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 Software to group sub-tasks together underneath their parent issue.

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

  1. Go to your board, then select more () > Board settings. Note that only the administrator of a board (or a person with the 'Jira Administrators' global permission) can configure a board.

  2. Click the Add Rank button. This will append the following to your filter's query, with ORDER BY Rank ASC as the default setting:




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 Software 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.


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Last modified on Jun 17, 2020
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