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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.

Thank you for this app - very useful and did exactly what we needed.

We had hundreds of labels across multiple projects, and wanted to delete ALL of these, as the purpose they had previously served was no longer relevant, and we wanted to start over with a fresh set of labels.

By using this app, we just needed to go to the project wide labels list and click 'Delete' next to each one we no longer required. The app did the rest - updating each ticket to remove the labels.

Now when we go to add a label on a new ticket, we are only shown the list we now want to see, rather than these old, redundant labels.

Massive time saver. Thank you.

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 a list of labels that still show in the list that I don't want, I do a search across ALL tickets for those specific labels and no issues are pulling up. So, why do those labels still show?

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For me it is not working it this way also

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

Doesn't work for me either. I've deleted around 5 labels that I've created, and no one else probably used them. I'm a Jira administrator, so the changes of having some issues with these labels that I don't have access are close to zero.

I've logged out and the problem persists.

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Same here. @Charlie_Vinall Where did you see that behaviour?

Yet again: Same here.

I say bug support about this. Maybe they'll inevitably fix this once they keep getting haunted by necro labels never going away.

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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