Can you create a checklist within a sub-task?

A developer asked if he could create a checklist for his task within a story. Is this possible to configure? If not, is this feature in the backlog for a future release?

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copy and paste into a description box the following and see if that is what you want.

# first item
# second item
## second item - first subitem

Save the description.

Assuming that is what you want, there is suppose to be a circle with a question mark below the description or comment box when you are editing. Click on lists to see more list choices.

You can edit the description and add a complete text to it.

The symbol that looks like a box is the preview button.

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Are you asking if there is any formatting commands to make a list? If so, click on the help icon where you are entering text. It should show you all the various formatting commands. Jira is still using the old way of formatting text using embedded commands.

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I am not sure what you are referring to as the "help" icon.

The developer literally wants a checklist where you check off items he needed to do for a task.

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Why not use sub-tasks?

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Sorry, NM - your description said "task" but your title says "sub-task". Misunderstood what you were asking for! :)

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You could work with linked issues, but it's currently not possible to put sub-tasks in sub-tasks.

I don't know if this is in the development pipeline.

That is a bummer.

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Vote for this task. So it can be added


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Alternatively, you can switch from sub-tasks to the checklist for light requirements. 

Issue Checklist add-on delivers lightweight checklist implementation for Jira Cloud.


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Hi Veronica,

You can try creating checklists from sub-tasks using Smart Checklist Jira plugin:

If you have any additional questions about the plugin, please let me know!

Hi @Olga Rusnak, please see our guidelines for marketplace vendors, particularly this section:

No spamming: Although you are welcome to offer your plugin as a solution when appropriate, this doesn't mean posting links everywhere that you can find. In general, avoid resurrecting old threads (a year or more old) simply to promote your plugin. 

Hi @Monique van den Berg, thanks for pointing out the guidelines for marketplace vendors! I do find it very useful and will make sure to avoid commenting on the old threads.

No problem @Olga Rusnak! I hope they help you find good ways to engage the community :) 

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