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Is it possible to change the color of status (other than to do, in progress, done)


I have a workflow with statuses (with more statuses than just ToDo, I Progress and Done). I would like to color them differently. 

Is this possible ?

Thanks for your help

2 answers

Hi @Charles Delaporte 

The status colours refer to status categories - To Do (Grey), In Progress (Blue) and Done (Green)

On classic workflows, you can change the colour of a status between these categories - but this is applied site-wide rather than per flow. To do this you'll need to be a Jira Admin:

  1. Go to Jira Settings > Issues > Statuses (on the left-hand menu)
  2. Press Edit next to the status you want to change the category for
  3. Change the Category and press Save

Next-Gen works differently - as the workflow is based on the board, the first column/status is in the "To Do" category, the last in "Done" and everything inbetween is in the "In Progress" category.

If you want more colours, you'll need to get an app for this - such as New Status Colors PRO for Jira Cloud


When was this change implemented for Server? I've seen Blue - Amber - Green on most versions until we just updated to 8.5

Hi @Lacey McDonnell 

I don't know which version it was but it wasn't recent - likely an update as part of Server Version 8.

Its been in Cloud for the last 2-3 years.


Following your instructions, I'm able to change the category of the status label, say, from "to do" to "in progress". 

I think what people are asking is "Can we have the old color scheme back?"  In particular, can a Jira Administrator edit the color that is associated with all of the "in progress" status categories so that it is the old amber color rather than the new blue color?

Hi @Chrisjir Parkin 

Not natively, you'd need to use an app like suggested in the answer below.


Its posible to use a custom color to a custom status?

Hi @Cristhian Benitez 

If you want custom colours, you'll need to get an app for this - such as New Status Colors PRO for Jira Cloud


Does that add-on work with next-gen? I am trying this out now and cannot figure out how to get it to work.

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