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Is it possible to update hidden field with Jira REST Api ??


In a Create/Update combination we store an ID in an issue.

If the ID is there, we know we have to update. If there is no ID of course we do a create.

If went to field configuration and pressed hide the ID field.

In our test environment if I want to update the Id field now I get following error:

customfield_11400":"Field 'customfield_11400' cannot be set. It is not on the appropriate screen, or unknown.

 Before I could update the Id field without any problem.

If you hide a field, can you no longer update it ?? 

What would really be weird, because it is just a GUI thing. JIRA REST Api only works on database level I always thought ? 

This is my class:

public class OrderpositionCustomFieldsACC extends MainFields {


String Id;


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Hi @Albert Cameron ,

the Jira REST API also is based on the same settings you configure for the ui. If some field is not on the create/edit screen, you can’t set the value.

On Cloud, there’s an additional parameter to overrideScreenSettings. However, on Server, there’s no such thing.

I guess that was not the answer you hoped for. You might want to checkout Scriptrunner behaviors to hide fields. I haven’t really used it myself, but I think that might be able to help you.


Aha. Ok. It is not possible to update hidden field with Jira REST Api because it behaves more like a normal Jira user. It is possible to update hidden field with Jira Core Api though like when using ComponentAccessor class .

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Thomas Deiler Community Leader Nov 04, 2021

Dear @Albert Cameron ,

so its is.

One work-a-round: Create a "hidden" transition to you workflow, that only the API user can execute. Add to the transition screen your ID field.

Alternatively you could call

POST /rest/screens/{screenId}/tabs/{tabId}/fields

to add the field to the screen, then update your hidden ID field and with

DELETE /rest/screens/{screenId}/tabs/{tabId}/fields/{id}

remove the field again (hide it).

So long


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