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Order of Subtasks within a Parent Task

Jeff White Apr 04, 2013

Is there a way to change to the order sub-tasks when on the Main Screen viewing the Parent Issue? Sometimes I have to insert sub-tasks and it would be helpful to be able to control the order.

short of that , can anyone tell me how the sort is currently ordered?

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Miranda Rawson Atlassian Team Apr 04, 2013

Hi Jeff,

Right now there is no way to reorganize the subtasks. We do have a couple open improvement requests, here and here, but they have been open for a quite a while.

It looks like currently the subtasks are first sorted by what the subtask does (relates to, blocks, etc), in alphabetical order. Next they are sorted by what type of issue they are (bug, task, etc), and finally once more by whether they are open or closed. I hope this helps!



Sandro Noel I'm New Here Jun 10, 2019

You have to be a ticket management software selling company to ironically not be bothered with open tickets..."for a quite a while."

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Tanner Wortham Apr 04, 2013

You can create a bookmarklet with the code below. Once created, you can reorder tasks by drag and drop. This re-order sticks across all users.

  • Create a bookmark with this code:
javascript:(function(){jQuery(function(){jQuery("#issuetable>tbody").sortable({start:function() {old_order=getorder();} ,stop:function(event,ui){new_order=getorder();for(i=0;i<=new_order.length;i++) {id=ui.item[0].id;if(id==old_order[i])oldpos=i;if(id==new_order[i])newpos=i;} jQuery.ajax( {url:'/jira/secure/MoveIssueLink.jspa?id='+jQuery('#key-val').attr('rel')+'&currentSubTaskSequence='+oldpos+'&subTaskSequence='+newpos,} );}});function getorder(){order=[];jQuery('#issuetable>tbody').children('tr').each(function(idx,elm) {if(} );return order;}});})()
  • Go to an issue whose sub-tasks you wish to reorder.
  • Click on the new bookmark you created.
  • Reorder the tasks just as you'd reorder your Netflix queue.
  • Profit.

Zachary Kent Apr 11, 2013

This totally works, Tanner! Thanks!

Hector Galura Sep 18, 2014

I am able to re-order, but the change doesn't stick. Thoughts ?

Bill Oct 23, 2014

Best Jira tip in months! Even if it is almost a couple of years old <blush>

Christian Balzer Nov 19, 2014

Jira Ninja of the Month! You should be awarded a medal!

Dan Nelson May 22, 2015

Wow. Brilliant. Thanks @Tanner Wortham.

Paulius Liekis Sep 30, 2015

Works like a charm!

Neal Miller Dec 03, 2015

Wow... Major timesaver! Thanks!

Tommi Hovi Dec 14, 2015

Hi! I'm new to javascript, so I need a dumb-down version of step: "Create a bookmark with this code". How do I run the code and with what program?

Enrique Ramirez Dec 14, 2015

For example, in Chrome you would go to the menu, select Bookmarks, then Bookmark Manager. Then select the folder you would like to create the bookmark in and right click it and choose Add Page. Give it a name and use the javascript code as the web page URL. Afterwards, log in to Jira, click on a task that has subtasks, and then just click the bookmark so that it can work its magic. In order to make it remember the ordering, however, I had to click on one of the "Move" arrows. See my comment below.

Bo Forberg Axelsen Jun 14, 2016

Thank you, @Tanner Wortham. Saved my day.

Logi Helgu Jun 24, 2016

Thank you @Tanner Wortham...a lot =)

Rob Woodgate Oct 24, 2017

Sadly this doesn't appear to work in Firefox, or at least it doesn't in the latest version of FireFox. When I click the bookmark there is no change in functionality, at all.  :-(

@Tanner Worthamthis is a great idea and I really, really want to use it.  Do you know of any reason it won't work in Firefox, or - hoping desperately - do you have a version that'll work in Firefox?

Randall Kasper May 14, 2019

Chrome here & it never worked for me. I guess it's version-dependent. 

4 votes
Taekyun Kim Jul 25, 2016
Hector Catre Aug 23, 2017

Installed. Works Great! Recommended to my team.

Sridhar Sarnobat Oct 02, 2017

Wow, lifesaver!

Randall Kasper May 14, 2019

The script above doesn't work for me (version dependent?). THIS, however, worked like a champ! Thanks!

2 votes
Rob Calcroft Jun 23, 2015

I adapted @Tanner Wortham's bookmarklet into a working chrome extension, we use this in the office now. here smile you need to enable dev mode on chrome extensions to install this. thanks

1 vote
Andreas Schwarze Apr 19, 2016

For me, the Java Script and the Extension did not work (drag&drop yes, but saving the new positions did not work) so I just changed the URL behind an arrow button manually by copying the link of the arrow button into the browser URL field and changed the "subTaskSequence=" part of the URL to the new position (it´s actually the new position - 1). Not so nice but still time saving...

I tried the JavaScript Bookmark solution in IE 11 and Chrome 49.0 (on Chrome the Extension as well) on a Company Notebook which might has some restrictions...The Company uses JIRA v7.0.10



1 vote
Jerzy Kaminski Sep 01, 2017

I have used the solution posted by Rob Calcroft did not need to enable Dev mode in Chrome extensions just downloaded the jave file from the link he posted and then dragged it over the extensions page and it was added fine. Thanks.

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Enrique Ramirez Sep 24, 2015

I can't believe this still works! In order to make the changes stick I had to click on any of the subtask's "Move" arrows (pretty much clicked down on the last one or up on the first one). Much faster than going one by one clicking on those move arrows.

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Corentin Mehat Apr 12, 2016

I found a solution that I initially posted on



I managed to use the EXOCET plugin to create a new "data-panel" in order to do so :

the JQL used to show the subtasks of the current task beeing :

issuetype in subTaskIssueTypes() ORDER BY "myCF"
0 votes
Logi Helgu Jun 24, 2016

Thanks Tanner...a lot =)

0 votes
Сергій Рябовіл Nov 19, 2018 • edited

You can use ScriptRunner to change a sub-task sequence. In the example below a sub-task will be moved to the end of the list:

import com.atlassian.jira.issue.Issue

def subTaskManager = ComponentAccessor.getSubTaskManager()
def issueManager = ComponentAccessor.getIssueManager()

Issue parentIssue = issueManager.getIssueObject('TEST-100')
Issue subTaskIssue = issueManager.getIssueObject('TEST-200')

List<IssueLink> subTaskIssueLinks = subTaskManager.getSubTaskIssueLinks(
Long currentSeq = subTaskIssueLinks.findIndexOf {IssueLink link -> link.destinationId ==}
Long newSeq = subTaskIssueLinks.size() - 1 // the end of the sub-taks list
subTaskManager.moveSubTask(parentIssue, currentSeq, newSeq)

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Roberta May 22, 2019

Hi all,

Sorry for my transparency. The fact that we had to fix this simple functionality in the browser and not in Jira itself, is it considered resolved? I am shocked to be honest.

When is Atlassian addressing this issue in their application?



Hi Roberta, possibility to order sub-tasks was added in JIRA Server 7.6.0:

Roberta May 22, 2019

Thank you! :)

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