How To Recover Deleted Jira Story

Have you ever accidentally deleted a Jira story and immediately felt a surge of panic, realizing the error you made? Do not fret, you are not the only one. Numerous Jira users have encountered this situation. The great news is that there are methods to restore deleted Jira stories.

Unfortunately, Jira doesn’t natively support retrieving deleted issues. Once deleted, issues are permanently removed from the database. Despite this, there are two main workarounds you can consider:

1. Restore from a Backup

The first option is to restore your data from a backup. This is a good reason to have a regular backup schedule for your Jira instance. However, keep in mind that this method restores your entire Jira instance to the state it was in at the time of the backup, which means any changes made after the backup will be lost.

To perform a system restore, you need to be a Jira system administrator. Here’s a simplified version of how this process looks:

1. Go to <strong>Jira settings &gt; System &gt; Import &amp; Export &gt; Restore system</strong>.
2. Provide the path to your backup XML file and click on the 'Restore' button.

2. Recreate the Issue

If you don’t have a backup, or if restoring from a backup is not an ideal solution for you, you can manually recreate the deleted issue. This requires having enough information about the deleted issue to manually add it back into your project.

If you remember the issue key of the deleted issue, you can create a new issue with the same key. Here’s how:

1. Go to <strong>Project settings &gt; Details</strong>.
2. Edit the 'Project Key' field to a temporary key.
3. Create a new issue (it will get the next available key under the temporary project key).
4. Edit the 'Project Key' field back to the original key.
5. The next issue you create will have the same key as the deleted issue.

Remember, this process should be handled with care as it may disrupt the sequence of your issues.


While it’s clear that Jira does not have an in-built function to recover deleted stories, restoring from a backup or recreating the issue can serve as workable alternatives. As a preventive measure, always double-check before you confirm deletion of any issue, and maintain regular backups of your Jira data.

Hopefully, this guide has helped clarify what to do in case you end up in this situation. Stay organized and avoid panic!