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How to set default issue link type?



Is there any way to set the default issue link type, when I create a linked issue? I wanted to use the "relates to" link type by default, but don't want to delete the others.

Or how can I sort the existed issue link types (if it is possible)?


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Hopefully this helps:

It appears you can achieve this by adjusting the name. The sort is based of the name value (alphabetically). What I did was edit the types and added a number series in front of the name and it sorted in numeric order. You do not necessarily need to change the values in the Outward or Inward descriptions unless you desire to. Once you go back to your issue or create a new issue the proper sort will be in place the way you designed it. For us we wanted related to the default. 

 Issues Linking Type.png


worked for me.

I put 1 in front of Relates and now Relates to displays in first.

Like Raja Nagendra Kumar likes this

Unfortunately, this trick won't help if you want to have one of the "inward descriptions" on top pf the list...

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Brant Schroeder Community Leader Oct 18, 2017

Issue links are ordered alphabetically based on the link name.  If you have a link type that you would like to place at the top of the list place a * in front of the link name.  This will place it at the top making the first or default in the list.  The Outward Description and Inward Description can be whatever you would like it to be.

I tried this earlier, but didn't worked for me. :(

Doesn't work for JIRA Service Desk cloud either. I'm going to submit a ticket referencing the article to see if Atlassian can confirm that this workaround is an option.

Tried this as well and did not work!

This did not work for me in the new view or the classic view

Atlassian needs to build an Issue Link Scheme, just like they did with Priorities, except take it to the level of Project AND Issue type. This way for a given Issue Type in a project, I can allow only certain link types and set a default there that is different than the other issuetypes in that project. 

To trick the system to place in the order as you wish, I placed a number in front of the name. suggests that the default link type is the one with the first name alphabetically. But I'm seeing other results in my JIRA instances. The issue in jac is but is Closed, Won't FIx.

Update: it remembers your last choice

Brant Schroeder Community Leader Oct 18, 2017

The * applied to the Name works since the link name is alphabetically ordered.  What you see in the link dropdown will be based on the order of the link name and not alphabetically ordered because it uses the outward and inward descriptions.

Perhaps that's true when you first add a link. After that I think JIRA remembers your last choice?

Thank you for the answers!

I think I found a solution, at least it's working for me. The method is the following:

1. Check, what is the default issue link type now.

2. Go to Issue linking settings, and search for the currently default link type.

3. Edit this, rename the Outward Description of the issue link type by typing a * before its description (for example: *causes)

4. Check again the default issue link type. Is it now what you want? If yes, it's done. If not, then start it again from step 2. (maybe you need to rename the Inward Description too, if the default issue link type is became one of them)

I tested it on 3 different instances and worked, so I hope this is a valid solution. :)

Does this work on the Jira Cloud version?  I tried to put an * in front of the name, outward description and inward description.  It is still showing me "is blocked by" as default when I click onto the "link issues" button on the actual issue itself.  

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