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JQL to find related issues that have a specific summary text

Sean Naubert
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Oct 18, 2023

I am looking to have a query return Stories that don't have a related item if related item doesn't have specific text in the summary. 


Example of what I am trying to do....

(issueFunction in hasLinkType("Relates") AND related issue summary !~ "TEST")

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Hannes Obweger - JXL for Jira
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Oct 24, 2023 • edited

Hi @Sean Naubert,

welcome to the community!

The "issueFunction in" syntax comes with the ScriptRunner app. I'm not an expert myself, but it may be worth checking out the app documentation or reaching out to the vendor.

On somewhat of a meta level: 

Unfortunately, the problem that you are describing is trickier than one might think; as a hierarchical query, it would really require some kind of join or subquery, which isn't available in plain Jira/JQL. You'll need extra tooling for that.

A few directions forward:

  • There's different apps from the Atlassian Marketplace that extend JQL by additional functions, including hierarchy- and issue-link-related functions. ScriptRunner is one of these apps.
  • Alternatively, you could try one of the more hierarchy-focused apps from the Marketplace. These apps typically have their own ways of figuring out parent/child relationships between issues, and provide more powerful ways of searching through issue hierarchies. 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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Oct 24, 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, configure an issue hierarchy based on "relates to" 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. 

Since you've tagged your question for Jira Server: As you may have heard, apps sales have ended for Jira Server. Are you planning to migrate to Data Center or Cloud? I'd strongly recommend that. If you need some more time, JXL is perfectly compatible with Jira Server; it's just that we need to generate a license for you. If the above looks interesting, just let me know, and I'll happily start a free trial for you.

Any questions just let me know!

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Oct 20, 2023

Hi @Sean Naubert This will not work directly to use "!~" in the JQL, you need to save the above filter query  and then run the below JQL against that

filter != Your-filter-name

Please check the below Atlassian document for more details



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