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How do I delete more than 100 thousand issues from a specific year at once?

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Apr 28, 2023

I can only delete 50 issues at once and manually

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By default, Jira will let you "bulk change" up to 1000 issues if you are using "Advanced Issue Search" screen.

If you find this too much time consuming then I suggest you to create an automation like this:


You can create this as a global automation that will search for every issue or project-specific automation if you don't have a premium product. This will also let you systematically delete issues using a JQL like "createddate <= -2y" in the scheduled trigger.

It will probably run into throttled status a few times until all issues are deleted if you have 100k issues.

Hi @rksanchez – Amelie from the Appfire team here. As @Deniz Tımartaş mentioned, Jira natively only lets you bulk-change a smaller number of issues.

In your case, you could try Jira CLI. Jira CLI would allow you to get an issue list, use JQL to only select certain issues by year, and then delete all those issues.

Here's more information about the getIssueList action I mentioned above!

Let me know if you need help.

Cheers, Amelie

Hello @rksanchez

the best way to handle that amount of issues would be to either use a Script or make a database statement.

You could try installing Scriptrunner and deleting the issue by script execution.


If you have any further questions feel free to ask them! 😊


Kind regards

Brian Trepto

Atlassian Consultant

STAGIL GmbH - Platinum Solution Partner 

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