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Jira API v2 bad request using special caracteres Edited


I'm using the Jira API v2 to create an issue. I'm facing a trouble when I send a string with special caracteres on description filed.

Here the example that is working for me when I send a POST method to rest/api/2/issue:

var dataToCreateAnIssue = "{\"fields\":{\"project\":{\"key\":\"" + key + "\"},\"summary\":\"" + title + "\",\"description\":\"" + descp+ "\",\"issuetype\":{\"name\":\"Bug\"}}}";

But when I have special caracteres like ">" or "<" in my string dataToCreateAnIssue, I got the error 'The remote server returned an error: (400) Bad Request.'
I need to automate it, and my string will always have various special caracteres.

How can I resolve this? Any suggestion?

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Hello @Rafael Gustavo Panizzon ,

The description field needs some additional formatting to preserve the input variables as text rather than command inputs for the API call, and the following stripped-down example should do the trick to pass in the "<" and ">" characters as a basic example for the minimum inputs needed for a create issue POST:

curl --request POST \ 
'' \
'<api_token>' \
'Accept: application/json' \
'Content-Type: application/json' \ --data '{
"update": {},
"fields": {
"issuetype": {
"id": "10001"
"project": {
"id": "10000"
"description": {
"type": "doc",
"version": 1,
"content": [
"type": "paragraph",
"content": [
"text": "TEST API description with special characters < and >",
"type": "text"

Additional details on the field formating check out the example section under the Create issue API documentation 


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