How To Query Linked Issues In Jira

While Jira’s issue tracking features are highly extensive, there may be instances where delving into your project’s data is necessary. This could involve examining linked issues to gain a deeper comprehension of the interconnections between tasks, which is crucial for efficient project management and problem-solving.

In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of how to query linked issues in Jira. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Understanding Jira’s Query Language (JQL)

Before we dive into the process of querying linked issues in Jira, it’s important that we first understand JQL. Jira Query Language (JQL) is a simple yet powerful tool used in Jira to perform advanced searches on your project’s data. If you’re familiar with SQL, you’ll find a lot of similarities.

Step 2: Accessing the Search Issues Screen

To access the issue search screen, follow these steps:

  1. Click on “Issues” in the top menu.
  2. Select “Search for Issues” from the dropdown menu.

Step 3: Switching to JQL

Once you’re on the issue search screen, make sure to switch to JQL by clicking on the “Switch to JQL” button. This will allow you to enter custom queries.

Step 4: Writing the Query

Now, let’s dive into how to actually write a query for linked issues. To get all issues linked to a specific issue, you can use the issueLinkType and issueKey functions. Here is an example:

issueFunction in linkedIssuesOf('issueKey = YOUR-KEY', 'Your Link Type')

In the above code, replace YOUR-KEY with the key of the issue you want to find linked issues for, and ‘Your Link Type’ with the type of link you’re interested in, such as “blocks”, “is blocked by”, “relates to”, etc. The result will be a list of all linked issues with the specified type.

Step 5: Running the Query

After writing your query, simply press the “Search” button to run it. The results will be displayed in the issues list below the search bar.


Jira’s powerful built-in query language makes it easy to dive deep into your project data and find linked issues. This allows for better project management and troubleshooting by giving you a clear view of how tasks are interconnected. Remember, success in project management often comes from having a clear understanding of all the pieces and how they fit together. Happy querying!