How do I add a check box to the description area of a jira project?

ray.b February 10, 2020

I'm looking to add check box action items in the description of a JIRA Project ticket.

4 answers

1 vote
MattTYXM June 30, 2023

You can switch to the source view and add HTML

<ul style="list-style-type: none">
<li>
<label style="word-wrap:break-word" for="ac-1"><input style="vertical-align:middle" type="checkbox" id="ac-1" name="ac-1" />Acceptance Criteria 1</label>
</li>
<li>
<label style="word-wrap:break-word" for="ac-2"><input style="vertical-align:middle" type="checkbox" id="ac-2" name="ac-2" />Acceptance Criteria 2</label>
</li>
<li>
<label style="word-wrap:break-word" for="ac-3"><input style="vertical-align:middle" type="checkbox" id="ac-3" name="ac-3" />Acceptance Criteria 3</label>
</li>
<li>
<label style="word-wrap:break-word" for="ac-4"><input style="vertical-align:middle" type="checkbox" id="ac-4" name="ac-4" />Acceptance Criteria 4</label>
</li>
</ul>

 

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Avinash Bhagawati {Appfire}
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February 10, 2020

Hi @ray.b ,

By native functionality you will not be able to add check boxes in description field. However you can use Issue Checklist Pro or Smart Checklist  for Jira enterprise in order to define acceptance criteria ,To-do list for your software projects.

https://marketplace.atlassian.com/apps/1213231/issue-checklist-pro?hosting=cloud&tab=overview&_ga=2.235653633.1021060663.1581306926-1560727921.1571396603

https://marketplace.atlassian.com/apps/1216451/smart-checklist-for-jira-enterprise?hosting=cloud&tab=overview&_ga=2.159631421.1021060663.1581306926-1560727921.1571396603

Thanks,

Avinash

Jack Hunter _HeroCoders_
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February 10, 2020

Hi @ray.b 

If you don't want to pay, you can try Issue Checklist Free which is a free sibling of Issue Checklist Pro 🏆 . 

Cheers,
Jack

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ColinB June 2, 2020

Hi Jack,

What with economies suffering due to the global pandemic, everyone's fighting for money they hope to get in the next financial year. So getting any add-ons is a big ask. Is there any chance Issue Checklist Free could be adapted for Server as well as cloud?

Warm regards

Colin

Jack Hunter _HeroCoders_
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June 2, 2020

Hi @ColinB,

We should be able to answer that question in 2-3 months.

Cheers,
Jack 

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Mark Haller July 30, 2020

I've got exactly the same question here, @ColinB :-)  I'm on server and would love to try this out on Server as trial, then free.  If it's working, I'd very likely pay anyway after that.

Could 2-3 months be switched to "days" at all? :-)  @Jack Hunter _HeroCoders_ 

Sebastian Brudziński
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July 30, 2020

@Mark Hallerthere are existing checklists apps available for server already. You can trial them for free for up to 6 months - that should be long enough for everyone to make a decision :)

You can take a look at our Multiple Checklists for Jira or other checklists available on server.

Best,
Sebastian

Christopher Lindsey October 6, 2020

@Jack Hunter _HeroCoders_ Do you know anything new about adopting Issue Checklist Free for the Server version of Jira?

Thanks,


Chris

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Jack Hunter _HeroCoders_
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October 8, 2020

We probably need another ~2 months to make a decision.

Jack Hunter _HeroCoders_
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November 2, 2020

Hi, 

Since Atlassian announced the end of life for the Server offering, we won't work on the Server version. 

However, it is still to be decided about the Data Center. 

Cheers,
Jack

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Lucy Gwilliam June 12, 2023

If you haven't already, you can vote for the feature here: https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/JRASERVER-47605 

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Joe Pitt
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February 10, 2020

If you're a JIRA admin you can add a custom checkbox field to the ticket type. 

ray.b February 10, 2020

Can you please provide steps to doing this?

Joe Pitt
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February 10, 2020
Mark Haller July 30, 2020

The problem with this it the checkbox items are saved with the field when it's created.

So if you've got a ticket that a developer is populating with a list of actions to be done, which are unique to that ticket, you can't do it.

e.g. https://i.imgur.com/DyILW7n.png

That's what I want to do!  It seems so simple.  Extend the rich text field type to allow checkbox as a formatting option - just like in Confluence page editing, you can just slap a checkbox in anywhere.

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Matt Jonas August 27, 2020

@Mark Haller Agreed. This has been around in GitHub for ages. It's mind-boggling that Atlassian hasn't implemented this yet.

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Deleted user October 5, 2022

Agreed. The issue description field claims to support markdown, yet the valid markdown checkbox syntax is not available in Jira.

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george January 18, 2023

Agreed - Atlassian has already cross-pollinated so much between Jira and Confluence, please do checkboxes as well!

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TomR April 11, 2023

also Trello, another Atlassian product, has reusable checkbox lists that can be inserted in the tasks description field....

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Rocha, Felipe June 30, 2023

It is just too easy right?

Marc Isikoff November 7, 2023

I'm trying to just have a checkmark in front of an SLA met smart value so in a gadget where some rows will show SLA time left, SLA Met because it's not a time value, but just a text statement could use a good old fashioned check mark in front.

However, like many large companies, we use Server version in our own cloud and our expectations that Atlassian will support this are close to nil (which is the same chance we will move to Atlassian's cloud).

John Soukup February 22, 2024

I was surprised to discover that this feature actually exists in Jira Cloud already, but it's only on "Jira Product Discovery" project type.  We are so close!!!

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