Custom field at Project level

 We have a situation where we would like to have a field for "Project Number" in our JIRA instance. This number would be specific to each project and would affect all the Issues in that project. We would also need a way to generate reports that are based on this custom field.
What would be the best way to go about this? I've looked into the plugin "ProFields" and it seems promising, but a bit excessive for our needs. We also use Tempo timesheets a lot, if it matters.
Any insight would be much appreciated! 

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Joe Pitt Community Champion Mar 01, 2016

Fields are related to issues, not projects. The closest thing I can think of is to create a custom field named Project Number, create a context for each project, and set the default for each project to the value in the context. Put it only on the view screen for each issue type and no one will be able to edit it.

Intriguing! Could you point me into the right direction on how to create this sort of context and make default values for various projects? Also, how would you think this would show up in different reports?

Joe Pitt Community Champion Mar 02, 2016

Check out this. About half way down the page is the section about context.

Ok, so in essence:
Create a Custom Field, Configure a context for each project and add a default value affecting each issue in that project, which in this case would be a numerical value.
I will try this out and see what kind of reports this would allow. A part of our organization would need to generate reports based on this value and see the logged hours.

Thanks a bunch for the expertise Mr.Pitt! 

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Project Key is the only thing that is closest to what you need. It is exactly specific to each project and affect all the issues in that project. You also report using it too.

What prevent you from using Project key for that purpose?

We tried using a custom field called "Project Number" in our issues, but a part of our organization would like to have a custom number field at the project level. The project key is used to index our projects in a different manner. Is getting a plugin such as ProFields the best way to get a custom number field value attached to each project?

Thanks for the responses smile ! 

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Hello Otto, having custom fields at Project level is possible and easy with "Profields" Add-on, it fits exactly with the need you have. Right now is available on the Marketplace for Server instances and Cloud will be ready soon. You can have a free trial. This is the link:

Kind regards,


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