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Delete Label in Jira

Is there any way I can delete Jira labels ?

This is for Jira Server instance.


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Hi Ron,

Take a look at How to delete labels in JIRA applications:

Note that in JIRA server applications, labels can only be replaced, rather than added or removed. See  JRASERVER-24118 - The labels fields should be additive when doing bulk updates Closed  for progress on this feature

You can make it so the labels no longer show up when browsing project labels:


To completely delete a label from a JIRA application project, the label must be removed from all the issues in that project. Once it is removed from all issues, it will no longer be seen when browsing a project's labels.

How do I find which labels are in my projects?

See Labeling an Issue.

How do I bulk-remove a label?

Both cloud and server application users can also watch the following feature request for improved label management in JIRA applications:  JRASERVER-33672 - Improve the way Labels can be deleted in JIRA.

Please vote on JRASERVER-33672 and JRASERVER-24118 to get this feature implemented in JIRA.



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Mikael Sandberg Community Leader Feb 02, 2018

Only way to do it is to remove the label from all issues that is using it. Check out

If you have many labels that you want to manage or delete, removing from each issue will be very time consuming.

For that use case, you can use our app: Label Manager for Jira Cloud

It allows managing labels (searching, filtering, changing name, deleting etc.) from a single page. Try it out and let us know if you face any issues.

To completely delete a label from a JIRA application project, the label must be removed from all the issues in that project. Once it is removed from all issues, it will no longer be seen when browsing a project's labels.

This doesn't appear to be the case. I have done a search across ALL tickets for specific labels that I don't want and no issues are pulling up. I have a list of labels that I want and for some reason the same word with a comma also shows as a label (which I don't want the one with the comma). Any suggestions?

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For me it is not working it this way also

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Like Roger Hughes likes this

Doesn't work for me either. It still shows the label.

We're on server 7.9.2 and there is an option under bulk to 'Find and remove these' which then let's you enter the label(s) you want to remove.  It only removes those ones.

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