How do I create links between child and parent issues when importing CSV?

I am importing a list of issues via CSV.

One issue is an Epic. The rest are Sub-Tasks of that Epic.

After creation, the opening the Epic correct shows all of the Sub-Tasks. I can click on them inside the Epic to open an individual Sub-Task.

After opening a Sub-Task, there is no link back to the parent. 

How do I create that link in the CSV so that it appears after import?

1 answer

Hi William.

You can use 2 extra fields in file to create sub-tasks.

  • In your file you should use 2 additional columns whose headings should be named similarly to Issue Id and Parent Id.
  • Ensure each regular (non sub-task) issue is given a unique (sequential) number in the Issue Id column. Do not include any value in the Parent Id fields for regular issues.
  • To create a sub-task of a regular issue (or to link an issue with other) in your file, reference the unique Issue Id number of the regular issue in the Parent Id column. Do not include any value in the Issue Id fields for sub-tasks


Thanks for the response. I've already done that, though. The part I've done successfully is using the Issue ID and Parent ID to successfully create Epics and Sub-Tasks. The problem lies in the Issue Links. No link is created in the Issue Links section. I can't clink a link to get back to the Epic from inside the Sub-task.

Suggest an answer

Log in or Join to answer
Community showcase
Sarah Schuster
Posted Jan 29, 2018 in Jira

What are common themes you've seen across successful & failed Jira Software implementations?

Hey everyone! My name is Sarah Schuster, and I'm a Customer Success Manager in Atlassian specializing in Jira Software Cloud. Over the next few weeks I will be posting discussion topics (8 total) to ...

2,853 views 12 18
Join discussion

Atlassian User Groups

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find a group

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find my local user group

Unfortunately there are no AUG chapters near you at the moment.

Start an AUG

You're one step closer to meeting fellow Atlassian users at your local meet up. Learn more about AUGs

Groups near you
Atlassian Team Tour

Join us on the Team Tour

We're bringing product updates and pro tips on teamwork to ten cities around the world.

Save your spot