How To Bulk Upload In Jira

If you work as a project manager or team lead, you may have encountered the tedious process of manually inputting tasks into Jira. You may be considering if there is a more efficient approach. You are correct in your thinking! This blog post will guide you through the steps of uploading tasks in bulk on Jira, saving you time.


Before we dive into the steps, there are a few prerequisites to ensure a smooth bulk upload process:

  • A CSV (Comma Separated Value) file containing all the tasks that you want to upload. This should include all necessary fields like Summary, Description, Issue Type, etc.
  • A Jira Cloud instance where you have administrative permissions.

Step-by-step Guide

Now, let’s dive into the step-by-step guide on how to bulk upload in Jira.

Step 1: Navigate to JIRA Settings

Login to your JIRA instance, navigate to Settings -> System -> External System Import under ADVANCED.

Step 2: Choose CSV to Import Issues

Click on the Import button under CSV to import issues or users.

Step 3: Upload your CSV File

Choose your CSV file and click on the Next button. Make sure that your CSV file is formatted correctly.

Step 4: Map the CSV Fields to JIRA Fields

Map each column in your CSV file to the corresponding field in JIRA. For example, map the Summary column in your CSV to the Summary field in JIRA. Click on Next when you have finished mapping all fields.

Step 5: Validate and Begin Import

JIRA will validate your CSV file and mapped fields. If there are no errors, click on the Begin Import button to start the upload process.

Automating Bulk Uploads

If you find yourself frequently uploading tasks to Jira, you might want to consider automating this process. This can be done by using Jira’s REST API to create issues programmatically. Here’s a sample Python script that does this:

    import requests
    import json

    url = ""

    headers = {
       "Accept": "application/json",
       "Content-Type": "application/json"

    payload = json.dumps( {
        "fields": {
            "project": {
                "key": "PROJ"
            "summary": "Issue created from API",
            "description": "Creating of an issue using the REST API",
            "issuetype": {
                "name": "Task"
    } )

    response = requests.request(

    print(json.dumps(json.loads(response.text), sort_keys=True, indent=4, separators=(",", ": ")))

This script requires the requests and json Python libraries. You will need to replace your-domain with your actual Jira Cloud domain and PROJ with your actual project key.


And there you have it! You now know how to bulk upload tasks in Jira, saving you valuable time and effort. Remember, you can also automate this process using Jira’s REST API if you find yourself frequently uploading tasks. Happy project managing!