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JQL for finding user stories with linked bugs



Would like to ask for help. I'm trying to create a filter of User Stories under the status of "In Progress" and with linked bugs



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Charlotte Santos -Appfire-
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Nov 14, 2023

Hi @Michelle Lagare

I'm Charlotte, a support engineer at Appfire and I'm here to help you.

Unfortunately, using vanilla JQL, you'll not be able to do it dynamically.

In the app where my team works, JQL Search Extensions for Jira, you can use this query to find stories in progress with linked bugs:

issue in linkedIssuesOfQuery("type=Bug") AND type = Story and Status = "In Progress"

 Please contact our support if you have any other questions about this query.

We’ll be happy to help you!

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Hannes Obweger - JXL for Jira
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Nov 14, 2023

Hi @Michelle Lagare

to the best of my knowledge, this is a bit trickier than one would think; your query would really require some kind of join or subquery, which isn't available in plain Jira/JQL.

A few ways forward:

  • If it's a one-off thing, you could first query your relevant bugs, and then use the issue keys of these bugs in a query like issuetype = "Story" AND status = "In progress" AND issueLink in (bug-issue-key-1, bug-issue-key-2, ...)

If you want to run your search dynamically, without manually "stitching" two queries together, you'll need extra tooling:

  • There's different apps from the Atlassian Marketplace that can help with that. First, there's a number of apps that extend JQL by additional functions, including issue-link-related functions. ScriptRunner and JQL Search Extensions are popular apps, but there are also others.
  • Alternatively, you could try one of the more hierarchy-focused apps from the Marketplace. These apps typically have their own ways of figuring out relationships between issues, and provide more powerful ways of searching through issue structures. I myself work on such an app, in which your use case would be easy to solve - I'll provide more details below.

Hope this helps,



Hannes Obweger - JXL for Jira
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Nov 14, 2023

Just to expand on the last point, this is how this would look in the app that my team and I are working on, JXL for Jira. Put simply, you'd create a sheet with all issues that are potentially relevant to you, model an issue structure based on issue links (that's just a couple of clicks), and then use JXL filtering capabilities to narrow down to the issues that you care about:


Once you have your list of issues, you can work on these directly in JXL (much like you'd do in e.g. Excel or Google Sheets), trigger various operations in Jira, or export them for further processing.

Any questions just let me know!

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