How To Delete An Epic In Jira

Jira, a product developed by Atlassian, is a powerful project management tool used by teams across various industries to help plan, track, and manage their work. A key feature in Jira is the use of Epics, large bodies of work that can be broken down into a number of smaller tasks known as stories. But what if you have an Epic that you no longer need or was created by mistake? You may want to delete it. In this post, we will guide you through the process of how to delete an Epic in Jira.


Before you can delete an Epic in Jira, you need to have the appropriate permissions. You must be a Jira admin or have the ‘Delete Issues’ permission in your project.

Steps to Delete an Epic

Step 1: Open the Epic

The first step in deleting an Epic is to navigate to it. You can do this by searching for the Epic in the search bar. Once you’ve found the Epic, click on it to open it.

Step 2: More Options

Once the Epic is open, click on the ‘More’ button in the top right corner of the Epic. This button might also appear as ‘…’ (three dots). A dropdown menu will appear with various options.

Step 3: Delete the Epic

From the dropdown menu, select the ‘Delete’ option. Jira will ask you to confirm that you want to delete the Epic. Remember, this action is irreversible. Once you delete an Epic, there’s no going back. So, make sure that this is what you want to do before you confirm the deletion.

Alternative: Using Jira Query Language (JQL)

If you want to delete an Epic using Jira Query Language (JQL), you can do so with the following command:

“project = ‘PROJECT NAME’ AND issuetype = Epic AND name = ‘EPIC NAME'”

Replace ‘PROJECT NAME’ and ‘EPIC NAME’ with your project’s name and your Epic’s name respectively. Run this command and it will delete the specified Epic.

We hope this brief guide helps you manage your Epics more effectively in Jira. Being able to delete unnecessary Epics can help to keep your project space clean and organized. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below!

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