My custom field does not show up in the issue detail view if it has no value

This question is in reference to Atlassian Documentation: Configuring a custom field



I'd like my custom field to show up in the issue detail view, even if there is no value set up for it.

I can't get it to show up.


5 answers

1 vote

No, it won't appear until you have got data in it.  JIRA hides empty fields in an attempt to reduce screen clutter.

This is a normal behavior, only custom fields with values will be shown. You can't change it.

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Thomas Schlegel Community Champion Feb 22, 2016

Hi Maria,

do you mean the detail view of the agile board? If so, you have to add the field to the detail view in the board configuration:

  • Open Board -> Configure
  • Open Issue Detail View 
  • Add your custom field to the issue detail view


I assume "my custom field" means that you have implemented it. In this case, in order to provide a default value, implement the method: com.atlassian.jira.issue.customfields.impl.AbstractSingleFieldType#getDefaultValue(com.atlassian.jira.issue.fields.config.FieldConfig)


I think you can always work around that for your specific field by:

  • Making the field Required
  • Letting <none> to be one of the values (or it may be named as --, for ex)
  • Letting this <none> value to be default value


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