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Is it possible to use smart values in Summary field when creating issues with Jira Automation?

I love the Jira Automation plugin, but it seems I am unable to use the smart values for the month description on the Summary field?

We have recurring tasks and I want to insert the name of the current month into the Summary, but whatever I tried with smart values, it was not satisfactory.

I've tried:







The best I've got are only numbers, like 1 for January, or the whole date-string for now, but I would need a descriptive name, like January, not just the number 1. I suppose it is possible to do this only with custom smart values? How would you do this?




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Gareth Cantrell
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Jan 11, 2021


You can use the .format(<date pattern>) smart function to achieve this.

This function uses the underlying Java data/time formatting patterns (available here).

For your specific scenario, you can use the following smart value:


Thank you Gareth, this format works perfectly.

And thank you for the Java formatting patterns!


Have a great day!

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Mohamed Benziane
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Jan 11, 2021 • edited

Hi @janez_m 


You can use this it should works fine (it will return "January" in this case) :



Hope this helps 

Thank you Mohamed, I've tried the "LLLL" but it only prints "1", but Gareth pointed out I can use the "MMMM" option and it works perfectly.


Thank you also for the java hint for date formatting.


Have a great day!

I found out that there are other possibilities of formatting the date, but just two to write the whole name of the month with other date data, but none just for the month..


January 11, 2021

Jan 11, 2021

Monday, January 11, 2021 2:42:33 PM GMT




I had a very similar issue in the past. I had a workaround using a postfunction which was able to modify the summery. 

  1. Create the issue with Automation
  2. Add a postfunction in the workflow at the 'Create' transaction to modify the summary to your needs.
    1. Don't forget to filter out the tickets not created by the automation!
  3. Enjoy.

Best: Peter

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