How do I set Epic clones to include Tasks and Sub-tasks when cloned?

Is this only available with a plug-in?

Thank you!


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Hi Matt,

At the moment, JIRA won't include the linked issues to an epic when you clone that epic.  But there is a feature request for this in

I would recommend voting and watching that issue for updates.

In the meantime, there are possibly a number of different plugins to JIRA that might be able to help here.  I think that the Issue Template for JIRA specifically has a section on Copy Epic that I think might be able to help you do this.

Thanks for the response and info, Andy! I was afraid of that. So then, how does Atlassian and JIRA provide clients a way of creating parent-level type templates, with child-level records as part of them, for easy cloning when working on similar projects that start off with a base "shell"? Templates save teams time and help make them more efficient.

Did this feature used to exist and they "turned it off"? I could swear I utilized it back in 2014-15 (different instance/account, of course) on the Epic level.

Thanks again, and have an excellent week!

Oh -- thanks for the Marketplace option, too. We need it on the Epic level as well. I see the following app, yet it is only for Server.

Hi Matt,

To the best of my knowledge, JIRA has never provided such a means in regards to the copying of projects / project templates before.   But it could have been there was a 3rd party plugin in the past that might have been helping with providing that specific functionality.

I thought the Issue Templates for JIRA might be able to help since it is a Cloud plugin, but if that doesn't help, then it sounds more like you are looking to clone an entire project in JIRA.   If that's the case, then I would recommend sneaking a peek at the KB How to copy projects in JIRA Cloud?

This KB points out this isn't native functionality, but that there are other plugins like the JIRA Command Line Interface that have functions built into them that could help with the copying of such data.

Not sure if this helps, but we bought the JIRA Command Line Interface add-on, which enabled us to clone:

  • the EPIC,
  • the issues under the EPIC,
  • the sub-tasks under the EPIC,
  • the sub-tasks under the issues under the EPIC,
  • as well as linked JIRA tasks on any of the above

Here is the command that does all of the above:

jira --action cloneIssues --jql "project=ABC and 'Epic Link' = ABC-123 or IssueKey = ABC-123" --copySubtasks --copyLinks

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