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Can an automation rule be exported or imported?

I want to move an automation from my "test" project to my "live" project within the same jira instance. the projects are otherwise identical, and the rule is somewhat complex. Is there a way to do this without diving into the database?


Thanks all,


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Hi Craig,

Yes, you can copy rules with Automation for Jira.  So  in your 'Live' project you can simply hit the '...' menu top right and select 'Copy rules':


Then you can select the source project & rule you want to copy from your 'test' project.

You can also export/import all rules from a Jira instance as a global admin:


Brant Schroeder Community Leader Oct 10, 2018

Whoops missed it was for automation plugin.

Thank you for replying.


There are tools to copy within a project, but nothing that I saw that will copy from project to project from what I could tell.   Thanks though.

Hi Craig,

So if you use that 'Copy rules' link from my screenshot above, you can copy a rule from one project to another. This is the next screen you get to select the rule you want to copy:



You may have to visit this from the  global admin section 'Automation rules' as a global admin to get the list of full projects.


Thanks, this must be a new version as I don't have that option. I can export all from the global menu however.

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On the Global page you can export and import all the rules as JSON. 

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Brant Schroeder Community Leader Oct 10, 2018

There is no way to export and import an automation.  I believe plugins like this allow you to sync from one instance to another.

If you hold your mouse over the end of your project rules you will see dots appear 



View the rule in question, under the Scope drop-down menu select All projects, or select Multiple project and add (and delete) the ones you want.Screen Shot 2020-05-18 at 5.24.01 PM.png

Multi-projects automation depends on your Jira plan. Make sure that you can use it.

Single project: no limits

Multi-projects: you need the premium version and you have limits.

True, but you can duplicate an automation and therefore have the same automation in multiple projects without the premium price tag.

@Milo Grika I think that was the original question at the start of this thread, though.  How do you easily duplicate an automation from one "single project" to another "single project"?  I haven't been able to do it via an export/import.  I can export an automation from a single project, but I seem to only be able to import it at a global level and am unable to import it to another single project, which is a real bummer.  Thanks.

Found a workaround for this problem, you can create a rule on global/multiproject level, export as json, then import on global level again, but restricting the scope to only one single project.

The imported rule will then show up on project level only.

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