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JIRA Agile and Zephyr: Link Test to Story

Frank Høvin Jan 09, 2014

Is it possible to link a Test to a Story? I've created an Epic, and a Story linked to this. Now I want to create a Test linked to the Story. But the only option I have for the Test is to link it to an Epic, which is really not what I want (this being, as I see it, two different test phases/levels).

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Frank Høvin Jan 14, 2014

I had to find this out for myself: Tests can indeed be linked to a Story - or any other kind of issue. Just not while creating it. It has to be linked manually afterwards. The "Link to Epic" is apparently a rarely used feature, so I'm unsure why it's there when creating the Test.

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Emily Schneider Jan 09, 2014

Hi Frank,

It is important to note that a Zephyr test is a standard JIRA issue type. This means it follows the same rules as any other standard JIRA issue type. One of the abilities of the standard JIRA issue type is that you can link one to another.

My question is, is the Story you want to link the Test to a standard JIRA issue type? Or is it something else like a sub task?

Kind Regards,


Frank Høvin Jan 12, 2014

Hi. The Story is a standard Jira Story. First, I created an Epic issue. Then I created a Story issue, linked to the Epic. It's the Story issue I'd like to link my Test to. (The Test is created from the Tests menu -> Create a Test.)

Here's how I'd like it to be:

Epic 1 <---- Story 1 <--- S-Test 1
Epic 1 <---- Story 2 <--- S-Test 2
                     <--- S-Test 3
Epic 1 <---- Story 3 <---S- Test 4

The reason for this is that I'm exploring Epics as being similar to business requirements, and functional/non-functional/system/etc. requirements as Issues linked to an Epic. Just as a business requirement is on a high level, and has multiple functional etc. requirements linked to it, and Epic gets multiple Stories. And for testing, f.ex. systems testing is done against the Stories (functional etc. requirements), and f.ex. acceptance testing is done against the Epics (business requirements). However, if Zephyr Tests can only be linked to Epics and not Stories, then the test architecture and methodology gets severly limited.

Epic 1 <--- A-test 1

Frank Høvin Jan 13, 2014

For some reason, I didn't see the general option to link issues to eachother. I can, of course, link a Test to a Story with "relates to". I'm unsure if this is the way it's supposed to be done? And I'm wondering why there is an "Epic link" field when creating the test, but no other link field?

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monika jha Mar 03, 2015

Its not an answer to your question but seeking solution to my problem


i am wondering same. DId you find answer to it.
I have one more issue. Is there any way to see to which test case particular defect is linked to.
I can see Epic and defect relationship from Epic. But if i want to make sure if defect is linked or not to test case/epic. Is defect is left standalone?
Have you came across this issue?

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Igor Kosoy Mar 18, 2019

It has been 5 years since this question was posted. Anything changed to make Test Cases creation on the Story view page easier? Thank you.

jamie tannenbaum May 13, 2019

WE created a flex field in the zephyr form to link the tet case to a user story

Igor Kosoy May 13, 2019

The expected functionality would be to add test cases (just like Sub-Tasks ) directly from the User story or Epics story pages. 

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