Can I have custom fields at project level?

Each of our JIRA (version 3.13) projects has a number of custom fields which only apply at Project level (i.e. the Project Manager, Project start/end date, Budget ID etc.).

Currently (as I inherited things) each project has a custom issue-type called "Project Info" with all of these fields defined as custom fields. Then for each project we just create an issue of this type (conventionally the first issue number, e.g. ABCD-1 for project ABCD).

This is clearly a kludge.

Is it possible to define custom fields like this which are only visible at project level? It does not seem to be, but maybe I missed something.

A related isssue is what is the 'Project Information' panel (a documentation link would be nice). For my test project I am told "The 'Project Information' panel is not available."

3 answers

1 accepted

1 vote
Accepted answer

No. See and vote on - some neat suggestions, workarounds and related links are there too, so it's well worth a read.

There are few options, unfortunately not for your (old) Jira version:

You could check the "Jira Workflow Toolbox" plugin (but available for JIRA 3.2 to JIRA 4.3.4):

Quote from plugin-page: " - Check project property: uses the project "Description" to store properties that can be used to customize the workflow behaviour. Project properties are written in project description with this syntax: { property_name = property_value }"

Another option: "Custom Project Properties for JIRA"-Plugin (JIRA 4.0 to JIRA 4.2.4)

Excerpt from doc:

"Now we can:

  • define list of custom fields for projects
  • define custom fields per project
  • fill custom fields on project administration page"

=> You might want to consider updating Jira? ;-)

BR, Markus

Hi @Markus Lepper


I have embedded a project property and now I am trying to access it via SIL:

string thisProject = project;
JProject thisProjectProperties = admProjectProperties(thisProject);
string libraryProject = thisProjectProperties["library"];


which results in an error:


Structure JProject does not contain field library


{library=BDFLIB} is the Description of the project in question...


Any ideas? Also tried hardcoding the current issue's project key like so

JProject thisProjectProperties = admProjectProperties("BLAH");

0 votes

There is an add-on in the market that cover exactly the need you have: Profields - Custom Fields for Projects

With Profields you can:

  • Create custom fields at project level
  • Execute scripts on the Field Tab
  • Connect to an external DB to retrieve data shown on the fields
  • A powerful project navigator where you can search for projects and fields as the same way you use the JIRA's issue navigator, it even has it's own PQL (Profields Query Language)
  • Java and REST API's that allows you to integrate with anything you want

Cheers, David

How is the API coming David?

Coming soon

We are doing the final adjustments to have the best API ever. The documentation will be published the week of 29 Sep 2017

Hi @Brian W. Bishop, sorry for the delay, finally the Profields' version 5.2.0 contains a Java API. You can find the documentation about it here:



Thank you David! Will probably use your plugin in some capacity, if we can reach the field values from groovy. I want to dynamically change workflows/transitions based on project-level specifications.

Suggest an answer

Log in or Sign up to answer
Community showcase
Published Feb 13, 2019 in Jira

Make your Atlassian Cloud products more secure: our NEW admin security guide

Hey admins! I’m Dave, Principal Product Manager here at Atlassian working on our cloud platform and security products. Cloud security is a moving target. As you adopt more products, employees consta...

622 views 0 12
Read article

Atlassian User Groups

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find a group

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find my local user group

Unfortunately there are no AUG chapters near you at the moment.

Start an AUG

You're one step closer to meeting fellow Atlassian users at your local meet up. Learn more about AUGs

Groups near you