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How do I find all labels in Jira?

I would like to see a list of all labels that are currently in use in Jira. How might I do that?

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Hi @An Le Nguyen you can use REST API endpoint:

Your request can look like

You need to use pagination if you have more than 1000 labels, so just let me know if it is your case and we can work on it

@Martin Bayer _MoroSystems_ s_r_o__ 

Thanks for the link to the REST API endpoint! It solved my problem. I do have a couple of areas where that article could be improved, though. (I also left this as feedback on that page.)

For cURL, please add some notes for Windows users:

  1. cURL in Windows must use double quotes (") not single quotes (')! Single quotes will not work with in Windows!!
  2. Remove the \ before copy and pasting. No newlines allowed.
  3. Be aware that <API_TOKEN> should be removed ENTIRELY, including the less than and greater than signs (< >).

It took a bit if of futzing around for me to figure this out. The article got me 95% of the way there, but the last bits were slowing me down.

Oh, also:

  1. To generate an API token
    2. Click on "Create and manage API tokens"
    3. Click "Create API Token"
    4. Name it
    5. Copy the API token somewhere safe
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I'm glad you figured something out, but honestly, we should not need to learn how to use REST API endpoints to get a list of what labels are in Jira.

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Jack Brickey Community Leader Aug 23, 2021

Here is one thing you could do - use this JQL labels is not empty  to find all issues that have a label. Export this list, I recommend removing as many columns as possible if you have a large database. Then use excel formulas such as pivot table to find up every unique label. Not glamorous but it will work.

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Hi everyone,

If you want to have a nice interface to view all labels as well as manage (view all labels in a project or all projects in one place, rename or merge and delete if needed), please try our app:

Label Manager for Jira Cloud

You can also search Atlassian Marketplace for relevant apps here if you need something else.

Hi @Martin Bayer _MoroSystems_ s_r_o__ , 

Can you share how to use pagination if you have more than 1000 labels?

Thank you in advance for your assistance on this!

Hi @Magdalena Zhisheva you need to use query parameters

  • startAt
  • maxResults

For example if your page has two elements you need to invoke

  • {URL}/rest/api/3/label?startAt=0&maxResults=2 -  get first and second label
  • {URL}/rest/api/3/label?startAt=2&maxResults=2 -  get third and second fourth
  • ...
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