Search for start of string

Jesper Thusgaard August 23, 2018


I want to make a filter that shows me all "Product Name" that starts with a specific word (lets say microsoft) 

The filter should show me this case:

Microsoft Word

But not this case: 

Word Microsoft

Is this possible?  

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Jesper Thusgaard August 23, 2018

I already use ~ it gives me both all instances of the word im searching for. I ønly want the ones where the search word is the first in that field.

nija_kanthan August 23, 2018

You can filter with Regular Expressions.

Try the issueFieldMatch function from the Script Runner plugin. It offers the regex support that you seek.

Regex - /^Microsoft/
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Jesper Thusgaard August 23, 2018

That is quite an expencive plugin just to do this one search.

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nija_kanthan August 23, 2018

Without Regular Expressions you cannot achieve start of string search.

  1. Regular expressions are not supported by JQL - (JQL Documentation)
  2. First character cannot be wildcard ( '*', '?' )

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Jesper Thusgaard August 23, 2018

OK, that is kind of sad. Seams to be a good thing to be able to do.

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Honza Stekl
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I would even say very sad...


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Nathan Thornton July 17, 2023

This is old but I came across it when looking for the answer, the best way to do this (in 2023) is to use the contains character ~ with the * wildcard character like below:

summary ~ "Microsoft*"
Johan Fredrik Varen September 22, 2023

This worked wonders for me. I've tagged all tasks with a Version field on the form 1.2.3 (SemVer), and wanted a way to show e.g. all 1.2 tasks. Easy as

fixVersion ~ "1.2.*"

I tried without the asterisk, just the trailing period character, but that didn't work.

Johannes Weil October 30, 2023

@Nathan Thornton Thanks for the tipp.

I wanted to exclude all that start with "TEMPLATE: ".

summary !~ "TEMPLATE: " // did not work (as expected) :-|
summary !~ "TEMPLATE: *" // did not work :-(
summary !~ "TEMPLATE:*" // did work \o/

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August 24, 2018

Smart QL can do this:


Example (assuming Product Name is a custom field):

FROM TABLE(AUX.JQL('Key, `Product Name` AS `Product`','project = robustus'))
WHERE Product LIKE 'Microsoft%'

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nija_kanthan August 23, 2018

Try to use CONTAINS ( ~ ) Operator

summary ~ "Registration"

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