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How do I change the starting issue key number? I'm using JIRA ServiceDesk Cloud version.

I'm creating a new project in ServiceDesk Cloud and want to know how to change the default starting number for the Issue Key number. Currently any new issues I create start incrementing from the default 1.  (e.g., TS-1, TS-2). I want to know if I can change the default value to something else (like TS-10000, TS-10001)?

I can change the Issue key prefix but I don't see a way to change the number.

The reason for this request is that I'm migrating over from Salesforce to ServiceDesk Cloud. I have a huge set of old cases to import from SF which will collide with my issues unless I change my JIRA numbering system.

Thanks in advance!


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The way that I achieve this is to import a record via CSV and specify the Key value in the CSV file.  So if I want to set the start number to TS-1000 then I would import a record with a key value of TS-999, when I next create a new issue / record in JIRA it will assign it a value of TS-1000.


Once a record has been created in the front end you can delete the record you imported via CSV

This worked for me on JSM Data Center. Thanks for the suggestion.

Jack Brickey
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Mar 28, 2022

@Simon O_Brien , would you mind providing more detail on your solution? I was just running a quick test in Jira cloud and what's unable to accomplish this as there is no means of mapping the issue Key.

@Brent Nye , I see you are using Data Center, I wonder if it is different than cloud.

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Nov 14, 2023

You can do this with CSV import, which lets you specify a Issue Key.. i.e. BLAH-1000


The only way to change the default starting number (pcounter) for the issue key (in Service Desk Cloud) is to submit a ticket to Atlassian Support and have them make the change. I was able to change my value this way.

Couple of things to consider:

1. You will need to confirm that all existing issues in the sequence have been removed, as once the counter is reset, it will continue the sequence if a previous issue is detected. For example, if you have existing issues PK-123, PK-124, PK-125 and you wish to change the pcounter to 500, you will need to delete all the PK-12* issues. Otherwise even after the reset the counter will detect PK-125 and use PK-126 for the next issue.

2.  You will need to give Atlassian Support access to your project so they can make the change.

Hope this helps!

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Joe Pitt
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Apr 20, 2020

You can't. I suggest creating a field named Salesforce ID and populate it from the import and only put the field on the view screen. Then it can be searched on.

Thanks Joe - so it clear we users cannot reset the counter ourselves.

I also logged a issue with Atlassian Support. Judging from their response, it appears that they have the ability to reset the value for us and are willing to do so. Still waiting for them to complete this but will update this thread once I see the result!

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