Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Sign up Log in

Next challenges

Recent achievements

  • Global
  • Personal


  • Give kudos
  • Received
  • Given


  • Global

Trophy case

Kudos (beta program)

Kudos logo

You've been invited into the Kudos (beta program) private group. Chat with others in the program, or give feedback to Atlassian.

View group

It's not the same without you

Join the community to find out what other Atlassian users are discussing, debating and creating.

Atlassian Community Hero Image Collage

Will someone please explain what each option for Linking Epics does? E.g. "Relates to" and others

I don't understand the options for linking Epics. Will someone please explain each one?


  • Is blocked by
  • Blocks
  • Is closed by
  • Clones
  • Is Duplicated by
  • Duplicates
  • Relates to


For Blocks and Is Blocked By - would this be blocked from starting or stopped from ending?


Happy to provide any other information. Thanks!



1 answer

HI @Craig Welcome to the Atlassian Community!

An issue link is a simple pointer from one issue to another.  The name of each link is supposed to tell you what the link is for.

They are mostly directional - in your list of six, you only actually have 4 link types there (assuming they are the standard ones - you can add your own link types and remove or rename all the system ones if you want).

  • is blocked by / blocks  (e.g. ABC-123 blocks DEF-456, therefore DEF-456 is blocked by ABC-123)
  • is cloned by  (has another side called "is a clone of")
  • duplicates / is duplicated by
  • relates to (this is directional, but it is generic - the opposite direction is also called "relates to")
John Funk Community Leader Jan 05, 2021

I agree with Monika - the linked issues is a simple pointer - it is not unique nor directly tied to Epics. The Epic Link field would be the appropriate field used to link an issue as a child to an Epic for Classic Software projects. 

Like Monika Rani likes this

Hi Monika and John, thanks for your answer. I'm still a little confused. Would you be able to clarify the 4 link types below:

  • Blocks: Does this block the other Epic from starting? Or does it block the other Epic from ending? Or something else?
  • Clone: What is a "Clone" in the world of Jira? If one Epic is a "Clone" of another Epic, what are the implications for the original and the clone?
  • Duplicate: What is a "Duplicate" in the world of Jira? How is it different from a "Clone"? 
  • Relates to: What does "Relates to" in the world of Jira? If one Epic "Relates to" another Epic, what is the implication for each of the Epics?

(I'm creating a Next-Gen project)


John Funk Community Leader Jan 05, 2021

The link types are just words - they are pretty much whatever you want them to mean. There is no built in functionality based one which one you use. It's really just a matter for your team or your organization to determine what they mean when you use them. 

Outside of that, you could pretty much just use the Relates to link type every time - the functionality is all the same. 

And the link types have no implication whatsoever for Epics. Within the Next-Gen project type, there is little to no control about the linkage for Epics - it's really a parent-child relationship and that's it. 

Like Craig likes this

Thanks, John. This helps my understanding.

Strange 'functionality'. 

Like John Funk likes this

Suggest an answer

Log in or Sign up to answer
Site Admin
Community showcase
Posted in Jira Software

Presenting the "Best of 2020" Jira Software roundup!

Catch up with Atlassian Product Managers in our 2020 Demo Den round-up! From Advanced Roadmaps to Code in Jira to Next-Gen Workflows, check out the videos below to help up-level your work in the new ...

7,018 views 8 28
Join discussion

Community Events

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find an event

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Unfortunately there are no Community Events near you at the moment.

Host an event

You're one step closer to meeting fellow Atlassian users at your local event. Learn more about Community Events

Events near you