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How do open all links in a new tab automatically?

Hi, How does one set that all links in tickets ust open automatically in a new tab?

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Dario B
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Nov 07, 2019

Hello @Frédéric Bouhet ,

Welcome to the Atlassian Community!

Is this question for Jira Server or Cloud?

I am asking because:

  1. For Jira Cloud
    this feature is tracked as [JRACLOUD-9380] external links to open in new window and, as written in the latest status update:
    "Opening external links in new tabs is one of many improvements coming to Jira Cloud with the new Jira issue view"
  2. For Jira Server:
    1. According to [JRASERVER-9380] external links to open in new window  the feature has been implemented in Jira Server and Data Center version 8.4.0
    2. However, due to a bug this still does not work for links in custom fields. The bug is tracked as: [JRASERVER-70096] External links in custom fields of type URL don't open in new tabs


You may want to vote and set yourself as a watcher to one the above tickets (depending on whether you use Server or Cloud) so that you will be updated in case of any progress.

Please let me know if this helps. 



Unfortunately it looks like the "opening external links in new tabs" didn't end up making it to the new Jira issue view for cloud.

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When is this going to be added?  If I were to guess, it should probably take less than 3 years to implement...

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I do not understand how in OCT 2022 we still click Notification bell, and open a thread that you were notified on, and get taken away from the main page, all because you guys can't put in HTML that has been used since, what? the 80's??

my god man it's   target="_blank"

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Now over 2 years later and Jira STILL is not set to append "target=_blank" to their link html code in the system. It is less than a full line of code to improve the UX. When is this "update" ever going to happen?

Jira is a joke.

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It's 2021 and jira cloud still opens links in the same window / tab.

I think you're better off using a browser extension than waiting for atlassian to implement something.

I use New Domain in New Tab in Chrome, works fine.

While at it, I also can recommend Hide Empty Labels on JIRA Boards extension - works nice as well. 

Maybe there's smth for firefox as well, but me simp for google mate.

Not working for me in Ubuntu 20.04 Chrome 91

not working in Jira

This worked for me on Chrome today in JIra.

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Kristina Groeger
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This is a great workaround! Thanks for this. Works in Chrome.

Nice... but I wish Atlassian would fix this. How can we expect to ask all of our users to use a Chrome extension? 

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Kevin Lovely
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Jan 05, 2023

Hello, it is not possible. Happy 2023!

Decision: Based off our research, we will keep the existing default behaviour.

It should be a user choice, guys!

Not a hard-coded one-way operation.

An official update on this topic would be very much appreciated.

The linked cloud issue was marked as closed/won't do.

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With so many customers using JIRA, why is this basic functionality not available?

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Atlassian could reverse the recession with this simple update. I can't believe how much pain this causes me and can't even imagine what the collective loss in productivity must be worldwide. Fix this!

Wow, I can't believe my eyes! There is no solution for this yet?! When I click a link in Jira it doesn't open a new tab?! 


All links in the issue body and the comments should be opening in a new tab. This is standard practice UX in 2022

I think they are misunderstanding the assignment.  We don't want "external" links to another domain to open in a new tab.  I want all my issue, project and boards links on the site to open in a new tab by default.  Navigating in jira is so painful unless you remember to use the browser hotkeys or context menu's to get links in a new tab/window.  Of course bringing this up to them is like spitting in the wind i'm sure.

I would honestly would like both to have "target=_blank" appended to the html for all links in Jira. But, I will settle for just Jira links having that appended fo those open in a new tab. The Chrome plugin is great as a workaround if you use Chrome.

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X 1000.  All my Bell Aerts, and external links, should open in a new tab, by default, as I can actually work several tasks/tickets at a time, unlike Jira / atlassian

The team, or leader, CEO, holding this back, for years now, should be immediately terminated. It's 2023, as stated above, the simple addition of code to open ALL links in a new tab, is "standard practice in UX"

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here is solution for you. Auto open extern link on new tab. also work for stackoverflow

The above extension works perfectly as of today in chrome.

Life saver.

Basic missing feature in JIRA.

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Not working for me in Ubuntu 20.04 Chrome 91

Works, thanks!

Works fine!! :))) Why it isn't default may I ask....

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EJ James
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May 23, 2023

Cannot believe they haven't fixed this. Garbage tool, garbage company. No wonder everyone hates software 

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