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Can I test a project automation rule?


Dear Sir/Madam,


I am creating a lot of automation rules with emails and comments that have been send out and I was wondering if and how I can test these automation rules before using them? I have found but in my project automation rules I cannot see Rule executions. Can you only test the automation rule if you selected Manual when creating the rule?


Thank you in advanced,


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Mykenna Cepek Community Leader Mar 14, 2022

Rule executions for each rule are listed in the Audit Log, available for each rule, in the area where you create and edit rules:

The "Audit Log" area lists every recent execution (subject to quantity/expiration time limtations that I don't recall at the moment).

Access them for a give rule here:

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Also, I like to test rules in a sample project before "going live" with a new rule. I have a specific "Playground" project in our Jira Instance which is available for this kind of use.

As for testing things like emails sent by a rule, you'll just have to review the Audit Log to see if the Send Email action succeeded. During testing, I ensure emails go to me (either by hardwiring the action, or setting things appropriately in Jira e.g. me as the assignee of a test issue).

Also, when testing and debugging a rule, remember that the "Log action" component is your friend! You can sprinkle those in a rule to see what's going on (e.g. to see the content of variables or smart values).

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Dirk Ronsmans Community Leader Mar 14, 2022

Hi @Ine Nieuwenhuijzen and welcome to the community!

You should always be able to see the "Rule Executions" menu in the right side bar.



If no rules are defined with a Manual trigger you simply won't be able to select a rule to execute.



Once you set the rule trigger on "Manual" you can then go to an issue and test the rule against that issue. (unless it's a rule that uses a JQL/IQL as data then you can just trigger it from there).

The testing itself is not triggered from the rules menu but from the rule executions within an issue.

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