Display Sub-Tasks linked to an epic

This question is in reference to Atlassian Documentation: Why do subtasks disappear when I filter my board using Epic Links

Is there any JQL workaround to allow the display of all the sub-tasks of an epic, and not only the issues? I don't have any add-on. 

2 answers

The issues that display on a board are determined by 1) the saved filter and 2) the mapped statuses.  If you are querying by epic-link, only parent issues will be displayed since sub-tasks are not linked to epics.

You will need to tweak your filter to include sub-tasks.  Easiest way is to have the filter query all issues in a project.  If that is not the case, you will need to get creative - use the built-in JQL functions with Scriptrunner (if you have JIRA Server) to query sub-tasks linked to parents.


Hi Andrea, 

Thanks a lot for your answer. 

We indeed have an item workflow that works as follow : Epic --> Issues (Tasks) --> Sub-Tasks 

There is unfortunately no way for us to use only the Issues items and to reflect the relationship between our items in a satisfying way. 

Would you know free add-on that would open the same functionality than Scriptrunner? I would like to test out if JQL functions would fit what we are trying to achieve before starting to add costs. 


Thanks a lot for your help. 

Jack Brickey Community Champion Aug 11, 2016

the only way i have found to do this (cloud version) is using labels. so my filter looks something like this....

"Epic Link" = proj-111 OR labels = proj111


proj-111 is the JIRA issue # for the epic and proj111 is a label i place on all sub tasks. obviously this is flawed if and sub-tasks are missing the label. 

it continues to frustrate me that i can't have something like...

"Epic Link" in (proj-111) OR parent in (Epic Link = proj-111)

or maybe adding a new operator to JIRA like...

"Epic Link" in (proj-111) INCLUDE Sub-Tasks


In my case I use AM Utils (free add-on) to search all issues and subtasks on it:

A simple example:

issuekey in (issuesSubtasks("'Epic Link' = XXX-99")) ORDER BY Rank ASC

With this I can make boards that swinlanes with stories or projects besides the Epic Link. 

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