How To Bulk Edit Issues In Jira

Jira is a powerful tool for tracking issues and is commonly used by businesses for project management. A significant benefit of Jira is its capability for bulk editing issues. This functionality permits you to make changes to multiple issues simultaneously instead of addressing each one individually. This can be a valuable time and energy-saving tool, particularly for overseeing extensive projects. In this blog post, we will provide a step-by-step guide on how to use the bulk editing feature in Jira.


Before we start, keep in mind that you need to have the ‘Bulk Change’ global permission in Jira to use the bulk editing feature. If you don’t have this permission, ask your Jira administrator to provide it.

Steps for Bulk Editing Issues

Step 1: Choose Issues

Firstly, you need to choose the issues you want to edit. To do this, navigate to the ‘Issue Navigator’ by clicking on ‘Issues’ and then ‘Search for issues’. This will display the list of issues. From here, you can use the filters to refine your selection. Once you have the list of desired issues, select them by checking the boxes on the left.

Step 2: Start Bulk Operation

After selecting the issues, click on the ‘Tools’ dropdown menu on the top-right of the screen and choose ‘Bulk Change’. This will kick off the bulk operation.

Step 3: Choose Operation

Next, you need to choose the operation you want to perform. Jira allows you to do the following operations: ‘Edit Issues’, ‘Move Issues’, ‘Transition Issues’, and ‘Delete Issues’. In this guide, we’ll choose the ‘Edit Issues’ option.

Step 4: Configure

Now, you can configure the changes that you want to apply to your selected issues. For instance, you might want to change the assignee for all selected issues. Once you have made your selections, click on ‘Next’.

Step 5: Confirm

Finally, review your changes. Make sure everything is as desired, then click on ‘Confirm’ to apply the changes. Jira will then take a few moments to apply these changes to all the selected issues.

Remember, Jira’s bulk edit feature is a powerful tool. Make sure you are confident with the changes you’re making, as they can significantly alter your project.


And there you have it! Now you know how to bulk edit issues in Jira. This feature can be a real game-changer when managing large projects. So, go ahead and use it to your advantage. Happy editing!