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Order of Subtasks within a Parent Task

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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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!



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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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.

This totally works, Tanner! Thanks!

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

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

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

Wow. Brilliant. Thanks @Tanner Wortham.

Works like a charm!

Wow... Major timesaver! Thanks!

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?

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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.

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Thank you, @Tanner Wortham. Saved my day.

Thank you @Tanner Wortham...a lot =)

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?

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

To get this to work, I had to unescape several characters in the bookmarklet code. Basically, copy the code Tanner provided into a text editor, then find & replace the following:

  • &gt; change to >
  • &lt; change to <
  • &amp; change to &

Use the updated code to create your bookmark, and you should be in good shape.

Here is the updated code as per Steve Bliss above but I still couldn't get it to work. 

Is it supposed to work when the task in question (which has subtasks) is in the lightbox, or when you open a direct URL to it? ie:

javascript&colon;(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;}});})()


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Installed. Works Great! Recommended to my team.

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

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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

As of the latest version of Jira Cloud, you can now reorder sub-tasks using drag and drop.

I tried to find the drag and drop capability ... couldn't find it. Do you have some documentation showing how and where you can do it ?

Hi Herve,

I don't have any documentation, I'm just a customer like you :-)

To use it, open a story that has multiple sub-tasks and drag them around to re-order them. This is in Jira Cloud, not the server version. If it doesn't work you should probably put a ticket in to Atlassian.

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



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.


Finally solved this for a next-gen project. Perhaps it's mentioned somewhere but I couldn't find it. Here's how I managed to do it...

I could not find any way to do this when viewing an issue, in detail view or otherwise.

What I had to do was go to the board and select "Group By" and then "Subtask" at the top right. This then enables you to change the order of the subtasks. Some info on accessing this here, although not specifically relating to reordering, just to accessing that subtask view.

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.

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"

Thanks Tanner...a lot =)

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)

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:

Thank you! :)


I implemented a subtask re-ordering a bit like what I think you mean here with the 'data panels' feature of the plugin "Elements Copy&Sync" (formerly exocet) :

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