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How can I create a story with an epic link when an epic is created with Automation for JIRA?

andreas Rising Star Mar 20, 2017

I'd like to create a story automatically when an epic is created with a link back to this epic using Automation for JIRA.

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andreas Rising Star Mar 20, 2017

So for now you still need to use the 'Advanced block' in create issue to achieve this.  Here's an example rule:

Project automation - Code Barrel JIRA 2017-03-21 09-57-01.png


  • When an issue is created
  • We check that it's an Epic
  • Then we create a story and in the advanced block set the 'Epic Link' of this story to the issue that was just created.

This is what you need in 'Advanced':

    "fields": {
        "Epic Link": "{{issue.key}}"



Thank you so much, your answer helped me.

Hi, I'm currently evaluating this addon and am unable to set the epic link using this suggestion. I get the following error:

Unknown fields set during create. Fields ignored -
Epic Link (customfield_10009)
Error creating issue
Operation value must be a number (customfield_12600)


Can you help?

So I removed the offending error that caused the automation to not create an issue, but I'm still getting an issue with epic link:

Unknown fields set during create. Fields ignored -
Epic Link (customfield_10009)
Issues created successfully

I guess it might be helpful to note this is what my advanced block looks like:

    "fields": {
        "Epic Link": "{{issue.key}}",
        "timetracking": {
              "originalEstimate": "{{issue.fields.customfield_12600}}",
              "remainingEstimate": "{{issue.fields.customfield_12600}}"

Nevermind solved it. Epic Link field needs to be on the create screen for this to work.

Works - Thank you !

What if a triggering issue is creating an Epic and a Story?  How do we get the Epic link correct on the Story?  Else the trigger simply creates both unlinked.

I'd like to use if assignee in (group a, b c)


   Create Epic in assignee's project

   Create Story in assignee's project


But in creating the Story I need to know how to link to the Epic just created.

Thank You! This was very helpful

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