Jira workflow export not including screens and custom fields

I have created a custom workflow + new screen + few custom fields on my test Jira environment. Exported this workflow, and tried to import in production Jira instance, but I see that only workflow is imported, not the related screens and custom fields in theat screen

Following are the details about my workflow:

  • First created new custom fields
  • created new screen using these custom fields
  • created new workflow and assigned above screen to a transition.

Export procedure:

  • opened workflow in view mode
  • exported as workflow (not xml)

import procedure on another Jira instance:

  • imported the .jwb file
  • On final import confirmation page, I saw that Jira detected only workflow stated, and not screens and custom fields.
  • After import, cannot see screen and custom fields in system.

I was under impression that if custom fields are included in screen which is attached to workflow transition, then it should be automatically included in workflow .jwb export. But it's not working, can anyone point me to solution?

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Fields and screens are NOT part of the workflow. They are configured in Jira and then referred to (if needed) by the workflow.

I'm not sure where you got the impression that they are in the workflow from. You will need to create supporting screens and fields in the target Jira if you want to move a workflow from one system to another (without using a workflow bundle)

@Nic: take example of following workflow from marketplace- https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/com.atlassian.workflow.bundles.recruitmentworkflow

when I import this workflow, along with states, it does import screens and custom fields. please find attached import screenshot as proof of this.

Sounds like you have used the standard export and not a Jira workflow bundle - that's what my answer was about.

I did use Jira workflow export, and not simple XML export. Exported file was with JWB extension.

Ummm. Is there an answer for this? I'm about to attempt the same scenario...export to JWB file and import to a separate JIRA instance. This will save me a LOT of time if it works. I'm using JIRA 6.3.10 The discussion seems to have ended on an inconclusive note.

I have tried this out myself and it is true that screens and custom fields are imported when you import a workflow into JIRA Server from a .jwb file. I exported a workflow with 1 screen and 3 custom fields associated ('As Workflow' to .jwb file) from a JIRA 7.3 instance. I then imported it into a JIRA 6.3 instance. The screen and custom fields were created when the workflow was imported.

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