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What are Jira components?

A Jira component represents a section of your project, like a feature, department, or workstream, and are used to group and organize issues in that project. You can automatically assign people to own components, and to issues linked to those components.

For example, a software team can create Jira components like Frontend and Backend to represent workstreams. Then the team can set the workstream leads as component owners, link issues to the components, and automatically assign people to issues that include those components.

Jira components can only be used in company-managed projects, and are scoped to the project they’re created in:

  • Project administrators can create, edit, and delete Jira components from the Components page in the project sidebar.

  • Anyone can:

    • view Jira components and their associated issues from the Components page in the project sidebar

    • link and unlink issues from Jira components using the issue’s Components field

    • search for and filter by Jira components in the backlog, boards, and issue navigator.

If you want to create components that represent pieces of your software architecture, switch to Compass components from the project’s Components page.

Compass components are cataloged in Compass, a free developer experience tool. You can add a lot of information to Compass components; and by grouping issues around Compass components, teams can track and reveal the impact of work on their software architecture, and surface relevant information that helps move work forward.

Learn more about Compass components

You can’t use Jira components and Compass components at the same time. We recommend using Compass components to represent pieces of software; and instead of Jira components, use custom fields. Learn more about custom fields

If you switch to Compass components, Jira components won’t be deleted, and they’ll still be visible on issues they were previously linked to. You can switch back to Jira components at any time.

Next steps

  1. Configure Jira components.

  2. Link issues to Jira components.

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