Work Packages

Work packages are items in a project (such as tasks, features, risks, user stories, bugs, change requests). A work package captures important information and can be assigned to project members for execution.

Work packages have a type, an ID, a subject and may have various additional attributes, such as status, assignee, priority, due date.

Work package ID is defined as a unique integer assigned to a newly created work package. Work package IDs cannot be changed and are numbered across all projects of an OpenProject instance (therefore, the numbering within a project may not be sequential).</div>

Types are the different items a work package can represent, such as task, feature, bug, phase, milestone. The work package types can be configured in the system administration.

Work packages can be displayed in a projects timeline, e.g. as a milestone or a phase. In order to use the work packages, the work package module has to be activated in the project settings.


Popular Topics Description
Work packages views What is the difference between the work packages views: list view, split screen view, details view?
Create a work package How to create a new work package in OpenProject?
Edit work package How to edit a work package in OpenProject?
Copy, move, delete How to copy, move, delete a work package?
Work package table configuration How to configure the work package table (columns, filters, group by, etc.)?
Exporting How to export work packages for other tools such as Microsoft Excel?
Work package relations and hierarchies How to create work package relations and hierarchies?

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

How to copy work package hierarchies with their relations?

You can create work package templates with hierarchies (parent and child work packages) and copy these templates, inkl. the relations. First, navigate to the work package table. Highlight all work packages (in the hierarchy) which you want to copy. To highlight and edit several work packages at once, keep Ctrl pressed and select the ones to be copied.

Press a RIGHT mouse click on the highlighted work packages. This will open the in context menu to edit work packages.

Select Bulk copy in order to copy all selected work packages including their relations.


Is it possible to adapt or rename the status list?

Yes, this is absolutely possible. To do this, you would first have to create new statuses. In the second step you can then assign them to workflows.