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'ORDER BY status DESC' Is there any other ways of ordering in JQL?


I wanted to order a column. I know I can use DESC or ASC, but is there any other way to order. Can I give my own preference in ordering:

Eg. Order like --> Status --> First Done, Second - In Testing, Third - Rejected etc.

I am trying to match SQL query similar to this but could not. Do you have a guide or ability for this in JQL.


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Your only option in JQL is to order status by DESC or ASC. There is information on using the 'ORDER BY' keyword here.

However, you can set the order of the statuses will be listed using the Statuses admin page, which can be found via Administration > Issues > Statuses. The URL to get there will be: 


On this screen you can use the little arrows to change the order of the statuses:


This will change the order they show in on the search screen.

For example, if you move "Done" to the top on the Statuses admin page, it will show first on the search screen when you do JQL like: 

order by status ASC

Hope this helps a bit.


Thanks Sam Hall!

Question: Is there no other way to update those? What if you have 54 statuses, and you need to move #38 to #1? 
Do I really have to click the up arrow 37 times and wait for the page to reload each time? :( :( :(

In later versions, you can drag the dotted metal panel into the right place, rather than have to click 37 times, although you're still going to get a page refresh on each move.

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Hi Nic, as far as version, we are JIRA cloud.  I also found out if I press the up-arrow 6-8 times, it registers most of those clicks and moves up 6-8 slots. That made it a little more bearable, but I still spent over an hour moving statuses around. 

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Hi Nic Brough [Adaptavist], can you explain what you mean by the "dotted metal panel"? I am on /secure/admin/ViewStatuses.jspa using 7.5.2.

Craig~ I assume he means the ":::::::" bars (vertical though, not horizontal) next to the status itself. On my version (cloud) I still only have the arrows, but the server version may have those bars that allow you to drag and drop.

Here's an example from my "request type" section.  I can drag these up and down as needed. 

Bars Next To The Types.png

Yes, thank you @Rosa Guthrie that's exactly what I meant.  A server install of Jira will have either arrows or the bars, depending on version.

Deleted user May 19, 2018

Thanks @Rosa Guthrie for clarifying, I know what @Nic Brough {Adaptavist} means now. Oddly, I still can't see them, neither in Chrome nor in Firefox (see below). Am I just not seeing it? I just upgraded to 7,9.2, FYI.

I have always been confused by "JIRA Server". Mine is self-hosted. Does that equate to JIRA Server?

BTW, @Rosa Guthrie, love your avatar!



Craig's JIRA Server - Statuses - no drag-n-drop bars.png

You have the arrows as Sam described earlier, use them to order the status.

If you are running "self hosted", it is Jira Server, (or Data Centre, which is essentially several Jira Server installs hooked together)

@[deleted] hahaha! thanks. I chose it because in my company I often seem to be the go-to person for "I would like..." and "I sure wish that..." and "if the system could do x...".   I guess everyone thinks I am a genie that grants wishes. LOL!

Also~ see my post from Sept 19th 2017.  It's a bit of a pain, but if you have a huge list of statuses like mine, you can hit the arrows 6-7 times and it will climb by that many before the screen refreshes. 

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@Rosa Guthrie love it! As for your suggestion from Sep 19, 2017, thanks, I missed that.

@Nic Brough {Adaptavist} Yes, I know I can use the arrows; I was just hopeful that because I have JIRA Server, latest version, the statuses would be draggable, no? You wrote, "A server install of Jira will have either arrows or the bars, depending on version." Does that mean that draggability is only on older versions?

The more I use jira and find basic functionality like this lacking, the more I realise it's little better than a poorly designed CRUD system + public emails (i.e. threads are visible by all)


Can I do simple thing in jira?

most common answers:

 - no

 - yes if you install x for which your company will not allow or pay for

 - yes if you are a sys admin which you are not

 - this is on our backlog to fix

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There're no way to drag and drop the status as far as I know (712.3). Just click the arrow till you break your mouse

Hello Sam Hall,

Thanks for the above answer. We have lots of projects in our JIRA self-hosted instance and the same statuses used by multiple projects/workflows. If I do the above changes for one project, will it impact to others or is there any other way to make the changes for a specific project.

HI Bishnu - the status order in the configuration page is global. The order you pick there will apply to JQL search results regardless of project.

And you can't order by StatusCategory, which would also have been useful 

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