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How to create custom fields on Project in Jira?


I want to create custom fields on Jira Project but I am not finding the option but everywhere people just telling me to create the custom fields on Issue only.


So, Is there a way to create the custom field on Project in Jira and later could I also access this custom field using Jira Api?


Kindly help ASAP.

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Capi _resolution_ Marketplace Partner Sep 28, 2020

Hi @RishabhT ,


Jira doesn't support project custom fields out of the box, but you can install Profields for Jira cloud and get that use case covered quite neatly.

Their cloud functionality is not as comprehensive in Cloud as it is in Server, but you'll get your custom fields and I think also the ability to query for them.

Thank you @Capi _resolution_ ;) 

Hi @RishabhT

I'm part of DEISER's team, editor of Profields- Jira Project Tracking.

As Capi mentioned, thanks to Profields you are able to create custom fields on your projects but also search and filter your projects which helps you to manage your entire portfolio. 

Do not hesitate to reach me on my email address if you want more details depending on your specific use case.


Like Leo Diaz _DEISER_ likes this

Hi @RishabhT ,

Check this article


You need to be a jira-administrator to create new custom fields in JIRA


This article also telling us how to create custom fields on Issue not on project. I am concerned to create the custom field on Project not on any other. 

Niranjan Rising Star Sep 27, 2020

@RishabhT - Let me try to explain. The hierarchy in JIRA is

JIRA instance

JIRA Projects

JIRA Project's Issuetypes


To have an custom field for an issue type,

First a jira-administrator should create the field at the JIRA instance level, only after which it can be associated with the project (all issue types in the project) or any one specific issue type in the project.

1 vote

Projects do not have custom fields.  Custom fields can only be done at the issue level.

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Ismael Jimoh Community Leader Sep 27, 2020

You cannot create custom field on project. Your custom fields are system wide and require the Jira Administrator permission to be created.

After creating it, you can constrain it to a single project. However, note that at anytime, another admin can make it accessible to other projects.


Hi Ismael

Once you said "cannot" and then said "Required Jira Administration Permission". As My account is already adminstrator.

So, could I be able to create it? Or you talking about super admin Of whole Jira Cloud?

Kindly explore more.

HI @RishabhT 

You CANNOT create a custom field for just one project.

You as a JIRA Administrator (not project administrator) can create a custom field that will be accessible to all projects on the instance. The difference is as the admin, you can constrain this to your project BUT as I mentioned it can be enabled again by any other JIRA Administrator and will be accessible on other projects.

Can you check again you are a JIRA administrator? See also @Nic Brough _Adaptavist_  reply as well as this ties to what I meant.


I think this is a bit of a confused conversation.

There are two types of "custom field" being discussed to my mind:

  • Custom fields for issues.  These are configured (by Jira admins, with some delegation to project admins in some cases) at a project level, but act at an issue level - each issue may have data for a field.
  • Custom fields for projects - data that would be entered once for a whole project. Jira does not have these, only the system fields like key, name, lead, description and url etc.  If you want project-level custom fields, then see what @Capi _resolution_ said

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