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Add column to list of Sub-Tasks

We are hosting Jira ourselves and in our setup, Stories have Sub-Tasks. In the detail view of a story, I do see the related Sub-Tasks, but I only see their status, summary, type, assignee and work log. I want to add a column to display the ID of each sub task.

I am aware that I do see the ID when I hover over the sub task summary, but in order to minimise risks for mixups and misunderstandings, I want the ID in plain sight as a separate column.

When I go to

admin panel > System > General Configuration > Advanced

I currently see "issuetype, status, assignee, progress" in the field "jira.table.cols.subtasks". Is this the right spot to add that column? And if so, what is that field's name? "id", "issue id" and "issueid" all yield "The following fields are invalid" followed by whatever I tried so far.

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From memory, you need either key or issuekey. (For custom fields, you can hover over them, get their ID and then put in customfield_xxxxx)

Think that one is just "version" (the other version os affectversion)

Thanks Nice, that list is good.  The key for that field is fixVersions (note the plural and the cap)

Any idea what the variable is for attachment? Seems like most of the variables listed in the IssueFieldConstants page are invalidated when entered into the Advanced Settings (JIRA 6.4)

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I am aware that I do see the ID when I hover over the sub task summary

Do you mean the issuekey ? Id is the 6 digit numeric value.

Hi Jobin,

Do you know what is the field name that gives the sub task issue type name? i want to see sub task issue type name when i am viewing my parent issue.

sub task type name like Bug, New Feature..

Appreciate your help

Hi Krishna,

To know the issuetype name use the word 'issueType'.

I can't seem to get to this configuration in JIRA 6. Did something change? I want to be able to view the issuekey of my linked sub-tasks on parent tickets

In JIRA 6.4, I added the issue key by editing Admin > System > General Configuration > Advanced > jira.table.cols.subtasks as follows: 

issuekey, issuetype, status, assignee, progress

Thanks for this, exactly what I needed.  I am kind of afraid to try it though to my prod environment

Don't be - the worst case is you'll get a name Jira doesn't recognise and that will give you a blank column with whatever you put in the settings as a header.

e.g. issuekey, customfield_10010, cat, issuetype, 52345, status

Would give you the header

Key, (name of customfield), cat, Issue Type, 52345, Status

With no data in the cat or 52345 columns.

If in doubt, just copy and paste the existing string into a text editor to keep a hold of it to re-paste it in (or come back here and paste in Paul's string)

Worked perfectly, thanks Nic!

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Hi @Nic Brough _Adaptavist_  As Paul said it works for Sub-tasks.

I want the same for issue links. Can I do it  ?


Thanks in Advance


Can we set this for a particular project only? 

No, it is a global setting.

Ok, Thank you for confirming, 

Hi @Nic Brough _Adaptavist_

We moved from Jira 6.3.10 to Jira 8.3 recently.

Regarding Paul Stahlke's comment, we added 'issue type'.

Before in Jira 6 it was displaying the issue type as it's name, but now it's displaying it as the issue type icon.

Do you know how we can get it to display the text again instead of the icon?




You would need to have the code in Jira to put back in a display of the name instea of the icon.

Nic Brough {Adaptavist}

do you know how exactly do that? Thanks!


Only the theory - you'd need to hack the templates that render it.

Sorry @Paul Stahlke , where is jira.table.cols.subtasks exactly? I went to Admin > System > General Configuration > Advanced, I do not see it on the left heading at all, nor is that table listing anywhere. in the main body of the page.

Searching for it in admin yields no results. I'm Jira 8.4.

EDIT: Figured it out: [Advanced Settings] is a button on the top right of the Settings page.

issuekey was the key! Cheers, Jobin & Nic!

Does this option available with OnDemand as well??

Does this optional available with OnDemand as well?

Cannot say, I only have an OnPremise instance of jira. Maybe someone else can answer Vivek's question?

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I don't think it is - I've got an OnDemand here and I can't get into the advanced stuff under general config.

This works when you open the issue with  "View Issue in Jira".  Is there any hope of managing what shows up in the details pane that opens to the right of the backlog view when you select an issue?  I would like to be able to add the IssueType to the Subtask list in that view. 

Jeff, did you get a solution for this , I am also looking for the same, and my issue is the sub-tasks order is different in "View Issue in Jira" and it is other way in the the details pane that opens to the right of the backlog view. How to get the same order in both views?

I ended up finding the app

Highly recommend, does a whole lot!

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