Jira Projects move to Trash after deleting, how to delete them permanently

Soumik Mukherjee November 26, 2023

Hi community, recently I came across an issue on Jira. I am actually writing automation codes which create Jira Projects, issues, custom fields and associate them correctly through a project setup configuration file that I have created.

After all the configuration is done, I run multiple tests on them and finally I want to delete all of them.

I went through the API documentation and found REST APIs that delete all of them, but the projects move to Trash. So, the next time when I run the tests, it looks for the projects through a GET call and gets a success message since the API calls consider the projects in the Trash as existing only. But then when I try to associate the issues, custom fields, etc to the project, I receive an error.

So, how can I delete the Projects from Jira and then from the Trash through REST API?

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Soumik Mukherjee November 28, 2023

Hi community, I have myself found the REST API for the same. As a matter of fact, it is not actually a DELETE API, which ideally it should have been, rather it is a POST API.

The API is:


We can read more about it here

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If you'd like to utilize a proper DELETE API, you can pass the `enableUndo` query param.





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Soumik Mukherjee February 23, 2024

Thanks @matthew baltrusitis this is definitely an alternative to the way I suggested. Appreciate the response.

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Berat Altunhan November 27, 2023

Hi, ,

If you are Jira admin, you can follow these step:

1. Click 'Setting' button from the right corner.

2. Click 'Project' and than click 'Trash' button.

3. Click three dots and select delete permanently.

Soumik Mukherjee November 28, 2023

Hi @Berat Altunhan thanks for the answer, but I wanted to know the REST API for the same as I have already mentioned in the question at the end.

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