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JIRA REST API: User search not working as documented

I'm trying to use the user search to find a user by display name:

Example URL: https://<jira-instance>/rest/api/2/user/search?query=Test



{ "errorMessages": [ "The username query parameter was not provided" ], "errors": {}}

 In order to make this work I also have to supply the `username` attribute which defeats the purpose of the user search.


As far as I can tel, this request should work according to the documentation here:


Am I doing something wrong here?


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Hi @Emil Berglind ,

Could you try this https://<jira-instance>/rest/api/2/user/search?username=Test 

That seems to work, thanks! So, is the query parameter not actually used for anything since if providing the username attribute you're effectively cancelling that out? And, the username attribute actually searches in the displayName as well?

@Emil Berglind - A query string that is matched against user attributes ( displayName, and emailAddress) to find relevant users. The string can match the prefix of the attribute's value. For example, query=john matches a user with a displayName of John Smith and a user with an emailAddress of Required, unless accountId or property is specified.


Kindly accept the answer so that the post can be marked as Solved. Thanks

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