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Query for open stories with closed sub-tasks

Is it possible to frame a JQL query (or any other mechanism) to search for stories that are not in an end state even though all their children/sub-tasks are marked as completed (in an end state)?

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Hi @Swaroop Rao ,


We can get these type of results by using the plugin JQL Search Extensions for Jira

following query will give you the required results.

Jql : ( issuetype = Story AND status = "Open") AND subTaskStatus = Closed        (for Cloud)

( issuetype = Story AND status = "Open") AND issue in subTaskStatus("Closed") (for Sever)




Pff... and again - common issue to be solved by plugin.  that is needed for only a few people/users, but has to be paid for all kind of users.  Nah, won't do - will be best to eventually look for/suggest other tooling as a whole...

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Hi @Swaroop Rao and welcome to the community.

I do not believe you can do this with out-of-the-box Jira, and...

Yes, you can write a query to do that if you have an add-on like ScriptRunner.  That will allow you to build a nested query checking the subtasks' status.  Here is another community posting which shows an example:

Best regards,


Jack Brickey Community Leader Jul 17, 2019

Yes. You will need an addon for this e.g. scriptrunner 

Like Swaroop Rao likes this

Thank you, Bill & Jack. I decided to use the REST API to build a small app to do this. It seems to be working correctly but I'll have to do a bit more testing.

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