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Automation - when version released post release notes to slack

Spending some time setting up JIRA Automation which will save many man hours! Very exciting new feature.


Aiming to create a rule which 'When: Version released' it posts a message to our #releases slack channel.


Is it possible to retrieve the release notes in text format within the 'Send Slack message' actions Message box?



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Hi @Nick Phillips 

Yes, you can do that.

Trigger on the version release and then use JQL to get the associated issues, if you want to include those.  To see what is available for the version smart value, please see:

If you cannot see what you want, consider using the REST API to grab an example version and see if other attributes are available:


Best regards,


@William Sheboy  

For the JQL for the associated issues, what function can I use to query for only the version which was released, or does the trigger sort that out for me?

Hi @Alex Romano 

The trigger provides the version that you use in the query.  Here is what worked for me in a test...

  • Trigger: version released
  • Action: lookup issues, using the query below.  Note the quotes around the version in order to handle any version names which have embedded spacing.
project = myProject AND fixVersion = '{{}}'
  • Action: add however you want to send the notification to provide the list.  I tried an email including the following to build an HTML list of the looked up issues.
Release {{}} included these items:

<li><a href="{{url}}">{{key}}</a>: {{summary}}</li>{{/}}


Best regards,


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worked like a charm.  Thanks @Bill Sheboy 

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Hi @Joey Klein  -- Welcome to the Atlassian Community!

I am glad that worked for you.


On release, I am trying to post a comment to the JIRA released but on saving the below it throws an error. Any clues?


Hi @Avril Pinto -- Welcome to the Atlassian Community!

What is the error message that shows next to that trigger?

Best regards,

I'm trying that same content in an email content section.


Release {{}} included these items:

<li><a href="{{url}}">{{key}}</a>: {{summary}}</li>


I get the first line "Release..." but not the list.  Any ideas?

Hi @Joe Miller 

Please post an image of your complete rule and the audit log showing the details where the rule did not work as expected.  That will provide context for the community to comment.

Without that information, I can hypothesize, either:

  1. You are using Lookup Issues but did not first call the Lookup Issues action with JQL to gather the issues...or...
  2. You are using Jira Server/Data Center and those do not support the Lookup Issues action.  In that case, try using the Bulk Handling features of scheduled triggers and branches, and use the {{issues}} smart value rather than {{lookupIssues}}

Kind regards,

Worked.  It was the lookup.  How would I make this a global automation if I'm referencing project?

Joe, I am glad to learn that helped.

Global/multi-project rules may be created by a site admin, and they can reference all or specific projects.  Some things to note if you use such rules:

  • There are limits on the number of rule executions per month for global/multi-project rules.  (Executions are essentially unlimited for project-scope rules.)  Please discuss this with your site admin to learn your limits so you do not run out.
  • You noted releases (versions) in your first post, and those are defined at a project level.  Please ensure your rule can run in different projects, and does not assume something about releases which is only valid for one project, such as the naming convention.
  • Finally, are you using company-managed, team-managed, or a mix of projects?  The differences in the project types can impact rules, such as for status information.  Please check for those things and modify your rule accordingly.


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