How to delete an epic


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Hi Nel,

In order to delete an Epic, you can simply access the Issue screen itself and go to More > Delete.

Please note this will remove on the Epic itself and none of the issues associated to it.

Hope this helps.

There is no 'Delete' option under the '...' menu ..

I have similar issues, and cannot delete Issues or Epics when I am in a specific schema.
I believe other projects have allowed me to use the Delete option on the issues.  I believe this is by design. I am an administrator and can see the Delete Issues permissions. 

I have read over all the comments and previous instructions and have been able to delete Issues before, but again, some projects I must hit 'Done' on an issue to delete it, which is not something we'd like to have, due to it still appearing in the history of the project.

Forget about boards and whatever you mean by "schema".  Pick an Epic that you want to delete and go look at it.  If you do not get the delete option in the tools menu, then go look at the project administration settings.  Look at the permission scheme and make sure you have "delete issue".

If you do have delete issue rights, then go look at the workflow.  The only other thing past the permission scheme that blocks delete is a workflow property on the current status of the issue - check for that.

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@Nic Brough [Adaptavist] : This is the perfect answer and I successfully followed it to the T


And just to support it further, by 'looking at it' what is meant is click on the JIRA issue number.

E.g.: the Epic "Mistake" in project Example has issue number EX-1. Click on that!

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Hi everyone, 

Another path would be:

On the Epic frame, click on the drop-down arrow next to the name of your epic, select "view epic details". On the rightmost of the screen, there is a button with three dots "...", click on it and select 'Delete'. 

Please let me know if that works for you too.


What is the Epic frame? Where is it? There's certainly Epic Link displayed on an issue and I can click next to (right of) an Epic title and see the list of Epics but I'm not seeing "View Epic Details" nor am I seeing the thee dots.

I found it. On the Backlog page with VERSIONS and EPICS displayed, on the EPICS frame, the list of epics is displayed. It's here that you click the drop arrow to the right of the epic name, click "View epic details" and when the new page displays, in the upper-right corner, click on the ellipses then click Delete...

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no delete in the 3 dot menu. Screen Shot 2017-02-13 at 10.08.48 AM.png

To Delete a JIRA issue, one should have Issue Delete permission. If you are project administrator, refer permission scheme associated to your project. If not contact your Jira-Administrator.



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Hi, this question is asked mainly by new users, assuming you do not have a jira administrator etc. The reason why you cannot delete an issue is because you are set as a jira admin but not as a project admin. The simplest way to solve this is:

  1. Select your Project
  2. Select project settings (Jira left menu transitions, if you don't see it press the back button on the top left.) You should see the bellow screen:
  3. jirascreen1.png
  4. After pressing project settings, scroll down to people
  5. You will see that a) you are not added to the project or b) that no one is added to the project in the people portion. Just add yourself and you will see that you are able to delete issues now :) This is a major blocker for many of the actions you would like to take on jira if you did not add yourself during the initial project creation.
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Abhishek I'm New Here Dec 18, 2018

The best answer is Project-->Project setting-- > People--> Add your profile (Make sure you are reporter of the issues/task/epic/user story).

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The Best answer is goto Issue Navigator for the specific project and it displays all issues in the project.

then goto Tools menu select Bulk change after that choose operattion Delete Issues permanently (which you want to delete epic or task..etc)

Delete those and confirm then acknowledge.

Thank you.


Hanmandlu Gorla

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