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Adding request participants automatically to new request

Dear all,

I would like to add automatically a person to "Request participants" when a new request is created.

I tried to use the automation function by creating a rule: WHEN Issue created THEN Edit issue. This doesn't work since the possible field options for "Edit Issue" do not include "Request participants". So that I could select "Request participants" instead of "Assignee" as this screenshot shows.

I would like to know how I can either add "Request participants" as an option for "Edit Issue" or if there is another way to achieve my goal? The other related questions I have found here, couldn't help me further.

Thank you!

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Andy Heinzer Atlassian Team Oct 03, 2017

Hi Wolfgang,

I understand you are wanting to automatically add a user to the request participants when an issue is created in Jira Service Desk.  I am afraid this is not something that Service Desk can do natively at this time.  There is an open feature request for this ability in  I would recommend voting/watching that feature request for updates on this.  

The interesting part is that this feature request does list a workaround KB that explains how this could be done with either of two 3rd party plugins for Jira.  Please see the KB How to automatically add request participants when creating an issue

I hope this helps.

Thank you for your answer, Andrew. It helps a lot. Thanks again.

The method specified in the KB article does not actually write the change to the database, effectively making it useless.

Andy Heinzer Atlassian Team Mar 30, 2020

Hi @Sam,

I have every expectation that the work-around in the KB are still valid, but that said these were created a few years ago, so perhaps something has changed since then. 

Could you tell me more about your environment and what you are seeing here?  Are you using Jira Cloud or Jira Server?  If Jira Server, what version are you using of Jira and Jira Service Desk?

Were you following the scriptrunner method, or the automation for Jira method?


Hi Wolfgang,

I'm guessing you've solved this by now but just in case I wanted to let you know that the Power Scripts add-on can also do this.

There is a video walking you through it step by step here.


What you can do is create a custom field A (for example) that the user can fill and through the workflow, on request creation, copy the value from custom field A to the request participant field and make sure you set up permissions and notification for that field.


@Stefan Saikalywhat do you mean by "set up permissions and notification for that field". Were you able to implement this solution for yourself? did that work?


Yes, since people complained about using the Share button cause it creates a two step work.

We created a field, and copied its value to the request participant field.

As for permissions, you need to add the request participants in the permission scheme in order for them to be able to see the request and the notification scheme in order to get notifications when they are added to the request.


I am trying this solution and the values from that custom field just wont get copied to the request participants?! Actually I am using Automation for Jira and trying smart value to copy the values.

Can you explain to me in detail how you are attempting to do it?

1. it is a create issue trigger

2. I check if the custom field is not empty

3. I edit the issue, 'request participants' -> {{issue.fields.customfield.value}}

no errors, but it just wont copy.

Alright, so the way to do it if you read carefully, is on the CREATE TRANSITION in the WORKFLOW, so between CREATE and the next status, click on the transition and choose POST FUNCTION. Inside, click ADD POST FUNCTION, and inside choose COPY VALUE FROM OTHER FIELD. Inside, you choose the custom field and then the destination field, in your case the request participants.

Got it, thank you.


Like Stefan Saikaly likes this

hi stefan,

would you know how to achieve this using jira cloud?

post function is not available in jira cloud.



Unfortunately I never worked Jira cloud yet. but maybe this URL can help you out?


@AgentThe post function is available in cloud as well. I am on cloud and I was able to use post function.


please bear with me. 
can you share how you got it to work in your environment? 
i added the custom field CC in the request types. tried to "edit workflow" but no post function available.
went to workflows but nothing's active. im not sure what workflow is being used by the request type. 



@Agent you should generally see a default work flow under Active. In this case, try looking under the 'Inactive' (click on it and it will expand) and you should assign it to an issue type. If not you need to create a new work flow (look for a create option on that page) and assign it to an issue type. 

Once you have assigned a workflow to an issue type, try editing (preferably in the diagram mode) and look for various transition items including post functions.

Hi Everyone,

Hope you do well.

I was searching something on the same topic and may be someone has already experienced it.

Our users write to us on support email and that creates a ticket in the service desk. Problem is when they included someone in CC of the email then it does not tag that person to request participants. Is it possible to do that?

Andy Heinzer Atlassian Team Jan 25, 2023

Yes it's possible. The documentation in Add request participants through email, explains the expected behavior here and links to other documentation that should help:

Agents and project admins can add new customers to a project at any time by including their email address in the “To” or “Cc” field when replying to a request’s email notification. Learn more about users and roles in Jira Service Management.

Depending on your customer access settings and project customer permissions, customers may be able to add people to the project as new customers by including their email address in the “To” or “Cc” field when replying to a request’s email notification. Learn more about how customer access settings impact project customer permissions.

If you want that CC user to have access to the request, then you might need to adjust the Service Management settings for that project so that

  1. customers can create their own accounts, and
  2. that customers can share the request with other users. 

If they can't do either of those things, JSM might not be able to grant that user CC'd user access to the request itself.

I want to reopen a ticket when a user in "Requested Participants" field are commenting on an issue. Is this possible or is it only when Reporter comments that the ticket ca be reopened in an automation?

Hi Ulrika,

Thanks for raising it. I have the same problem here. may be someone can help?

Thank you,


thanks my issue has been fixed ..



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