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How to hide subtasks in a kanban board?

In our kanban board for project "Manufacturing" I only want to see stories and tasks, not subtasks. 

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Mikael Sandberg Community Leader Aug 16, 2017

Under Board > configure you can change the filter query that is being used for the board to exclude subtasks.

Thank you.  I do not see Board > Configure, can you elaboarte please?

You need to either own the board or be one of the admins for the board. Whoever created the board for you should be able to either modify the filter or give you admin rights to it. Here is the link to the documentation on how to create a board, which also describe how to modify the filter used,

Currently am an admin but no success on removing the subtasks from the Kanban.  Appreciate any futher ideas or instructions



Mikael Sandberg Community Leader Aug 17, 2017

Did you try changing the filter? This filter should do it for you:

project = X AND issuetype != Sub-task ORDER BY Rank ASC

This is what it would look like:Kanban.pngThe board on the left is showing all issues, including sub-tasks, and the one on the right is using the query above to exclude sub-tasks.

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@Mikael Sandberg is there any way to filter out sub tasks from the board columns, but still make them visible in the detail view (right hand side) when you click a story? When I filter out sub tasks from the board, I get the following message in the detail view:

"3 sub-tasks are being filtered by the board's Saved Filter"

We are using subtasks as work items underneath the overarching user story, and would like to only see stories on the boards, but also be able to review work items (sub tasks) in the detail view as needed.

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Mikael Sandberg Community Leader Jun 29, 2018

@Austin Wakat if you filter out the sub-tasks on the board, all you will see is the message "X sub-tasks are being filtered...". You can still click on the link and it will take you to the detailed view for the parent issue. So the answer to your question is no, you cannot see sub-tasks from the board detailed view if they are filtered out.

@Mikael Sandberg thanks for the quick response! I was afraid that might be your answer. Have you seen better way to represent the relationship of 1 User Story to N Work items in JIRA in a Kanban context?

Mikael Sandberg Community Leader Jun 29, 2018

@Austin Wakat one option would be to use swimlanes and create one that only contains the sub-tasks. You can then minimize that swimlane and still see the sub-tasks when looking at the story in the detail view.

Another suggestion is to use a quick filter to hide the sub-tasks. That way they are visible when you want them to and hidden when you whant them to.

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It works - created Quick Filter with suggested JQL and set  Issue count to exclude sub-tasks. Thank You!

Mike, changing the board filter worked like a charm! Thanks. :)

Dear All, could you let me know which query you choose for the JQL Quick Filter to hide sub-tasks from the board? 

This one suggested does somehow not work. 

project = X AND issuetype != Sub-task ORDER BY Rank ASC


Sorry - UPDATE! WORKS :) Just saw the button on the top. Excellent!

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Thank you very much!

Just wanted to add an alternative way, not using a quick filter.

If you're using a kanban board you can also use Board > Configure > General > Kanban board sub-filter and edit that to be e.g. "(fixVersion in unreleasedVersions() OR fixVersion is EMPTY) and type not in (Sub-task)". That sub-filter only takes effect in the board columns, not in details view.

@fredrik_folkeryd This actually worked perfect for our team!  I appreciate the suggestion!

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Add this to your JQL query, either in the filter for the board or as a quick filter:

type not in (subTaskIssueTypes()) 


Hi @Mikael Sandberg it works great. Thank You.

Can You halp me also with Epics ? What should I add in the JQL command so that there are also no Epics in the view? 

Mikael Sandberg Community Leader Nov 16, 2020

@Witold Klimas if you want to filter out multiple values use the not in function, like this:

issuetype not in (sub-task, epic)

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