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How much program code is possible in Automation


Before I explain what I would like to achieve, here my question:

Is it possible to compute a field value in Jira automation to an extend I have in the following Groovy script?

I want to use Jira automation to calculate a value for a field, depending on two other fields which should be multiplied (Since the base fields hold the labels I first need to get the values scores)

Unfortunately the app, in which I need the value, does not support calculated custom fields. If the user edits the issue, updating any one of my to base fields I want to recalculate the depending field and set its value.

In the calucated field, if I could use it, I would use a Groovy script as follows to set the calculated field:

def significance = [Negligible:1, Moderate: 2, Significant: 3, Extensive:4, Catstrophic:5]
def probability = [Theoretical:1, Unlikely: 2, Possible: 3, Likely:4, Frequent:5]

Integer s = 0
Integer p = 0

//Evaluating the expression value
switch(issue.get("customfield_13418")) {

case "Negligible":
s = significance["Negligible"]
case "Moderate":
s = significance["Moderate"]
case "Significant":
s = significance["Significant"]
case "Extensive":
s = significance["Extensive"]
case "Catstrophic":
s = significance["Catstrophic"]
s = 0
switch(issue.get("customfield_13410")) {

case "Theoretical":
p = probability["Theoretical"]
case "Unlikely":
p = probability["Unlikely"]
case "Possible":
p = probability["Possible"]
case "Likely":
p = probability["Likely"]
case "Catstrophic":
p = probability["Frequent"]
p = 0

// return the value

Thanks for any idea!

3 answers

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Aron Gombas _Midori_
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Nov 21, 2022

The out-of-the-box actions in Automation for Jira can't run Groovy scripts, but we developed an app called Better DevOps Automation which can.

This app has a general-purpose "Run Groovy" automation action which you can add to any automation rule, not just devops-minded ones.

For more information, see:

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Bill Sheboy
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Nov 21, 2022 • edited


Please see the other answers regarding calling other code from a rule.

For your use case, I believe you can do this with the Jira Server version of Automation using a single statement, with conditions nested inside of a math operation.

For example:

{{#=}}( 0 + {{#if(equals(issue.significance.value, "Negligible"))}}1{{/}}{{#if(equals(issue.significance.value, "Moderate"))}}2{{/}}{{#if(equals(issue.significance.value, "Significant"))}}3{{/}}{{#if(equals(issue.significance.value, "Extensive"))}}4{{/}}{{#if(equals(issue.significance.value, "Catstrophic"))}}5{{/}} ) *( 0 + {{#if(equals(issue.probability.value, "Theoretical"))}}1{{/}} {{#if(equals(issue.probability.value, "Unlikely"))}}2{{/}} {{#if(equals(issue.probability.value, "Possible"))}}3{{/}} {{#if(equals(issue.probability.value, "Likely"))}}4{{/}} {{#if(equals(issue.probability.value, "Frequent"))}}5{{/}} ){{/}}

Please check your actual selection field values, as I copied from your posted question.

To learn more, please look at these references:

Kind regards,

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Florian Bonniec
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Nov 21, 2022

Hi @ML 


Maybe you can do it without groovy script by doing an if then else for each combinaison. 

One other solution would be to store significance and probability in issue properties then calculate s*p



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