Components are a great tool to structure your Jira issues to enable better reporting and automation. But if setting them up in each project takes a long time, it might discourage you from using them.

Many companies have standardized their processes and have a set of components that can be shared across the projects.

Why? They want to avoid duplications, misspelling, and general misuse of components across Jira projects. For this reason, many of us look for a way to bulk import components over to another Jira project.

Jira tutorial video: How to Import components into another Jira project with Octo

Here is a simple way to copy components into your new Jira project in two steps using Jira app Octo:

  • Label your existing components.
  • Select component label in project settings to import all components tagged with this label

Let's have a look at these steps in a bit more detail.

1. Label your Components

First, create different groups of components using Component labels in Octo - Component management app for Jira. When using Jira Import components functionality you can a group of components associated with a specific label.

But why would we need to create different component groups? Let's say for example that we're developing the apps for Web and Mobile. The web application usually consists of different components than Mobile apps.

Every time we're about to start a new app project, we need to create these components. But if this is done manually, it takes a lot of time. Especially if the project has 20 and more components, and you create them often.

In our case, we use Octo and tag components with "Web app" and "Mobile" component labels. We'll then use these labels to import only a specific component group.

Assign labels to the Jira component with Octo
Assign labels to the Jira component

2. Import Jira Components

Now it's time to import components to your project. Go to your Jira Project settings and find Import components tab.

In the Import components screen, you can choose to import all components matching a specific label. There is also an option to import all components that exist in your Jira instance.

Next time when creating a new mobile app, we only need to create a new Jira project and import the "Mobile app" component label. All components are then created automatically. πŸŽ‰

Import components to your Jira project
Import components to your Jira project

Done! Less time spent on manual setup - more time for delivering the results!

Give it a try!

This approach saves you significant time when setting up your new Jira Project and Components. Now you have more time for the work that matters.

The Import Component feature is now available in Octo - Component management app for Jira Cloud. You can install Octo for FREE (yes, free for 10 users or less), or start your free trial today. ☺️

Octo also introduces the ability to share components across multiple Jira projects or Component versioning and releases functionality. You can read more about it in the following articles: