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How to build groups in a Jira Structure by using a scripted field from ScriptRunner?

We use Jira Structure as well as Jira Scriptrunner. In a specific structure I would like to build groups using the data of a scripted field (issue picker) which I have defined with Jira Scriptrunner.

It is possible to use the issue picker field in a column of the structure. Very good.

But it seems to be not possible to group using this field. When I use the criteria "Text attributes..." and there the issue picker field, the groups are build, but in the "summary" of the group some internal informations are presented: "IssueRefJsonBean[id=266203,key=AAA-111,self=..."

How can I avoid this somehow cryptical informations and get only the summary and key of the issue from the issue picker?

Thanks in advance!

Best regards.



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Hi Guenther,

This must be because of the format of the field. One thing you can try is:

When grouping by Text Attribute, first select to group by the field in question, then switch to group by Manual Specification (this way, specification for the field will be already there). In the specification, change format from text to html. This may help, but may actually produce a long html string that should be parsed afterward - let us know (maybe better through and we'll help you parse it. 

We are planning to improve working with html-based fields, but for now, some workarounds are required.

Egor Tasa

ALM Works

I was just wondering if there was any further information on how to parse this html string? 

I'm trying to group be an issue picker. I've followed the steps I can find and I'm not sure what to do next with this unwieldy chunk of html.

groupbyissuepicker.JPGThanks in adavnce, 


Hi Lee,

I would need to see the full content of the field to suggest how to parse it. Basically, you need to search for a unique element preceding the text value (using SEARCH function) then search for the element following the value (sometimes you need to use the first result as a starting point for SEARCH function).


Hi Egor, 

Many thanks for your response. 

The issue picker is populated by a simple JQL "project = XXX and type = Hypothesis". 

We are assigning one or more Hypothesis values to our epics and would then like to group these epics by these hypothesis. 

There are (currently) 21 results returned by query, though this number is expected to increase over time as we identify more hypotheses.

I'm not sure how to perform this SEARCH function. Perhaps I can contact you at for more assitance? 

Kind regards, 


I'll try


@Guenter Halmans 

Please use (or,


-dave [ALM Works]

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Hi @Guenter Halmans 

My first thought is to create a scripted field representation of just the issues key from your Issue Picker field (or issue summary or combination). 

But in my test environment, I can't seem to be able to group by any scriptrunner field (not the issue picket and not a test custom field).

Perhaps we have a different version of jria/scriptrunner. Mine is a bit old.

Maybe this idea can work for you regardless.

But ALM Works and Adaptavist are pretty good partners, if you make the suggestion/request to ALM Works that you want to be able to group by this field, they might be willing to enhance/fix structure to support this use case.

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