How To Delete A Story In Jira

For Agile project management, Jira is an indispensable tool that allows teams to track user stories, bugs, and feature requests. However, there are instances where you may need to delete a story in Jira. This tutorial will guide you through the process.


Before proceeding, ensure that you have the necessary permissions to delete a story. If you do not have the required permissions, contact your Jira administrator.

Steps to Delete a Story in Jira

  1. Navigate to the Desired Story

    First, you need to locate the story you want to delete. You can do this by entering the story key into the quick search box or by navigating using the ‘Issues’ menu.

  2. Click on ‘More’ Option

    Once you have opened the story, you will see a ‘More’ button on the menu at the top of the issue. Click on this button to display a drop-down menu.

  3. Select ‘Delete’

    From the drop-down menu, select Delete. This will open a confirmation dialog box.

  4. Confirm Deletion

    Finally, confirm the deletion. Please note, this action is irreversible, and all data related to the story will be permanently deleted. Therefore, ensure you’re deleting the correct story and that this action is necessary.


If you can’t find the delete option, this could mean that you do not have the necessary permissions to delete a story. In this case, contact your Jira Administrator. Alternatively, your Jira instance may be configured not to allow deletion of issues. Instead, you might be able to move the issue to a different project, transition the issue to a closed state, or remove all issue details so the issue effectively becomes a placeholder.


Knowing how to delete a story in Jira is a valuable skill when managing projects. Remember that this action should be undertaken with caution, as it is irreversible. Always ensure you have the necessary permissions and double-check the story before deletion.