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How do you clone multiple stories?

We want to clone a series of stories all at the same time. Is there a way to do this through JIRA?

Example is:

- We have 20 stories associated with each new project.

- We want to be able to use the old 20 stories (for a previous project) but with the new project name.

- If there are other ways besides cloning - like batch story creation - that would be great as well.



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You can't clone to another project without a plugin like Clone Plus Plugin for JIRA (not available with OnDemand). However, you can create issues via JIRA Command Line Interface using createIssue. See also How to create projects or sets of issues based on a template.

Can the stories be cloned to next sprint? Instead of moving them to next sprint i want to create a duplicate story , will cloning work for this?

hey dimpy, why would you want to do that? there may be another way to get what you're after, sorry this reply is so slow!

Or you can export all the fields to CSV file, and then import them again

Can you expand on this? Looking to clone an Epic with multiple stories attached. Could we export an Epics data with attached stories and import to create a new epic with stories attached? 

We are using the cloud based product. 

I think what hes saying is, if you use the JQL "Epic Link" = aa-123 to find you epic, click the download button and export the full results to a CSV. you can then go "issues > more > ... > import issues from CSV" and use your downloaded file to create a bunch of new issues matching the originals

Ive never tried this so you may have to play about with the downloaded CSV to get the right setup (removing the issue key column for instance). The link below should help with that.

Hi Toby,

I tried the download method you suggested, but I am only seeing the option to download as XML (or Word doc, weirdly enough). Any idea of how to download directly as a CSV?


@Toby Moore, sorry, mentioning you in hopes you may see this!

hi @Max Diener,

If you are in the Issue Navigator screen, where you filter issues, you should find "Export Excel CSV (all fields)" and "Export Excel CSV (current fields)" options under the Export icon (screen top right).

After you export the list of stories (that you need to clone), you can import them again (which will create new stories) after applying any modifications on the exported file.

Import can be done from the 3 dots menu (screen top right), you will find option "Import issues from CSV"

and if need to clone also the Epics associated to these stories, you need to do the same with the Epics (Export then Import), and then do the Export-Import to the stories (after referencing the new Epics in the exported CSV of stories).

This may not the optimal solution for your problem, but at least it is a workaround, instead of cloning stories one by one.

Like Guillermo Marqueta likes this

@Max Diener I have attached two pictures which show where the options are. can you see them on your issue search?

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Yes, these are the options I meant

Interesting--I do not see those options, I can only see the following:

Example Download Formats.PNG

I tried to export as XML and then convert to CSV using an online tool, but had no luck. I am the admin of our JIRA instance, so I don't think it's a permissions issue. Any other thoughts on what might be causing this?

I think I have my answer--when I click directly on the hyperlink to the Epic Summary, it presents me a limited view of options. However, when I navigate to the group of issues through the issue navigator's Advanced Search, I see the full menu of export options, as described above.

Thanks to @essam and @Toby Moore for your help!! Very much appreciated

yeh that will be your issue! hope it works.

Future plans to provide this within the On-Demand framework, Andrej?

+1 for Atlassian cloud support


That's not free anymore

For Jira Cloud we released an app that makes that possible.

With Deep Clone for Jira you can Bulk Clone and move hundreds of issues in one action.

You just have to filter for the issues you want to copy and then use the Bulk Clone function.

Hi, does this copy across the Xray test steps as well?

Welcome to the community, @Kirsten Dalton.

Unfortunately Xray is currently not supported by Deep Clone. 

Feel free to contact our support and share your use case with us. This helps us to prioritize. 

No default means through the 0n-Demand infrastructure.

But, I bet a simple request through your Atlassian support channel could tackle the work for you at the db level. Don't quote me;).

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David Atlassian Team May 21, 2013

There's not bulk operation for cloning in JIRA's interface, but you can do a search via the issue navigator and use the gear icon to clone each ticket.

It's not the most ideal, but it's faster than opening each individual ticket.

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