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In Jira 5.1 , how i can set the assignee default to unassigned in a project?

In Jira 5.1 , how i can set the assignee default to unassigned in a project?

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Joe Wai Tye Atlassian Team Nov 20, 2012

Hi Yash,

I believe that you can set the default assignee to unassigned, however it is only at the project-level, meaning that you would have to set this for individual projects.

Go to the Administration Screen of your Project, then go to the 'People' tab. You should see the 'Default Asignee :' section there. Click on the pencil icon, and you can choose the default assignee to be Unassigned.

You can find a documentation about this here :



  1. Log in as a user with the JIRA Administrators global permission.
  2. Choose Administration at the top right of your screen. Then choose System > General Configuration to open the 'Administration' page.
    (tick) Keyboard shortcut: g + g + start typing general configuration
  3. Scroll to the end of the page and click the Edit Configuration button to edit the three sections as described below:

Under options

Allow unassigned issues is by default is set to OFF. switch it to ON.

Then you will be able to see the option unassigned.

If you have problem with configuring, read this

Hope this helps.


Starting with JIRA 6.0.3, if the "Allow unassigned issues" option is ON then the default assignee for newly-created projects will be "Unassigned".

I want to set , the assignee field to unassigned instead of automatic ,On create screen For a project in jira.

How i can do this?


As I said above, you need to do.The following image will be the result.

Once done, you can achieve your expected outcome in the create screen.

Hope it helps.

Hi Nitram,

The above settings are set properly and i am able to see unassigned option. But on load of the create issue page i want to set the assignee to Unassigned .

You've got two options either leave "project lead" empty then "assignee: automatic" leads to an unassigned issue.

Or second option is to use a post function to update (clear) assignee field.


I am not sure if my comment would help you. Following worked for me, but please note we do not use ondemand we have Jira installed locally on our server. I do not know how much control you have over ondemand installation.

Use this at your own risk. Make sure that you have "Allow Unassigned Issues" option turned on.

Then edit: [JiraInstallationDir]/atlassian-jira/secure/admin/views/addproject.jsp

Change this line

<aui:component label="'assigneeType'" name="'assigneeType'" template="hidden.jsp" theme="'aui'"/>

to this (add value="'3'")

<aui:component label="'assigneeType'" name="'assigneeType'" template="hidden.jsp" value="'3'" theme="'aui'"/>

for version 5.1.8 it was line 101 in addproject.jsp file. restart Jira.

I hope it works for you.

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