What's the syntax for checkboxes in JIRA issues?

As a power user, I want to be able to write checkboxes in my issues, so that I can manage my issues and subtasks better.

 

GitHub provides

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for this. Could there be a similar syntax for checkboxes in JIRA?

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There's a couple of things you might mean here.

First, do you mean as part of the text?  The rich text boxes have tick and cross amongst others.

Second, do you mean as a field?  As an admin, you can add multi-checkbox fields.

Yes, as part of the text. I can't see any rich text option for this (at least in the free BitBucket plan). Even if I did, I want to be able to create checkboxes by using Markdown syntax, rather than hitting a bunch of GUI buttons.

Ok, the text boxes have "renderers". If you're using a plain renderer, there's not a lot you can do. But if you swap to a rich renderer, then it'll accept and display wiki markup. You can change the renderer for a field in the project's "field configuration" (note that the renderer only applies to rendering, the underlying data in the field does not change) Once you're in a rich field, you can use ( / ) and ( x ) to get the marks I gave in my answer - remove the spaces from what I've just typed though! There are others - try ? and ! for example.

Ah, makes sense. I don't see Field Configuration in my project's settings.

Sorry, it should be "Field configuration scheme". That scheme tells the project what "field configuraition" to use for each issue type in your project (there's a good chance that there is only one field configuraion in use)

Hi there,

You can try Smart Checklist Jira plugin:

https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/rw-smart-checklist-biz/cloud/overview

It provides you with exactly what you were looking for:

  • Managing several tasks within one Jira issue by creating checklists
  • Changing an item's status (within the checklist) from ToDo to In Progress, or Done.
  • View the issue progress from the Agile board, as for example 12/30, where 30 - the total number of items on the list, and 12 - the completed one's.
  • You can also use the editor which support Markdown formatting syntax (which is good for creation of big lists with headlines and groups) 

If you have any additional questions, feel free to ask!

Hi Andrew,

You can try using Smart Checklist Jira plugin:

https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/rw-smart-checklist-biz/cloud/overview

It provides you with exactly what you were looking for:

  • Create checklists within the issue from the Agile board issue view - inline.
  • You can also use the full-screen editor which supports Markdown formatting syntax (which is good for creation of big lists with headlines and groups) 

If you have any additional questions about the plugin, please let me know!

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