New Plugin released: Quick Subtasks for JIRA

August 21st, 2012 by

Recently after a long sprint planning meeting I had the pleasure to spend some time writing down the results of the team’s task breakdown in JIRA.

In our process, each user story is documented as a JIRA issue and each task from the breakdown is saved as a subtask for the parent issue.

Because I am too lazy in this situation I wrote the following plugin that allowed me to quickly create multiple subtasks for a selected JIRA issue.


Update Note

This article was written in 2012 – nowerdays the plugin offers much more features and a new syntax, please refer to the plugin’s wiki pages here for up-to-date information about features, usage etc.


Simply open an issue, click on Create multiple Subtasks from the issue operations menu and type multiple lines – one for each issue.

Just take a look at the following screenshots and the screencast.

An example:

- Implementation - Write unit tests / takes 3h
- Write Acceptance tests / takes 6h
-Code Review
- End user documentation / takes 4h

Pasting the text from above into the plugin would create the following subtasks for the selected issue:

  • A subtask with title “Implementation”
  • A subtask with title “Write unit test” and and estimated time of 3 hours
  • A subtask with title “Write Acceptance test” and and estimated time of 6 hours
  • A subtask with title “Code Review” -> the missing whitespace after the “-” is no problem here
  • A subtask with title “End user documentation” and and estimated time of 4 hours


The following screenshot shows the data entry screen that allows you to write down multiple subtasks.

Creating multiple=


In the following screencast you’re able to see the full process to create multiple subtasks for a given Jira issue.


Article Updates

  • 2015-01-13: I have added a note to reflect that fact that this article is outdated.

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9 Responses to “New Plugin released: Quick Subtasks for JIRA”

  1. Matt Doar Says:

    Nice! Does it tell me if I’ve spelled “/ takes” wrong, so I know I have to go back and fix some of the subtasks? I guess that’s also related to asking if the action creation is atomic.

  2. micha kops Says:

    there is no explicit transaction rollback – if you’ve misspelled the estimated time you need to re-edit the subtask afterwards

    An example of the current state:
    - issue 1 /takes 3d
    - issue 2 takes 3d
    - issue 3 / takes 3x

    Would produce 2 issues with the following summary:
    “issue 2 takes 3d”
    “issue 3″

    Your remark has given me the idea to implement a preview function – and I have opened an issue here (comments and ideas are welcome :) :

    And thanks for the link check on my project’s page – I have fixed the link for the JQL Functions Collection :D

  3. Alistair Roylance Says:

    Thank you so much for the wonderful plugin. We have a very complex scenario of creating hundreds of sub-tasks on 7 different issue types. I have been trying to use a workflow post-function to trigger the multiple sub-tasks templates – but there is no condition to specify the parent issue type. Am I doing something wrong or is there a way in which you can think of getting this to work?

  4. Raghav Says:

    My use case is such, that I have more no. of custom fields to inherit from parent whenever the sub-tasks get auto created upon a transition. Currently my syntax has been like:

    - Begin Start phase – Requirement gathering, SOW etc / Component/s:”@inherit” / Deployment Type:”@inherit” / Product:”@inherit” / Customer build Version:”@inherit” / Platform_OS:”@inherit” / Form_Factor:”@inherit”

    But it doesn’t inherit the values for all fields except for Component/s. Is there anything that I might missed entering here? Please let me know.

    Secondly, just like multiple sub-tasks of same type getting created is there a way to create various types of sub-tasks at one go??

    Would be nice if any of you can respond at the earliest.

    Thank you!

  5. Micha Kops Says:

    Hi Raghav,

    inheriting custom fields is implemented in release 4.0 (published soon):

    Full feature list:

    Existing features are documented in detail here:

    Please feel free to add new feature requests to the project’s issue tracker here:

    Best regards


  6. Josh Says:

    Hi, you plugin has been a huge help for us, do you have any intention of porting it to JIRA online?

  7. Micha Kops Says:

    Hi Josh,

    I’m sorry to say that I don’t think that I will be porting the plugin to JIRA cloud soon, nevertheless a corresponding feature request does already exist, please feel free to comment/follow it in the project’s issue tracker here:



  8. Steve Hill Says:

    When I click on Add Multiple Sub Tasks, Jira asks me if I want to Open or Save a JSON file. I do not see the screen shown in your demos?

    What to do?

  9. Micha Kops Says:

    Please feel free open a request in the project’s issue tracker here:

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