid Editor for Server allow to configure this use case by 


  • Adding a column of checkbox type
  • Initialise the grid with the default tasks



Check for more information here 

Thanks for your answers. Creating multiple subtasks wouldnt be ideal in our use case, as there are usually 10-12 different items to be completed for each issue. Mathias, the (/) is a great solution for the interim, thanks. In the future this would be a fantastic feature for JIRA.

I was tring to use  :tick: tag but if do that with below, i lost my bullet


:tick: - _My task name_ *\[3d]*

- (/) _My task name_ *\[3d]*
  • tick My task name [3d]
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Not possible and since you're on OnDemand I guess you can't develope plugins. Just a question: WHY don't you use subtasks? I mean it sounds like you were breaking up a task into subtasks and that can easily be done in JIRA...


I don't know if this is still helpful, but we use the following:

In the description of the task, we enter:


{task:id=} (Name of Task 1) {task}

{task:id=} (Name of Task 2) {task}

{task:id=} (Name of Task 3) {task}


The Task ID is automatically assigned once you leave the field.

The checkboxes are clickable (see print Screen)





Marie, do you have a plugin installed that provides this functionality? This isn't standard out-of-the-box behavior for JIRA.

Any updates here?

We have a couple of Plug-Ins. But I do not know which one enables the display of these tasks.

@Marie Eckert - would love to know what plug-in enables this!

We ran into the same problem. Would be great to know about that plug-in!

wondering if there's any update on this functionality? thank you

We have modified the files for emoticons :plus: and :minus: and use it as chequed and unchequed:


These files are within the folder "Atlassian/JIRA/atlassian-jra/images/icons/emoticons/" in a windows server.

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