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How clone a task and its subtasks ?


I don't have the subtasks when I clone a task with subtasks. Is it possible to do it ?

6 answers

There are a number of add-ons that can do this, with varying features.  You will need an add-on of some sort to do this, though.

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Nick Menere Community Leader Jul 05, 2017



We are tracking the ability to clone subtasks automatically at - AUT-335

In the mean time, you can mnaully loop over the sub-tasks of the original issue and clone these. You will need to overwrite the parent in the advanced section with:

    "fields": {
        "parent": "{{createdIssues.first.key}}."

This will set teh parent of teh cloned issue to the first issue created in the rule - in this case the original clone.


Let me know how you go.




Hello Nick,

Unfortunately, this (great) workaround no longer works. It now returns an error to the Audit log:


Error creating issue Issue type is a sub-task but parent issue key or id not specified. (issuetype)



Hello Nick,

I'm sorry to answer you so late...

I've tried to do what you told me but it is too difficult...I'm not an expert yet in the pluggin settings.

For example...I have a trigger "When: Issue commented" and an action "Then: Clone issue into same project and same issue type"...after that I don't know what to do to clone the subtasks of the task...sorry.



Nick Menere Community Leader Jul 20, 2017


I tried the following locally and it succesfully craeted clones sub-tasks.

Screen Shot 2017-07-21 at 3.16.12 pm.png

Let me know if you get it working.




@Nick Menere 

Hi Nick, 

I came across this awesome workaround when looking for options to clone a task along with it's children. Unfortunately, when I try the same rule with the given advance settings, I'm getting the following error for sub tasks cloning piece.

Error - creating issueIssue type is a sub-task but parent issue key or id not specified. (issuetype)


Could please assist me on this? 

Nick Menere Community Leader Apr 15, 2019

Hi Anil,


Best to raise a support request with this one so we can figure it -




Hello Nick,

It in not exactly what I would like to do. 

"When I create an issue A then I clone an issue B and for this issue I clone their sub-tasks...and I delete the issue A"

But I can not add "And:For Sub-tasks" in the JQL branch...

See the the screen shot below2017-08-28_0933.png

Hello Nick,

I did it with 2 rules but I have an another problem...The subtask have links between them (block by etc...) and when I clone the subtasks the links are not clones...I lost all my links, too bad.

Do you have an idea.

Nick Menere Community Leader Aug 31, 2017

Unfortunately we can't clone issue links yet.

We are tracking this at:

You can add the links to the description of the issue or asa comment, not perfect but it is workable.




Hello Nick,

Thank you for your answer.

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