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Auto-assignment with multiple components


I have created 3 components. For these 3 components I have specified the "Component Lead" as the "Default Assignee" and for all 3 components I have also defined one person as the "Component Lead". See:

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My question now relates to what happens when an "Issue" is created for which all 3 components are selected.

For help, I found this page
There it says:

"If an issue has multiple components, and at least one of them uses Component Lead, then the Component Lead takes precedence over Project LeadProject Default, and Unassigned as the Assignee. If the components have different Component Leads, the default assignee will be set to the Component Lead of the component that is first alphabetically."


Now I create an issue, select all 3 components and leave the "Assignee" field blank:

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I would assume that the issue is assigned to JENS, but the issue is assigned to the TEST USER instead. See:

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Can anyone help me with this? Did I do a mistake or is Jira wrong? I don't see where I made a mistake (?). I have observed this behavior on several sites and don't know why.

Kind regards,



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Alex Koxaras Community Leader Sep 12, 2022

Hi @Ben 

Has Jens a last name? If yes, from what letter does it start?

Alex Koxaras Community Leader Sep 12, 2022

And in addition, do all of your user has the assignable user permission? Can they be assigned?

Hi @Alex Koxaras , 

thanks for your answer. Yes, all user have the assignable user permission . I think the last name of the User is not relevant. The alphabetical order is related to the component, not the User (as I understand it).

Alex Koxaras Community Leader Sep 12, 2022


A component default assignee will override the project's overall default assignee. If someone creates an issue with more than one component, and the default assignees for those components are different people, then Jira assigns the issue to the default assignee of the component that was created in the system first.

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Thanks! That helped me a lot. Just for your information: Here it is described differently (wrong) 


Kind regards,


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Alex Koxaras Community Leader Sep 12, 2022

Ben the documentation you provide is for the Server, not for Cloud :)

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Thanks again ;) 

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Rilwan Ahmed Community Leader Sep 12, 2022

Hi @Ben ,

I too noticed it now. Jira is taking the ID of users and sorting it instead of the display names.

You can click on the names and you see the user ID (its alpha numeric)


Ok, but shouldn't Jira sort it alphabetically according to the COMPONENT, not the component lead?

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