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JQL : Can you order by a substring?

I've got a bunch of tickets with the following summaries

  • key, summary
  • JIRA-122, 1.1 - Do bar
  • JIRA-1, 1.3 - Do bedobedo
  • JIRA-5, 1.2 - Do bby is a free elf
  • JIRA-123, 1.1 - Do foo


I'd like to be able to do something like this: `ORDER BY substring(summary, 1,3), key` so I get an ordered list like this

  • JIRA-122, 1.1 - Do bar
  • JIRA-123, 1.1 - Do foo
  • JIRA-5, 1.2 - Do bby is a free elf
  • JIRA-1, 1.3 - Do bedobedo

Never mind the naive substring selection (I know it'll break if those numbers go into double digits), but can I do an ORDER BY like this?


I've got a horrible feeling (since I've not been able to find any examples), I'll need to create a custom field and store the rank there and sort that.

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Hi @Mark Sta Ana 

In your example, the thing you wanted to sort-by was always at the beginning of the summary.  So why not just ORDER BY summary?

If instead your substring is after the beginning, you would:

  • need some type of scripting addon;
  • extract the values into a custom field, and then sort; or
  • if you only need this a few times, export to a spreadsheet to do it.

Best regards,

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