Import attachments after initial import

About a month ago I imported a bunch of issues to a 5.2.11 Jira using CSV. It turns out that there were attachments that should have come with those issues. So I am now hoping to update all the imported issues, adding the appropriate attachments.

Things I can do/have done:

-Put all the attachments in <JIRA HOME>/import/attachments/

- Set up the CSV file so that each issue has a line including issuekey, summary, list of attachments in format "date;user;file://filename_on_disk" (as described in

However, it says here ( that this will blow away all other fields of the issues. Is this really true? It doesn't/I can't tell it to leave other fields as-is?

Do I have to dump all the existing data for these issues, include it all in my CSV, and re-import it all? That seems crazy. Is there a way to make these kind of bulk updates?

I'd appreciate any help! Thanks

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Ok, Thanks for the suggestions, but it turns out the Jira REST API can do this, which avoids:

-having to dump and entire project, fiddle with the data, and reimport (which is super prone to errors)

-buying a third-party plugin

Here's the page that describes it:

After creating a .csv file that matched up the issues with the attachments I wanted in each, I wrote a simple bash script that ran through the file and called that curl command for each line, of the form:

while IFS="," read filename issuekey
	curl -D- -u user:password -X POST -H "X-Atlassian-Token: nocheck" -F "file=@path/to/local/$filename" http://JIRA_BASE_URL:8080/rest/api/2/issue/$issuekey/attachments
done &lt; $inputFile
echo "done"

Hopefully that helps anyone looking to do this in the future...

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Hi Ryan

Re-importing a csv on the same project will wipe off all existing data.

What i suggest you is take export of existing data in a csv, add the attachment information and import it back on a separate project.


Tim Evans Atlassian Team Jan 16, 2015

In this case Ryan is not importing data from a CSV file. The CSV contains the filenames and issuekeys and is used by the script to add attachments to existing issues using the REST API.

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Another option is to just add the attachments to the existing issues. Especially better if you have active users as this can be done while active. You could create a file (with actions) with the specific attachment details and use the run action or use runFromCsv explained here: How to use runFromCsv . In either case, the critical action you need is addAttachment .

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