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Difference between Components Vs Labels with example




Am learning Jira. So trying to understand the difference between components vs labels. While reading the sites it is actually confusing me, Can someone explain me with examples.


Also is it Product owner or scrummaster who can create these labels, components? 

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Mayur Jadhav
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Feb 14, 2023

Hello @Vineela AK

Here is the detail answer.


  • Jira issues are divided up into more manageable functional portions by Jira Components, which are divisions of a Jira project. Jira gains structure from components since they make it simple to partition a project into teams, modules, functionalities, and subprojects.
  • Project and Jira administrators develop components in Jira at the project level. Issues can be categorized and allocated to one or more components.
  • Jira Components can be used in software development, for instance, to describe elements of an app like "security," "database," "UI," or "API." However, several marketing channels like "Website," "Videos," "Partner," or "Blog" can also be employed simply. As a result, Jira Components provide advanced structure options for a wide range of project kinds.




  • Using Jira Labels is an additional organizational strategy. Using keywords that any user can provide in a Jira issue's free text box, they are used to classify and categories Jira issues. However, this is only effective if the issue's related text field is turned on. Spaces cannot be entered in the text field.
  • Jira Labels are independent of projects, as opposed to Components. Accordingly, a Label made for a development project may equally be applied to a marketing effort. What first appears to be a pure advantage may actually be a drawback. Because if done this manner, labels from other projects can inadvertently be chosen and have a different meaning.

When to use Labels versus Components in Jira relies on the needs and working methods unique to your firm in each scenario.

Labels can be used worldwide, while Components work better for grouping within projects. Consistency and user friendliness are ensured when an admin sets the component. Additionally, it makes sure that the team consistently groups the tasks that make up a project.

Jira Labels' adaptability and uniqueness are advantageous for personal reporting, but they are also a drawback. This is because inserting a Label's name has a significant chance of resulting in a typing error, making Labels less trustworthy than Components in this situation.

Therefore, labels are only partially useful at the project level, but they are an enormous added value for individual users.



I hope this information is helpful.



Hi - this was a helpful answer as I had the same question. But if I frame it in a different way, can you advise how you'd tackle this? 

We are an IT team and want to be able to categorise by specific Directorates so as to help with reporting as much as anything else, so when a project is added, would also want to add which Directorate the project sits in (People, Communities, Corporate).

In such as instance would Components or Labels be better to use? 

Grateful for any guidance

Mayur Jadhav
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Sep 15, 2023

@Fahim Ahmed  Well Components will be the best in this scenario. Because we can't control on label as user might be add mis spelled or typo and it will create new label which will be difficult to manage.

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