Bulk delete versions?

FogBugz has two version fields per issue, the "fix for" version and the "seen in" version. When importing from FogBugz, JIRA adds all of the values from both fields to its list of versions. Because we include build numbers in the "seen in" version (e.g., 5.0.9864), the JIRA database has nearly 1,000 versions in its list. Only about 20 of these are real, assignable versions (e.g., "5.0").

How can I get rid of all the unassignable versions without having to delete them one by one, which will take forever?

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The only way I can think of is to delete them via a loop script that calls the JIRA API endpoint for "deleting a version". I have the JIRACLI tool so I can just run the following in a loop

jira --action deleteVersion --project "zjiracli" --version "auto1")

Reference: https://bobswift.atlassian.net/wiki/display/JCLIP/Documentation

Or you can just create your own script to loop through the JIRA API Delete Version endpoint

Reference: https://docs.atlassian.com/jira/REST/latest/#api/2/version-delete

Thanks. We don't have a JiraCLI license (although it sounds useful–I'll agitate to get one). I've been trying to delete versions using the REST API without much success. Here's an example URL:


where "12808" is the JIRA ID of one of the versions I want to delete. This looks right to me, according to the REST docs. But it returns 404, "NOT FOUND".

Do you see what I'm doing wrong?

One thing that bothers me is that there's no indication of the project ID. Could this be the problem?

Can you try doing a "get" first? Also, does your account have the correct permission to delete versions?

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