Bulk Action Link

Greetings, I have 100+ Defect JIRA issues I want to link to a Single output Build Issue. I've been reading up on Bulk Actions, but I don't see a Bulk Link Action.



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For linking, you need not go via the bulk action. Instead, open that one single issue, select 'Link Issue' from More Actions and paste all the 100+ issue keys in that edit box and submit.

In order to quickly get you that 100+ issues as one text field, you could export that list from Jira to excel, copy the issue-link column, paste in a good text editor and replace newline with comma.

It does not seem to work with commas anymore, but it works fine if you have spaces.

If your issues are visible in an Agile Board you can select them and use the context menu to see them in the Issue Navigator. If you do this, you will get a query of the form "issueKey in (...)". Thus you have a comma separated lists of the issue keys and you just need to remove the comma.

Spaces between issue keys didn't work for me in 6.4, nor newlines. But you can do a search in the Link popup and get the issues that way with Advanced Search. Just as David says below.

Renjith's method worked for me. All i did was got the list of issues which i need to update, exported to csv, copied the keys and pasted it in linked issue and ta-da! THANKS Renjith

So, just replace spaces/commas/whatever with a TAB character, works like a charm.

Terrible UX, as usual :(

Hi Renjith

I tried following your instructions but it didn't get me anywhere. Whenever I tried pasting 87 issues as a comma separated string it would br parsed as a one issue and would not work.

What you have to do is paste is with the newline in it - do not replace with comma..

I'm on Jira 5.2.7

In the "Add Link" dialog's search function, you can return and multi-select issues to link to the item.jira_link_multiselect.png

the only problem with this seems to be that it limits how many results are returned to 10 which is not helpful for the OP's scenario (nor mine), but is useful to know of this approach (using a JQL query to get a list of issues for linking)

  1. Go to parent issue à More à Link
  2. Define the link type
  3. Paste into the "Issue" field your list of issue keys separated by space and just click on the area outside of the text box
  4. The system will process and accept each key as a separate issue
  5. Press Alt+s to submit


How can we do bulk remove links for issues in JIRA?

Thanks in advance for any solution.



It's 2018 and we still can't bulk link through the web. Wow.

Here's my solution...

Using Jira Cloud...

  1. Find the Issues you want to bulk link to another issue
  2. Click Advanced query.  Copy the JQL statement.  (e.g.: project = MNS AND status = DONE AND assignee in (dcmiller13)  )
  3. Find the issue you want to link to.  Click Link, pick the Link type, then  --> Search for an Issue --> Advanced.
  4. Paste the JQL.  Click the top checkbox to select all.


This is only a partial solution, as you will only have a max of 10 issues returned from the search. 

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Thomas Schlegel Community Champion Mar 06, 2012

Bulk linking is not (yet) possible. it's an old issue, see https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/JRA-2428

Only workarounds like the one mentioned by Renjith are possible

Best regards


i can click "search issue" - but if i wanna go to the advanced search, there is a notice, that the auto complete is loading, and then the pop-up closes. so i can't do anythin.

has anyone an idea what could cause the problem (no javascript exception, nothing special at jira log file) or has anyone another workaround to link all issues from a filter to a single other issue?

This sounds good but how do you bulk unlink them? 


with the plugin I made (Easy Links for JIRA) you can bulk link and/or unlink issues. Check out my answer: https://answers.atlassian.com/questions/40224.



Does anyone have a better way to bulk link more than 10 issues to another issue?

By using this free plugin I made (Easy Links for JIRA) you can create a custom field that represents an issue link type (for example: "is blocked by"). This custom field looks like a dropdown issue select list that autocompletes as you type in but, when you set the value, the plugin will create behind the scenes a regular JIRA issue link using that value. You can use this plugin in bulk edition (so you can bulk create and/or remove issue links).

It also gives you other features, like using the "Link" custom field in gadgets, dashboards and JQL.

Hope it helps!

Best regards,


Hi Andrea,

please check out my answer to this question, I think it may help you: https://answers.atlassian.com/questions/40224




Can we perform "Bulk Edit" operation on security level?


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Easiest to export to csv and import to google sheet.  then use =join(" ",A2:A) to turn into a string in a cell.  and copy that to jira. 

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