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How can I set tickets to automtically close after x amount of days of no response by the customer?

Would greatly appeciate an answer!

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Jack Community Leader Sep 15, 2017

So i found that this question was already answered here. Or at least I think it will meet your needs.

Basically, you need to do the following:

  1. define a new SLA for the "Waiting for customer" status setting the amount time before closure
  2. setup an automation on the SLA being breached and transition the issue. 

You may wish to create a pre-alert 'curtesy' automation rule to notify via comment that their issue will be closed w/in ?? days unless you hear back. Let me know if, you need detailed help on this. While I think it should be pretty straightforward at this point I'm certainly here to provide clarity.


Thank you for the help and pointing out the cloud. I have tried for a solid hour and I am still having problems... Further assistance would be greatly appreicated.

Jack Community Leader Sep 15, 2017 • edited

Ok so on a plane at the moment landing soon which will likely delay the details but will get back to it in a couple hours.

Where are you stuck? Have you been able to create the new SLA?

here is a quick pic of the automation i just did below. note that it us using Time to resoulution SLA here because that is all I have in place. but you "should" be able to create the new one and selcect here. the IF statement is for issue matches status = Waiting for customer, and the THEN is to transition to resolved.

close if W4C too long.jpg

I dont see the option to close when waiting for the customer anywhere.

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Jack Community Leader Sep 18, 2017


as I mentioned before you have to create the new SLA and new automation. Below is what I defined and if you follow it you should be fine. NOTE: you will want to tweak things a bit for your specific use case, e.g. statuses, timeout duration, etc.

1. Define the new SLA - Project > Project Settings > SLA click on the "Switch SLA" link at top and select New Metric. Here are the details for SLA...


2.  Define the new Automation - Project > Project Settings > Automation. Here are the details...


Jack Community Leader Sep 18, 2017

BTW....don't edit the Time to Resolution SLA create a new one as I mentioned.

THANK YOU. set it up just like that. I appreciate the walk through.

Jack Community Leader Sep 18, 2017

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Hi Alden;

You can create a rule on Automation tab in Administration and click "add rule";
Give rule name;


Cron schedule detail link as below
but your request like below.
0 15 8 15 * ?   (8:15 am on the 15th day of every month.)

in JQL , you can add status as "waiting for customer" or whatever you want.(our rule like this : status = resolved AND resolutiondate <= -3d means when status reslved and customer does not change staus as closed in 3 days , automacly chage status as Closed  )


Important thing in next step; you have to choose correct close transition name.

Important thing in next step; you have to choose correct "close transition" name. so you can check close transion name in project workflow. Becuse every transition action is displayed in this part.


I hope it will be helpful


Best regards 

My friend, jira 1.5.PNGI want to thank you for taking the time to answer and to answer in such detail. However I am not getting the same set up options and it is causing some confusion. I am attaching pics.. Thank you in advancejira 0.PNGjira prob 1.PNGjira 1.5.PNG



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did not mean to attach the duplicats. only 3

Hi Alden;

it is not in project setting; it is in Jira adminisitration-->Add-Ons-->Automation



Hello Volkan,

My only option when clicking the setting is projects.

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Jack Community Leader Sep 15, 2017

Alden, you appear to be on Cloud whereas Volkan is on Server. So there are differences there. There should be a way to do this w/in cloud automation however. I will have a look and get back to you.

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