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How can I bulk un-archive Jira issues.

We generate thousands of Jira issues each month.

We archive issues which are very old to reduce the size of the database/index and improve performance.

Occasionally, we want to un-archive >1,000 issues but currently I do not see any way to do this as a bulk operation (i.e. not individually). I can generate the list if issues to un-archive (export to CSV and select from there).

It seems that Atlassian may have not seen archiving the way customers will use it and left out bulk un-archiving from the functionality.

Does anyone have a method to bulk un-archive?

Alternatively, can you bulk update archived issues via CSV import? (Probably not but if you don't ask..., plus it might be a way out of this for jira-system-administrators).

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There is no bulk option for this, here a feature request you can vote for :


You can try to do it with the REST API

Create a JQL that find all archive issue you want to restore and create a loop to restore them with the API

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