Intro to Relationships

Relationships are links to items that are related to a task. Build simple links between tasks in your Workspace or create an advanced database using Relationships between different Lists.

What you'll need

Relationships in ClickUp 2.0

The types of Relationships available in ClickUp 2.0 differ depending on whether the Relationships ClickApp is enabled. 

Enabling and disabling the Relationships ClickApp affects Relationships in the following way:

  • Enabled to disabled: Custom Relationships and Doc links are hidden.
  • Disabled to enabled: Non-dependent tasks become Any task in your Workspace Custom Relationships.

Set the Relationships ClickApp

When using ClickUp 2.0, Workspace owners and admins can enable or disable the Relationships ClickApp for your Workspace.

To set the ClickApp:

  1. Click your Workspace avatar.

  2. Select ClickApps.

  3. Browse or search for the Relationships ClickApp.

  4. Click the Relationships ClickApp to enable or disable it.

Relationships in ClickUp 3.0

In ClickUp 3.0, the Relationships ClickApp isn't necessary. You can enable the Dependency Warning and Reschedule Dependencies ClickApps. 

Switching back to ClickUp 2.0 affects Relationships in the following way:

  • 2.0 with the Relationships ClickApp enabled: URL links will not display.
  • 2.0 with the Relationships ClickApp disabled: URL, Custom, and Doc links will not display.

Relationship types

Following are the Relationship types in ClickUp 3.0 and ClickUp 2.0 with the ClickApp enabled or disabled:

Create Dependency and task link relationships using /Slash commands!

Relationship ClickUp 3.0 ClickUp 2.0 ClickApp enabled ClickUp 2.0 ClickApp disabled

URL: Link work and content from other apps and websites.

Yes No No

Task: Link one or more tasks that relate but aren't dependent on each other.

Yes Yes Yes

Dependencies: Link tasks that this task is waiting on or blocking.

  • Waiting on: Tasks that must be completed before this task. 
  • Blocking: Tasks that can't start until this task is completed. 
Yes Yes Yes

Custom: Create a custom group of tasks and link the group to this task. There are two types of Custom Relationships:

  • Any task in your Workspace: Relate this task to a group of any other tasks in your Workspace.
  • Tasks from a specific List: Relate this task to a group of tasks from a specific List.
    Only Tasks from a specific List Relationships support using Custom Fields as Relationship columns.

    Relationship columns were formerly called Rollup fields.

Yes Yes No

Doc: Link related Docs to this task.

Yes Yes No

Create task Relationships

Create Relationships to quickly link tasks across your entire Workspace. 

Screenshot of creating a Relationship in ClickUp 3.0.

Create Dependency Relationships

When part of your work is blocking or waiting on another task, you can use a Dependency Relationship. Dependency Relationships can be created in tasks and views
Screenshot of creating a Dependency Relationship in ClickUp 3.0

Use Relationships in List view

Use Relationships in List view without opening individual tasks.

Screenshot of adding a Relationship Field in List View.

Create Custom Relationships

With Custom Relationships, you have additional control and flexibility when linking tasks.

Add Relationship columns to tasks

Relationship columns display task fields from related tasks.

Relationship columns were formerly called Rollup fields.

Screenshot of a Relationship Column in List view.

Create and view Reference Relationships

Find and relate tasks and Docs without building formal relationships. Reference Relationships are automatically created whenever someone @mentions a task or Doc throughout your Workspace.

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