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Cloning Epic, select to include child issues, but the child issues don't clone, only the Epic does

Hi Atlassian Community


I am having a problem when trying to clone an Epic and all it's child issues.


What I am doing to clone:

  1. View the Epic
  2. Select 3 dots - select Clone
  3. Pop-up box has a tick box to include child issues - tick
  4. Click Clone
  5. View Cloned Epic and there are no child issues attached!

I have attached some pictures below as an example.


Can someone please explain why the issues under the Epic aren't cloning over and how I can fix this?


Thanks in advance!



Pic 1: The Epic I am cloning with the 'Include child issues' check box selected.

Include Child Issues.PNG

Pic 2: The cloned Epic showing no cloned issues.

No child issues.PNG

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Hi Community, I am not sure how to pump this issue up the chain so I am commenting instead. 

I have the same issue with clone epics with child issues. While I appreciate there is an external app for that, it's an option within the program to do so. But it doesn't work.


Appreciate if the team will look over this. 

Hello everyone. I have just spent a few hours creating an epic template with its child template issues just to realize I am unable to clone parents with children. I am on JIRA Cloud and UI does not even offer me the option. Anyone have any update on this matter?

I confirm that I also have projects with the "Command driven" type. In projects with the "company management" type, everything works now.image.png

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I understand that most of you don't want to install a Marketplace app for this use case. However, if someone is urgently looking for a solution, I would like to refer to our Jira cloud app Deep Clone for Jira.

With our app you can clone epics and larger issue trees, including their child issues. 

Deep Clone is free for instances with up to 10 users. 

You can also try to clone epics using Jira Automation:

Or search for alternative solutions in the Atlassian Marketpalce:

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I have the same problem - I can't clone epic with its child issues.  When will this be fixed?


Does somebody knows if this is still a known issue? or if it is supposed to be working now?


Thanks!! 🙏 

Hi @Sophie Bailey 

You can use Clone Plus for Jira Cloud to clone an epic, its issues, and their subtasks with estimates also. 

I'm the product manager for the app. If you have questions or feedback about Clone Plus for Jira, please get in touch with us directly.


Nishanth T

So it's a completely separate app that I need to do this if you're on the cloud?? 

Agree this is very annoying.  If Jira has a checkbox to include the child issues, why does it not work??

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It's been 4 months. I don't want to spend $50-100 a year for a third party to fix a broken checkbox.

I will contact support.

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Hey @Ted Walkerany response from the support? 

Ok, I see: this is another ticket nobody of Atlassian seems to care about. But anyway: I also want to clone an Epic with child issues and for me I don't even have a pop up box to select 'include childs'. My pop up just let me change the name.

same problem - no option to select child issues

same problem - I can't clone epic with its child issues. 

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