difference between built in and custom fields

Is there a difference in performance between custom fields and built in jira fields?

I found in the documentation that built in fields aren't searchable through quicksearch. Are there any other features they lack?

2 answers

1 accepted

1 votes

The main difference is structural, although that's on two levels.

In the database, the system fields are stored mostly on the issue table and hence always exist, even when empty. Some, like versions and components, are stored by links in other tables. Custom fields are more simple in many ways - they're all stored in one place, with a set of lookup tables.

From the UI point of view, system fields are fixed in place - you get them on every issue, you can hide or ignore some of them, but you can't add them. You get a whole swathe of functionality around them, but it's mostly static and not changeable. Custom fields lack all that functionality, but you can add as many as you want.

Perf: Obviously, it really depends on the programmer(s). There are good programmers (and good CFs) and there are bad programmers (and bad CFs). That's not a question, IMNSHO.

Features: it really depends on the intended purpose, time (cost). Some choose to implement everything, some only a few things, etc.

Suggest an answer

Log in or Join to answer
Community showcase
Sarah Schuster
Posted Jan 29, 2018 in Jira

What are common themes you've seen across successful & failed Jira Software implementations?

Hey everyone! My name is Sarah Schuster, and I'm a Customer Success Manager in Atlassian specializing in Jira Software Cloud. Over the next few weeks I will be posting discussion topics (8 total) to ...

3,138 views 13 19
Join discussion

Atlassian User Groups

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find a group

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find my local user group

Unfortunately there are no AUG chapters near you at the moment.

Start an AUG

You're one step closer to meeting fellow Atlassian users at your local meet up. Learn more about AUGs

Groups near you
Atlassian Team Tour

Join us on the Team Tour

We're bringing product updates and pro tips on teamwork to ten cities around the world.

Save your spot