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Can I clone a Jira epic and will it pick up the features, user stories, Xray Test Plan, test cases

Deleted user Feb 09, 2023

I'm setting up a Jira project and plan to use Xray.  My structure will be



User Stories

Test Plan

Test Cases

I want to be able to keep a set of "pristine" Epics (with all of the items listed) and clone the Epic every time I need to run all of the tests in the plan.  If I can clone the epic, will it pick up the entire structure listed?

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Marlene Kegel - codefortynine
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Feb 15, 2023

Hi @[deleted]

I am Marlene from codefortynine.

I believe Deep Clone for Jira would be suitable for your use case.

With our App you can clone Epics and larger issue hierarchies. 

It is also possible to clone Xray Tests along with Test Details. Unfortunately, we do not support cloning Test Plans at the moment. 

So you should be able to clone the following:

  • Epic 
  • Features
  • User Stories
  • Test Plan
  • Test Cases

You can test all features of our app for free, so you won't have to pay in order to understand if Deep Clone for Jira is suitable for you.

Don't hesitate to reach out to us directly if you have questions or feedback.

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Stefan Salzl
Community Leader
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Feb 11, 2023 • edited

Hi @[deleted] and welcome to the community,

I´m not quite sure if I understand correctly. So did I get that right you´d like to have something like a "template" structure that will always create the same way whenever you create a new epic?

If this is not the case please describe what you are trying to achieve from a use case perspective.

Thanks in advance.


Deleted user Feb 12, 2023

Hi Stefan

I plan on having 8 different epics with corresponding features, user stories, test cases, and test plans.  This is not for any sort of application development effort, rather it's for IT Control testing.  There would be epics for Incident Management, Asset Management, etc and you could consider them a template to be cloned and utilized depending on which IT Control we'd be testing in a given quarter.  

So, for instance we'd clone the Change Management epic and execute the corresponding tests against the clone, recording test execution status, defects, and any tweaks to the test plans as needed.   When we need to test Change Management controls again we'd clone again from the "golden copy" epic and conduct testing inside the clone again.  Hope that explanation helps.

Stefan Salzl
Community Leader
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Feb 16, 2023

Hi @[deleted] 

deep cloning is not possible out of the box in Jira.

Furthermore I would like to ask if there is a special reason to do it exactly this way?

Xray is meant to have repeateable test cases but not in the way of cloning them. Just to get you right: you would execute exactly the same Test case right? therefore copying/cloning everything would be completly controverse to xray functionality.

Please read concepts and organization of test/test sets here:


Deleted user Feb 17, 2023

So it looks like my approach isn't the best way to deal with the testing challenges.  If I create a Control Testing project in Jira and add all of my test cases to that project can I create another project, let's say for Q3 testing, create a test repository in that project and pull in test cases from the initial Control Testing project?  I think the folder organization aspect of the repository would lend itself well to just including the tests for specific controls required in that quarter.

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