How to run Groovy script without using ScriptRunner?

I want to run a Groovy script but don't want to invest in the ScriptRunner plugin as we very seldom run scripts.

Please could someone suggest the easiest way to do this and, if possible, direct me to some documentation about how to do it?

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You'll need to find or write a framework that can be plugged into JIRA and execute the groovy for you.

Well. It's a lot of cheaper to develop it on our own. License price $8000 for ScriptRunner is just too big, not worth it... It's 4 times month price of the developer. Development of such framework takes much less...

It may well be.  ScriptRunner is definitely overkill if you only want a handful of scripts.  In fact, rather than duplicating the part of ScriptRunner you think you need, you would probably be better off writing your specific requirements as an add-on.  The SDK makes it very easy to write add-ons (create skeleton, add code, compile and test locally, upload add-on)

What kind of script are you planning to run ?

The script you suggested here smile

And which version of JIRA you're running ?

JIRA 7.1 (JIRA Software)

OK, so you can't use the free version of ScriptRunner. Then better write a simple JIRA add-on using java and use it to bulk change what you need. 

You can use the same sample code I've provided(with just a few modifications) in a simple add-on that exposes a REST endpoint(so you can easily call it).

You can grab a working REST add-on example from

Thanks, that's very helpful. Out of interest, under what circumstances can one run the 'free version of ScriptRunner'?

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If you're running an older version of JIRA that you can install SR 3.x on (JIRA 6 or below)

Thanks for all the replies to my question.

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