How do I clone a project?

We have a template project and would like to create new projects using the same configuration. Where is the button to do that?

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Timothy Chin Community Champion May 07, 2016

This question should be getting a new answer. You can indeed create a new project with an existing project as a template.

  • When you create a new project from a template, that project is created with its own fresh set of schemes. These schemes are:
    • a permission scheme
    • a notification scheme
    • an issue security scheme
    • a workflow scheme
    • an issue type scheme
    • an issue type screen scheme
    • a field configuration scheme

Works for JIRA 7 and above.



@Timothy Chin can you tell me exactly how to create a new project with an existing project as a template. that will really help me so far

From the documentation:

"When you are creating a new project, select Create with shared configuration to select an existing project and to use that project's schemes. Note that when you're sharing schemes, any change to the scheme will affect all the projects using that scheme."

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Well, this does not copy anything. However, quite handy.

Specifically - it doesn't copy the components from the previous project :(

I get a 500 error message when trying to clone a project

Definitely need the ability to copy an entire project

hi, does anybody know whether any of the cloning project add-ons you can get on-line enable cloning of other add-on data? I'm working with ATM as a Test Management Add-on to JIRA and want to be able to clone a project including Test Management set up so that I can have a full project template complete with TM aspects for use by new projects.

Ridiculous? Not hardly. Dismissing this feature out of hand is shortsighted.

This is really inconvenient. Clone of a project should be really easy to add as a feature. 

Yes needs to as a feature. 

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Joe Wai Tye Atlassian Team Sep 05, 2013

Hi Luciano,

Alternatively, if your instance is not compatible with the plugin mentioned by Timothy, you could use the JIRA CLI plugin as mentioned in this KB - Clone/Copy and Entire JIRA Project

Joe Wai Tye Atlassian Team Sep 05, 2013

Or, if you're just not that keen on plugins, you could do it the old-fashioned way : Exporting a backup, and then performing project imports.

We use Jira OnDemand, will the JIRA CLI plugin also work here and how would the CLI command look like?

Yes and here is the documentation link: JIRA Command Line Interface.

More specifically, you will need the cloneProject action with the parameters that match your requirements. It provides granularity in what aspects of the project to copy, so you need to specify.

But don't I have to buy that plugin license to be allowed to use the JIRA CLI which is not available for OnDemand?

Yes, I recommend a trial license to verify this is a good solution for you.

  1. Go to CLI Plugin for JIRA
  2. Try it free
  3. It is a download plugin, but you do not need to install it. It is just for licensing.
  4. Install the client - see Installation and Use

I cannot understand why my credentials don't work even if I am an admin

this doesn't work for cloud and it's a paid add on.

Hi Luciano,

You can use the Copy project buildin script.


Onkar Ahire

Hello All,


Any news for this? Should be really easy to do, just duplicate a project.



Still can't clone a project but the workaround is to clone issues. Since you can perform mass actions to them in the issues navigator and can find all necessary issues in a given project with needed criteria.

Just to update this thread.  

  1. Create Project.
  2. Choose a Template. Scroll to the bottom of the list and Choose "Create with Shared Configuration".
  3. Choose a project from the list that you want to "clone"

Just remember that changes to the original will affect the clone.  you can, however, customise your new project separately (I assume that if you then change the original it only changes the non-customised parts).

What does this copy exactly? All the schemes associated with a project? (Issue Type, Workflow, Screens, Fields, Permissions, Notifications?) Does this ALSO bring over the Components? I need a global field with the same data inside every single project at our organization and would like to use Components in this manner but hella forum posts suggest this is not possible to use as a global field. This seems to be a VERY common request.

We don't have a "Jira Admin" position at our company and we don't want to lose ANY engineering velocity setting up a new project with the appropriate fields/data. We want to empower engineers to make new projects with ease. Please help.

Give the above suggestion a try and then check the results to confirm if it carries across your desired settings.

Ooo Ooo I know the answer: it doesn't.

The specific item that Kateri was asking about is Components, and these are not copied in projects created with shared configuration.

In fact, that is why it is called "Create with shared configuration" and not "Clone", and also why this isn't the solution for this question.

Typically, people who are looking to clone projects want to do so because there are items like components and even tickets that should be cloned - the default set of tickets that all projects should have.

So do we have any concrete way of cloning the project, When I say "Cloning", Literally copying everything. (Just a clone of my project)!?

I did this the other day and was able to copy a project, the entire set up, permissions, workflows, permissions, everything.  It was awesome.  This is available when you click to create a new project, there is an option to "share settings with an existing project", when selected, it creates your new project with all the settings from that project you choose.

This is not a clone, as other have observed.

This is what it says it is:  a new project with shared settings.

A clone would have a copy of all tickets, so the master serves as a starting point for new projects with all the same default tickets etc.

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@Martin Gregory Yes, you are right, I am looking for a full clone of a project from classic to Next-Gen, Not just the settings.

@Erika Sa Can you please help us with this?

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I can't believe there's no solution for this. Most development and project management apps have this feature.

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