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How to update issue parent in jira automation in nextgen projects?


I have the following automation in nextgen project:

* When issue is linked, assign the new linked issue to the source issue parent (epic).

However, I keep getting "invalid JSON" error.

Any idea?

Screenshot 2021-04-05 171807.pngScreenshot 2021-04-05 171823.png

3 answers

@Sahar ben

let's see if we can find the answer here from the community.

Hi @Matan Grady 

I believe you need to branch on the destination issue for that smart value to work.  Please look at this article for details:

Best regards,


Hello @Bill Sheboy , and thanks!

Actually I was managed to get the issue parent.
My problem is with updating the issue parent.

I can't understand if jira next-gen projects supports updating an issue parent.

When you edit/update an issue, that issue needs to be the focus in the rule.  For example, it needs to be the trigger issue or an issue within a branch's selection.

Although you may be able to see the key of a parent with the syntax you are showing, the rule isn't updating the parent: it is not "in scope".

Just to be clear, are you trying to update:

  1. the parent of the issue that triggered the rule, or
  2. the parent of the issue that was linked to the issue that triggered the rule?

If you want #1, as simple branch on parent should work.  If you want #2, you would need to use a branch on JQL for the key of that linked issue's parent.  They you may perform the edit within the branch.

Hi @Bill Sheboy ,


This is not my problme. My problem is how to update the issue (I am already on the right branch for it), but assign a parent to it.

For example, update issue X-123 to be a child of issue X-5.

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Eric Atlassian Team Apr 06, 2021

Hi @Matan Grady ,


You should be able to select 'Epic Link' from the fields dropdown in Edit issue action.


Automation is able to figure out that the issue being acted on belongs to a next gen project and it will set the correct field (parent).



Hello @Eric

I need to update the field from advanced field editing.

This is how my JSON looks like.

Still I get an error of invalid JSON.

Screenshot 2021-04-07 084600.jpg1231321.jpg

Any ideas?

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