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Unable to close issues with Jira automation


Whenever I setup any automation with transitioning an issue to CLOSED aka DONE, I get the following error message in the automation logs:

Action details:

Transition issue

Destination status could not be resolved. If using a smart-value ensure this resolves to a numeric status ID or untranslated name for issues (with current status)


The workflow allows to close the issue. I have also tried transitioning to another status which works with no issues. Any idea what the error means?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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The simplest solution is to change the Actor in the Automation Rulte into your user or any user who has permission to apply this transition, also the permission to close an issue.


I am having the same issue with one of my automation rules. It was working with "Transition issue to Canceled", but is not working with "Transition issue to Done" or "Transition issue to Closed". I validated the atlassian-addons role has permissions to edit statuses of an issue and transition them through the workflow.

Check all the required fields. thats what the issue was for me. 

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John Funk Community Leader Jul 16, 2020

Hi Carsten - Welcome to the Atlassian Community!

Are there any Conditions or Validators on the transition to CLOSED? You might need to add the atlassian-addons group to the transition condition. 


No the permissions for transitioning and closing an issue are the same. There are no other restrictions to closing an issue than the permissions and the workflow. Both are fine.

John Funk Community Leader Jul 16, 2020

But you are saying that it moves the issue to Closed anyway? So you are just getting an annoying message but everything works?

No, the issue is actually not closed. This is the only part of my desired transition that doesn't work. I have singled it out. This just doesn't work. And I don't comprehend the error message...

John Funk Community Leader Jul 16, 2020

Can you post a screenshot of the audit log with the message?

John Funk Community Leader Jul 16, 2020

Oh, and is this a Next-gen project? Or do you use Next-gen projects? And if so, are there other projects that use the Closed status?

It is not a Next-Gen Project but the Closed status is used by a lot of other projects as well.

John Funk Community Leader Jul 17, 2020

I still think it is a permission issue somewhere. Take a look at the Permission Scheme for that Project to see who has Transition Issue permissions. The atlassian-addons-project-role needs to be there. 

Any update on this? Im having the same issue for a 'Next-Gen' Jira Service Manager

John Funk Community Leader Dec 02, 2020

Hi Nathan - Welcome to the Atlassian Community!

It's always best to open a new question with the Community so more people will see it. That way you can describe exactly what you are doing and what is not working for your instance. 

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Alright ill give that a shot. I thought it was best to use existing forums as its the same issue. Thats how our other software is. 



John Funk Community Leader Dec 02, 2020

Each occurrence per user is usually a little bit different. And, again, the main thing is that the only people who see it are the ones in the post. In this case, just two people - versus thousands seeing it. 

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@Nathan No, I haven't figured out the reason. I have since dropped it because this automation was not a must have for me. I'd be interested in your issue though :)

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@Carsten Häusler So i added a new request. For me, the answer to the issue was a missing required field. So after confirming the flow and triggers and validation and all required fields were in, it worked for me. 

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John Funk Community Leader Aug 11, 2021

Hey @Carsten Häusler  - Anything new here? Is there a way we can close out this open question? Thanks!

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