How To Delete Labels In Jira

If you’re using Atlassian’s Jira for project management, chances are you’ve come across labels. Labels are useful for categorizing issues, making them easier to filter and find. However, there may come a time when you need to get rid of a label. Perhaps it was created erroneously or is no longer relevant. In this post, we’ll walk you through the process of deleting labels in Jira.

Understanding Labels in Jira

Before we dive into the process, it’s important to note that, technically speaking, you can’t delete a label in the traditional sense. In Jira, labels don’t have a distinct existence separate from the issues they’re associated with. This means you can’t delete a label like you would a file on your computer. Instead, you remove its association from all issues.

Steps to Remove Labels

Removing labels involves editing the issues associated with the label. You can do this individually or in bulk. Here’s how:

Individual Issue Edit

If the label is only associated with a few issues, you can edit each issue individually:

  1. Go to the issue you want to edit.
  2. Find the Labels field and click on the pencil icon or the word Labels to edit it.
  3. Remove the label by clicking on the x next to it.
  4. Click on Save or Close to finish.

Bulk Edit

If the label is associated with many issues, you’ll want to use the Bulk Change feature:

  1. Use Jira’s search function to find all issues associated with the label.
  2. Select all issues, then choose Bulk Change from the Tools dropdown menu.
  3. In the steps that follow, choose Edit Issues, then Change Labels.
  4. Enter the label you want to remove and confirm.

Note: You must have the necessary permissions to conduct a bulk operation.

Final Thoughts

Although you can’t directly delete labels in Jira, removing them from all associated issues effectively accomplishes the same goal. The process can be a bit tedious, especially if the label is widely used, but with Jira’s bulk editing option, it’s manageable. As always, ensure that you have the necessary permissions before attempting these changes.