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Enable ranking

Enabling ranking allows you to rank issues on a board by drag-and-drop, and to create sprints on Scrum boards. It also enables Jira to group sub-tasks together underneath their parent issue.

By default, ranking is enabled on company-managed boards.

Before you begin

To configure the board and any of its settings, you must be either:

  • project administrator for the location of the board

  • board administrator for the board itself

See Permissions overview for more information.

Enabling ranking

To enable ranking:

  1. Go to your board, then select more () > Configure board.

  2. Click the Add Rank button.

The filter for your board will be updated to order by Rank. This will affect all boards using this filter.




You can also rank issues by other issue properties — for example, priority or issuetype:


1 ORDER BY priority DESC


1 ORDER BY issuetype DESC



  • Jira automatically creates a custom field called Rank, of type Global Rank. Please ensure that your Jira instance contains only one custom field called Rank, and that the Rank field is assigned to the global context (i.e. not to specific issues or projects).

  • When ranking is enabled for Scrum projects, you can:

    • move issues from your Scrum backlog to relevant sprint sections

    • rank issues within currently active sprints and sprints being planned out

  • When ranking is enabled for Kanban projects, you can: 

    • move issues from your Kanban backlog to your work-in-progress section

    • rank issues within your Kanban board and the work-in-progress section in your Kanban backlog

  • When using a ranking setting other than ORDER BY Rank ASC, and moving issues from the backlog to relevant sections, the issues are automatically ranked based on the filter query of your board.

  • The Rank clause is case sensitive.


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