Hi in Our JIRA there are so many thousands of issues in all projects.

I need to  archive issues of 2015 and 2016 .

Is there any possibility to do that?

Please give me a detailed answer if anyone knows/

thank you

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What do you mean by "archive"?  You'll need to define what you want that process to do and what effect it has on the issues being archived.

I want to delete old issues....

Ok, that's fine, but it's not "archiving", it's "completely destroying the issues".

You can run filters for "issue last updated before 1st Jan 2017" and then run through bulk-delete for them, but that's only a thousand at a time.  I'd script that from the outside, doing it over REST.

HI Nic,

I dont want to delete them. Just want to have a copy of them with read access for others and archiving them .that is what i wanted

could you please help me with that.

thank you.


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Brant Schroeder Community Champion Apr 28, 2017


  JIRA is not setup to archive issues.  If you want to remove issues from your JIRA instance but archive them before doing so I would suggest coming up with a process internal to your organization that meets your needs.  For example every quarter we do the following:

  • Refresh our test enviorment with current production data.
  • Perform a full backup of our JIRA instance.
  • Export projects that will be deleted using bulk edit export to full content.

This provides us with the following:

  • A test enviorment that is close to production for testing and for reference of deleted issues and projects.
  • A full backup that we can restore at any given time if we need to reference a deleted project or issue.
  • PDF documents that can be searched by staff for specific issues or projects.

We have yet to do a full restore to get the information we need.  The PDF documents have been sufficient in answering questions that have come up after the project or issue has been deleted.

Hope this helps.

HI,thanks for answering.

Yes we have test environment also..your process is good..

I want process how to delete old issue ? as iam naive admin

How to copy old issues to PDF ?

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Adding on to Brant's answer, you will find some more details at Check it out.

HI Jobin,

I want to delete or archive Issues which are in thousands from the years 2015 and 2016..

So could you please help me...

we r using 6.3.1

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