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JQL: Search for all issues without associated epics


I'm trying to create a filter that returns all the issues with no epic associated.

I've searched and tried '"Epic Link" = EMPTY order by created DESC' but it does not return any results, wich is not correct because there are many issues without an associated epic .

I don't know if it is relevant but I'm using only next-gen projects.

Thanks in advance!

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Daniel Turczanski - JQL Search Extensions
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Mar 05, 2020 • edited Sep 18, 2020

In next-gen projects it's the parent field that points to the epic.  This returns the issues without epics:

parent is empty

It works! Thanks a lot!

This does not work for me. Included in the results are many items that do have an epic. 

To get a list of just the tickets without epics, I added "AND type not in (Epic), otherwise I got all the tickets without Epics along with all the Epic tickets.

parent is EMPTY AND type not in (Epic)

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Jack Brickey
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Feb 17, 2020

Well for Classic it would be Epic Link is Empty. But for NG you can’t use that as the epic link is empty for all issues. Odd I know. They are working on a solution last time I checked. 

Thanks! NG projects are good but it seems that are far from being completed. It's a pity.

We will have to wait for the solution....

On our Jira (v8.20.10) it had been renamed "Epic Link" as Siddharth mentioned, but the 'is' did not work, so my final search was:


project = <MYPROJECTNAMEHERE> AND type = Story AND "Epic Link" = EMPTY

Mauricio Borges
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Mar 02, 2023

Worked for me

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Jayadev BS
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Apr 09, 2023
The best I explored is: 

"Epic Link" = EMPTY AND type != Epic 

how can i filter the tasks in an epic that do not have an epic link?

I have tried with this JQL but it doesn't give me results.

project = "BSAN­ Implantacion SIREC ­ 20223.1" and "Epic Link" is EMPTY and issuetype =Task AND "Epic Name" ~ "Fase de Despligue"

None of the above worked. This is what worked for me:

"Epic Link" is EMPTY and type not in (Epic, Subtask, Sub-task)

Epiclink=null works for me.

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