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Can you add a component to multiple projects?

Hello, we are using JIRA server 7.13.5.

We have a new component that needs to be added to over 60+ projects. Is there a way to do a bulk update? I don't have full admin rights, and our team is saying it cannot be done.

Thanks in advance.



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Hello @Ana Bolanos

Check out this link: 

Your team is unfortunately correct. Components are project specific and you can't bulk update that field across different projects. It is totally possible to bulk update component within a single project.

I'm sorry that this answer doesn't solve your issue, but I hope it makes it more clear.

Hello Alexander, thank you for confirming. I have project rights, not jira-admin rights.

Manual it is then!

Have a great day.


Hi Alexander, yes, I can do bulk updates. In this case, its a new one that has to be added. While I'm in the project, I remove the one we don't need. 


I think that @Anawants to add a component with the same name to every project, and that can be done, at heart is not the same component, because a component is defined in a project so those components will have different id and will be treated as different objects by jira.

Hello @fran garcia gomera  Our team uses components vertically across all teams. I know that is not the way a component is typically used. I didn't make the rules. :)

Appreciate your input. 

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Hi @Ana Bolanos 

If you don't have Jira Administrator rights then you can use REST API. There is a resource for creating a component. You still need Project Administration rights on those 60 projects.


Thank you, I will pass this along to our JIRA admin team!

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Depending on the tools and permissions you have there are some ways to do it, I can think of (for sure there are more ways to get it):

  • There is a plugin called Profields that allow you to do bulk changes in jira. It includes adding components to the projects you get with a query. (It also does a lot of other things)
  • If you have script runner it could be also a good chance to make a groovy to add the components.
  • you could also do it via API 

all the info here :

  • And finally you could do it directly in the database (not very recomendable)

If you tell me wich plugins/permissions you have maybe I could help you

Hi - I only have project admin access. But we are looking at revamping our processes, so I can include this into the proposed enhancements.

Appreciate it!

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