How To Order By Priority In Jira

When managing a variety of tasks using a project management tool, it is crucial to determine which tasks require your immediate focus and which ones can be delayed. JIRA, a commonly used project management software, offers a feature called ‘Order by Priority’ to help with this. In this blog post, we will guide you on how to utilize this feature.

Understanding JIRA Priorities

In JIRA, issues can be assigned a priority level that helps teams understand the level of urgency of a task. By default, JIRA comes with a set of predefined priorities: Highest, High, Medium, Low, and Lowest. However, JIRA allows you to create custom priority levels based on your needs. Once priorities are set, you can order your issues based on their priority levels.

Ordering by Priority in JIRA

To order your JIRA issues by priority, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the ‘Issues’ tab on your JIRA dashboard.
  2. Select your project or the specific set of issues you want to order.
  3. Click on the ‘Column settings’ (often represented by three vertical dots).
  4. A dropdown menu will appear. Click on ‘Sort by’.
  5. From the ensuing list, select ‘Priority’. Your issues should now be ordered by priority.

Note: JIRA orders the issues from the highest to the lowest priority.

Querying for Priority in JIRA

You can also create a JQL (JIRA Query Language) query to order your issues by priority. Here’s how:

In the search box located at the top right of your JIRA dashboard, type in the following JQL query:

    project = "Your Project Name" ORDER BY Priority DESC

Remember to replace “Your Project Name” with the actual name of your project. This JQL query will return all the issues in the specified project, ordered by their priority from highest to lowest.


Managing task priorities is a critical aspect of project management. With JIRA, you have the flexibility to set custom priority levels and easily order your issues based on these levels. Whether you’re using the graphical interface or JQL, ordering by priority in JIRA can help streamline your workflow and improve productivity.