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How do I add a check box to the description area of a jira project?

I'm looking to add check box action items in the description of a JIRA Project ticket.

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Hi @ray.b ,

By native functionality you will not be able to add check boxes in description field. However you can use Issue Checklist Pro or Smart Checklist  for Jira enterprise in order to define acceptance criteria ,To-do list for your software projects.



Hi @ray.b 

If you don't want to pay, you can try Issue Checklist Free which is a free sibling of Issue Checklist Pro 🏆 . 


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Hi Jack,

What with economies suffering due to the global pandemic, everyone's fighting for money they hope to get in the next financial year. So getting any add-ons is a big ask. Is there any chance Issue Checklist Free could be adapted for Server as well as cloud?

Warm regards


Hi @ColinB,

We should be able to answer that question in 2-3 months.


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I've got exactly the same question here, @ColinB :-)  I'm on server and would love to try this out on Server as trial, then free.  If it's working, I'd very likely pay anyway after that.

Could 2-3 months be switched to "days" at all? :-)  @Jack Hunter _HeroCoders_ 

@Mark Hallerthere are existing checklists apps available for server already. You can trial them for free for up to 6 months - that should be long enough for everyone to make a decision :)

You can take a look at our Multiple Checklists for Jira or other checklists available on server.


@Jack Hunter _HeroCoders_ Do you know anything new about adopting Issue Checklist Free for the Server version of Jira?



We probably need another ~2 months to make a decision.


Since Atlassian announced the end of life for the Server offering, we won't work on the Server version. 

However, it is still to be decided about the Data Center. 


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Joe Pitt Community Leader Feb 10, 2020

If you're a JIRA admin you can add a custom checkbox field to the ticket type. 

Can you please provide steps to doing this?

The problem with this it the checkbox items are saved with the field when it's created.

So if you've got a ticket that a developer is populating with a list of actions to be done, which are unique to that ticket, you can't do it.


That's what I want to do!  It seems so simple.  Extend the rich text field type to allow checkbox as a formatting option - just like in Confluence page editing, you can just slap a checkbox in anywhere.

@Mark Haller Agreed. This has been around in GitHub for ages. It's mind-boggling that Atlassian hasn't implemented this yet.

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