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I am unable to add transitions to work flow

The following error is returned: You cannot perform this operation on a draft workflow

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Hello @max lakanu ,

This is a known issue. Check out this thread:

To be specific, check out this answer from ChristianCzaia:

In your case you're running into a known issue. You can't add outgoing transitions to final statuses on active workflow.

If you want to work your way around this: 

  1. Create new workflow as a copy (that way it will be inactive)
  2. Add in all the transitions you need
  3. Associate the workflow with your scheme and the issue types again to activate it
  4. Run through the wizard
  5. Done

Another thing you can't do on active workflows (drafts) is to delete statuses

Hope that helped.


This is just ridiculous. I have very simple workflow: To Do, In Progress, Done.

Now I do not have any transitions between statuses. And the problem is I cannot add ABSOLUTELY any transition. Anything I do I see : You cannot perform this operation on a draft workflow. (headbang). 

I see that the problem exists since 2015 or even earlier. This is just unacceptable.

This is a nasty JIRA bug, that for some reason is a low priority.  To get around it you need to create new workflow as an admin, change it and then assign it. 

I have created a short video how to Edit workflows that covers it: 

Hope it helps.

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