Bulk remove/change issue links in Jira

I have some tickets with 100+ issue links associated with them.  Is there any way to bulk remove/change links without having to individually delete each link one-by-one?  Very time consuming when a large change needs to be made.  I have looked all over the forums, but with no success.  There are other great bulk change capabilities, but I can't find anything on issue links.


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There is a simple way to link multiple issues to another one:

  1. Open the issue you wish to link to multiple issues.
  2. Select More > Link to display the Link dialog box.
  3. Ensure that the JIRA Issue item is selected at the left of the dialog box.
  4. Below the Issue field, click on the search for an issue link to specify a JQL query which regroups the issues you want to link to the current one.
  5. Click on the link Advanced Search from the Find JIRA issues window.
  6. Enter the specific JQL query and select the issues.
  7. The selected issues should appear in the Issue field.
  8. Click the Link button at the bottom of the dialog.

If you want to link to 10+ issues, you will need to:
Run the specific JQL query from the Issue Navigator
- Export the search result from Jira to Excel
Copy the issue-key column
Paste in a text editor and replace newline with space or tab
- Paste all the issue keys in the Issue field from the Link dialog box

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Peter DeWitt Community Champion Oct 23, 2017

@Andrew, have you tried exporting the issues to excel, removing the links and then importing?


Thank you.  I have not tried that.  Will that change the issue ID?  Trying to find a better way, but perhaps that could work.  I guess there is no way to do this within the tool as you can with the other bulk updates?

Peter DeWitt Community Champion Oct 24, 2017

no - the key will remain the same - try it out on a single issue (preferably in a dev server) to get the feel of it.

This looks like it could work in theory. However, this is a show stopper: https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/JRACLOUD-63388

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