How To Delete A Task In Jira

Jira, a popular project management tool developed by Atlassian, is designed to help teams plan, track, and manage their work. While creating and tracking tasks in Jira is straightforward, deleting tasks can be a little confusing, especially for new users. Today, we will guide you through the process of deleting a task in Jira.


Before you proceed with deleting a task, ensure that you have the necessary permissions to do so. You need to have ‘Delete Issues’ permission which is granted by your Jira administrator.

Steps to Delete a Task in Jira

Follow these steps to delete a task:

  1. Log in to your Jira account.
  2. Navigate to the ‘Issue’ that you want to delete.
  3. Open the ‘More’ actions dropdown in the issue view.
  4. Select the ‘Delete’ option.
  5. You’ll see a confirmation dialog box. Click on the ‘Delete’ button on the confirmation dialog to delete the issue.

The process, in code view, would be as follows:

        1. Login to Jira
        2. Go to the specific issue
        3. Issue Actions -> More -> Delete
        4. Confirm Deletion


Remember that once you Delete a task, it is removed permanently and cannot be restored. Therefore, you should only delete tasks when absolutely necessary. If you’re unsure, consider using the Resolve or Close options instead.


In this post, we’ve shown you how to delete a task in Jira. Remember, deleting should be your last resort as it is permanent and irreversible. Always ensure you have a backup or duplicate of important tasks before deleting them. We hope this guide has been helpful in managing your tasks more effectively.

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