How To View Hierarchy In Jira

JIRA, a widely utilized project tracking tool created by Atlassian, is a common choice for software development teams to monitor tasks, bugs, and issues. A notable capability of JIRA is its capacity to construct and observe hierarchies. Hierarchies within JIRA enable efficient organization of work items in a structured and meaningful manner. In this post, we will guide you through the process of viewing hierarchies in JIRA.


Before we start, make sure you have the required permissions to view and manage hierarchies in JIRA. Normally, you need to be a JIRA administrator or a project administrator to do so.

Steps to View Hierarchy in JIRA

Here are the steps to view hierarchy in JIRA:

Step 1: Open your Project

The first step is to open your project in JIRA. You can do this by clicking on the ‘Projects’ link in the navigation bar and then selecting your project from the dropdown list.

Step 2: Go to Project Settings

Next, go to your project settings by clicking on the ‘Project settings’ link in the project navigation bar on the left side of the page.

Step 3: Access Issue Sources

In the project settings page, click on the ‘Issue Sources’ link in the left sidebar. This will open a page that lists all the issue sources for your project.

Step 4: View Hierarchy

Now, you should be able to see the hierarchy of your project. The hierarchy in JIRA is displayed as a tree, with the parent issues at the top and the child issues nested under them. You can expand or collapse the issues in the hierarchy by clicking on the arrow icon next to the issue key.

    //The hierarchy might look something like this:
    └─ STORY-1
        ├─ TASK-1
        ├─ TASK-2
        └─ TASK-3
    └─ STORY-2
        ├─ TASK-4
        └─ TASK-5


That’s it! You are now able to view the hierarchy in JIRA. This feature can be very useful for tracking the progress of your project and understanding the relationship between different work items. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below.