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How to query Summary for EXACT match?

Sio I want an exact match when using the contains operator in a JQL query. 


key = TEST-36 AND summary ~ "__SPU__"


However this seems to return anything with SPU also regardless of capitalization!


How to get an exact match?

3 answers

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Answer accepted
Thomas Schlegel Community Leader May 18, 2017

Hi Timothy,

this is not possible with current Jira versions. There is an open issue for that:

Maybe you want to vote for it.


OK, well since I am calling it from script runner then I can use a regex to make sure it matches. 


But it is really irritating that the issue referenced has been open for 7 years. This should be supported by JQL :-(


Thanks for the reply!

I have the exact requirement. Timothy, can you please elaborate on "calling it from script runner".



Should not the accepted answer - took me unnecessary time to read everything here to finally find (at least for me) the working solution further down.

I love how this entire community is filled with posts that describe an issue, and they are all "solved" with the solution being "you can't do that".

I wish I could upvote this 1000x more

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seems like escape quotes work. summary ~ \"XYZ\"

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Hello everyone,

scriptrunner JQL function helped me solving that issue

issueFunction in issueFieldExactMatch(subquery, fieldname, regexp)

took from here

Hello thank you solved for me !

@Julian from AF

I have been reading documentation for days now trying to get scriptrunner setup. Any advice to help me get it working?

Hi @Joshua Hopkins ,

Yes see my screenshot :


In my case i use it in Jira Automation and it's working fine. 

To help you, you can use the website to construct your regex if you need more than an exact match. To have an exact match, just put your text between ^and $ as shown but with you can construct more precise.

Is it clear for you? 

Can someone help me understand why this query returns 16 tickets (14 of which are an exact match), but the below scriptrunner query does not work? Screen Shot 2022-07-26 at 11.51.36 AM.pngScreen Shot 2022-07-26 at 11.52.22 AM.png

Screen Shot 2022-07-26 at 12.03.57 PM.png

Update: this worked. issueFieldMatch worked for me and not issueFieldExactMatch

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