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JQL for birthday


I have a custom field in Jira cloud for birthdays and I'd like to construct a JQL to filter out everyone who has a birthday today. Is that possible in some easy way?

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Hi @Henrik Åmark 

Using HR: Employee User Profile you can add any data about employees to Jira including birthdays. This information can be added us custom fields, so you can use JQL for searching. 

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This app was created by my SaaSJet team, so if you will have any questions, let me know.


For Jira cloud, we created a small tool, which could help to remind about the colleagues' birthdays. More details on the Marketplace:

By the way - an interesting feature is to get the horoscope prediction for your zodiac sign with this application. 

Hi @Henrik Åmark

To clarify, you're looking for all issues (which represent users) who don't have a birthday today - so a JQL for day and month which ignores year (given that year could be anything in a 100 year spread)?

This isn't something which is possible with base JQL, as it searches for specific dates - eg. startofDay() assumes that is today in 2019, not today in any year.

You'd need to consider a scripted field or similar which can identify if today is a user's birthday using the day and month. An app like ScriptRunner should allow you to do this. I'm not so hot on ScriptRunner Cloud though so best to read through the vendor's support page or contact them directly with that question!

A simple alternative is to set their birthday each year to the actual date - for example:

  • Locate all issues with a Birthday date of 03/12/2019 - set as this regardless of their date of birth
  • Filter them out using the query from Tuncay above
  • Once you reach the end of 03/12/2019, locate all those users with that specific date and change it to 03/12/2020 for the next year.

More manual, but a simpler fix.

Let me know if this was not the issue or the field isn't on an issue-level but a user-level.


Thanks. I used the Automation for Jira add-on and simply created a new field where I stored the reminder date, the next birthday then add one year to that field every time a birthday is happening in the automation rule.

Not as clean, but it works.

^ I actual think this is an awesome way of doing it - great alternative to the more manual method.


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Tuncay Senturk Community Leader Nov 30, 2019

Hi @Henrik Åmark 

I think you should clarify a bit more. If you have a date custom field named Birthday and you have issue per person setting the Birthday, you can use jql like below:

Birthday >= startOfDay() and Birthday <= endOfDay()

You are spot on with your assumptions. I have a custom field on each issue for entering a birthday. The JQL you provided works if the birthday is today, but will not work next year as it will include the year as well. Or did I miss something?

Tuncay Senturk Community Leader Dec 02, 2019

Hi @Henrik Åmark 

Sorry for the late response. And yes, you're 100% right, the year part would be a problem for my Jqls. And as far as I know, this can't be achieved without a script or app.

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