Copy a parent's custom field into a subtask field on subtask creation

All my Issues, stories, subtasks, etc., have a custom field. It is a dropdown listing all the JIRA projects.

When I create a subtask I would like to copy the parent field's contents into the same field in the subtask.

The built-in transition post function won't do this. Atlassian confirmed that it will not work with custom fields.

Does anyone know of a plugin that can provide this ability?

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Thanks all.

I have, for now, abandoned the attempt to copy the parent's custom field value to the subtask on creation of the subtask. The reason I wanted to do that was to allow the subtasks to show up on the scrum board.

So the real problem was the query for the board. I was trying to fill the field in an attempt to get around that.

Instead, I was pointed to this plugin:

Craftforge JQL Functions Plugin

It allows me to create a more sophisticated query for my boards and avoids the field problem.

It's really a good idea you have abandoned copyng the values - in my experience it has been difficult to keep them consistent between issues.

The Field Teller plugin provides a configurable panel that displays values obtained directly from the parent. Hope it helps you in some other scenario.

Sorry for stupid qustions, but where can I find JMWE extensions after installing? I see nothing is changed.

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Andreas Knecht Community Champion Nov 21, 2016

There's now a very easy to configure way to keep fields for parents and sub-tasks in sync using Automation for JIRA!

You can easily modify related issues (such as parents, stories, sub-tasks, epics, linked issues and even JQL) using our related issues action and condition:

(this example updates the description, but pretty much any field can be edited. You can also copy values from parent to sub-task or sub-task to parent)

For more details see

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