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In the new JIRA version, how to change EPIC color?

On my backlog, I used to see different EPICs in different colors (easy way to group user stories). I don't have anymore this possibility.


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Hi @Rhita Chatila,

I assume with "the new JIRA version" you mean the new UI Experience on Cloud? If not, what version are you on?

In Cloud, go to the Backlog view of the board that has you Epics. On the left hand side, expand the Epic panel. Next to each Epic in the list you will see a small coloured triangle. When you click that, you will be able to change Epic colour:

Screen Shot 2018-01-29 at 20.10.35.png

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I can not see this down arrow.

How do I expose it?

Hi @Steve Farrand,

Can you share a screenshot of what you do see?

@Steve Farrand I found that these arrows are only there if you are in the EPIC colums in a SCRUM board, perhaps that helps.

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Is this feature also available for kanban boards? I have seen it on a scrum board but could not find it for a kanban board. It's annoying that we have several epics with an identical label colour on a kanban board.

I couldn't be more happy that you added this feature!!! Add more color options please! :D <3 

How can you do this, in the new Jira Software experience? I don't have this view anymore with the dropdown....

I made above views in the new experience. Are you sure you are using the backlog of a scrumboard?

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I really hope to see a color wheel with unlimited color options, or at least more color options available to choose from. 14 epic colors is NOT enough. 

Better than 0! You'll learn, one step at a time with change.

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We cannot change the EPIC colors because no EPIC is shown in the list.

See the screenshot below.

If I recreate a new board, the EPICs are here, but we loose all settings.


Screenshot 2019-02-22 at 13.57.42.png

As @Tanja Kantolamentioned, it's very annoying to organize stories with only one color in Epic labels.

Has somebody managed to change colors for Epics in Kanban boards?

Setting the colors can - to my knowledge - only be done via a scrum board, create a scrumboard for all the projects combined (if you have overarching Epics, that is the easiest) and set the epic colors per epic in the scrum board - backlog view. From that moment on the epic colors are reflected in the related kanban boards as well.

So a small work around, but it worked well (and efficiently) for me.

@Judith Tacq

Hi! Thank you for your advice. I tried as you mentioned, created a new Scrum project but I had no success changing epic's colors.

I started with a next-gen Kanban project and my team and I put some work on with stories and epics. Those epics are the ones we want to change color for better visual feedback.

I tried you strategy to create a new (next-gen) Scrum project but the interface is very similar, only almost all features turned on. I created example epics in the Roadmap section and then moved back to backlog. I couldn't see the Epics sidebar so I'm still stuck with the same problem.

I think you're strategy only works on classic Jira projects.

Hi Joshua, you can create an additional Scrum board in Kanban projects as well. Just create a board not a new project. I just redid my above instruction for a project in which my epics didn't have colors yet, and it worked.

Please use the pics to see if we are talking about the same thing. 

I hope it helps.

create a board.PNGcreate a board 2.PNGscrum for colors.PNG

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I also have no Epic sideboard in my scrum project backlog.

Screen Shot 2018-11-19 at 14.27.50.png

Regardless of the project type, what type of board are you looking at?

In the list of all boards the type is "next-gen board".

I have no experience with that board in respect to changing the epic colors, Perhaps  for a reason :) Using above instruction (on scrum board) does the trick, Good luck & success!

Ok, thanks! Maybe it is not possible yet to change epic colors in the new interface.

I'm having the same issue with the next-gen board interface.  Is there a way to change the epic colors for that type of project?

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Up! Would like to know as well.

Hello Ms. Judith Tacq

Thanks for your information. We've faced the same issue but not in Cloud. Will it applicable for the Data center also? if Yes please let me know how to do that?

Thanks in advance.


Best Regards,


Hello All,

 It is working in Kanban Project in Back lock section as well in Server version. 

Steps to edit the Epic Color:

1. Go to the project and open the Respective board.

2. Click on Backlog at left side.

3. Click EPICS on the left side of the board (aligned vertically) to open it.

4.Click the arrow next to the epic's name, then choose the color from the menu.

Please find the Screen shots for your kind reference.


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I was able to change the color in backlog view. However, it did not change in Active Sprint view for me.

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Steena P I'm New Here Mar 21, 2019

Colours for Epics are being organised automatically.  How can we define Epic colours by groups/teams/components etc?  Is there a way or does it need to be updated manually?

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