Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Sign up Log in

Earn badges and make progress

You're on your way to the next level! Join the Kudos program to earn points and save your progress.

Deleted user Avatar
Deleted user

Level 1: Seed

25 / 150 points

Next: Root


1 badge earned


Participate in fun challenges

Challenges come and go, but your rewards stay with you. Do more to earn more!


Gift kudos to your peers

What goes around comes around! Share the love by gifting kudos to your peers.


Rise up in the ranks

Keep earning points to reach the top of the leaderboard. It resets every quarter so you always have a chance!


Come for the products,
stay for the community

The Atlassian Community can help you and your team get more value out of Atlassian products and practices.

Atlassian Community about banner
Community Members
Community Events
Community Groups

Looking for simple Deleting Lists workaround

In the Trello documentation, it is mentioned that lists and cards cannot be deleted:
Deletion is permanent in Trello and in an effort to prevent accidental deletions we do not have an option to delete a list on the original board. 
On the other hand, it is quite easy to delete a complete board, accidental or not. (?)
So the only workaround to delete a list is to move it to another board and delete this board.

Tedious in my case: I have a board with 60+ guests, with two lists per day for tasks. At the end of the month, the users remove the lists by archiving it - deleting is not possible-. So I now have a board hitting the limit of 2.850 lists (archived and active)

The users now cannot create new lists, according to the Trello workaround, I now have to move all the archived lists back to active and move them to another board. Doing this a few thousand times is not why I got into this business.

Only solution: duplicate the board, only active lists are copied.
But I still have to find a way to direct the 60+ guests to this new board.

Is there no scripting solution to delete my 2.800+ archived lists?

1 answer

0 votes
Theodoro Reato
Atlassian Team
Atlassian Team members are employees working across the company in a wide variety of roles.
May 17, 2023

Hi Peter, 

Unfortunately, you mentioned all the options, there isn't a native feature to bulk delete lists, 

We don't have visibility on third-party Power-ups, so you may find one that suits your needs. 

In the future you can create an automation, such as scheduled automation to move all the cards from the lists you usually archive to a different board, then you can delete the backup board or just rename it. The scheduled automation would be also able to move the list to a different board.

Right now, you would need to copy the board as you mentioned and worked on the new one, inviting all your users once more, or you can unarchive the lists and transfer it to a different board. 

Let us know how it goes

Suggest an answer

Log in or Sign up to answer
AUG Leaders

Atlassian Community Events