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How to clone the whole Epic and child issues included in the Epic

Hi Team,


How to clone the whole Epic and child issues included in the Epic?

Curently I‘’m using the free version of Jira, so I would like to know that do we have this function? How to use it?

Much apperaciate if you can help with this questions, thanks.


Best regards,


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John M Funk Community Leader Nov 26, 2021

Hi Lin - Welcome to the Atlassian Community!

We use an add-on called Deep Clone that will clone the Epic and all of the children. Otherwise out of the box Jira will not provide that. 

Thanks John. Is that possible to get more guidance on the function?

Hi @Lin Zhang,

I am Marlene from codefortynine and the product manager of Deep Clone for Jira

As @John M Funk mentioned, it is possible to clone Epics and child issues included in the Epic.

After you've installed Deep Clone you would just have to

  • Navigate to the Epic you want to clone
  • Select Deep Clone > Epic Clone from the issue action menu
  • Configure your clone



Deep Clone is easy to use and designed for every Jira user. 

You can read more about the Deep Clone Epic Clone in our documentation, or watch the Epic Clone demo video.

Feel free to reach out to our support, if you have further questions or feedback.

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John M Funk Community Leader Dec 06, 2021

Hi @Lin Zhang  - Any update here? If this answered your question, can you click on the Accept Answer button above to close this one out? Thanks!

@Marlene Kegel - codefortynine @John M Funk yes, thanks for your help.

Beside, I have one more question, is that possible to clone the whole Epic across the different project? 

@Lin Zhang 

Sorry for the late reply. 

Yes, you can clone and move the cloned Epic to another project or instance, while cloning.

I hope that answers your question?


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Hi Marlene,


Is this deep clone for Jira free or we need to purchase it before using, thanks.


Best regards,


Hi @Lin Zhang,

Deep Clone for Jira is a paid Marketplace app. The costs are calculated based on your instance size. (Update 2022-01-27: Deep Clone for Jira is free for instances with up to 10 users.)

But you can test Deep Clone for Jira for free for a minimum of 30 days. 

You can read more about Deep Clone pricing on our Marketplace page.

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Hi @Lin Zhang 

Create an automation rule like this - note that the right-hand part shows what you need to enter for the "create variable"-step (highlighted in dark background within the logic of the rule.Copy Epic including Stories within it.png

And what you need to set in the last "create"-step...

Copy Epic including Stories within it2.png

Thanks Peter. Are you using the standad version? I can't find "create variable" on my right-hand part.

We are on Jira Software cloud premium. I believe that if you can create automation rules, then the create-variable should be available. This was added to automation rules a while ago.

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@Peter Youngman 

I tried to set up the automation you share but it is not copying the epic. It does create copies of the child stories in the epic but the child stories have no sub-tasks copied from the original stories.

I think I am missing something :-/

Any guidance you can provide is greatly appreciated Thanks automation to copy an epic and all of its child stoies and their subtasks.jpg

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This shows the detail of the steps in the rule


automation to copy an epic and all of its child stoies and their subtasks 2.jpg


Hi, @Peter Youngman !

Where did you get this syntaxes? I didn't find this in documetation  Screenshot_63.jpg

@Sergey HRMNY  Peter was showing you how to create your own customised smart value, it wouldn't exist in the atlassian documentation.

Hey, @Lin Zhang 

I'm not sure if natively in the free version this feature is available.

I also tried to do this in a free cloud version even by automation, but I wasn't completely successful.

In the Standard version this option is completely released.

What you can try using the Standar version of the Cloud is to install the Script Runner plugin for the Cloud version, it is free for up to 10 users. In it you can work with some script that makes this cloning of epics with their child issues

Got it, thanks. Does it works for Kanban Board of Standard version?

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