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Using smart value or smart variable in Automation Lookup Issues Action

Is it possible to use smart values or smart variables within the JQL statement used in "Lookup Issues" actions?

I am having trouble doing so.

I have a custom field that is a list of project keys.

I have a custom type that has that field set.

I want to find all instances of this custom type that has that custom field set to a specific value that equals the project key that the object I am creating is within.

So custom smart variable projKey is set to {{issue.project.key}}

How do I then use that smart variable in the jql in a find issues action?

My jql looks like

"Project Key[Dropdown]" = "{{projKey}}"

but it will not validate.

If I instead use a static string that is one of my project keys, the it validates.

"Project Key[Dropdown]" = "Foobar"


Any ideas?  Thanks.

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Hi @Kyle Quevillon 

Yes, you may dynamically build JQL within an automation rule, and it will not validate because the values in the smart values are unknown at the time of rule writing.

Would you please provide an image of your entire rule and JQL for the lookupIssues action?  That may give the community more information to help you.  Thanks!

Best regards,


wwalser Atlassian Team Feb 09, 2021

This is correct, JQL statements containing smart values can not be validated since we have no value to substitute in for the smart value until an automation is running. 

I'll pass a note to our technical writer who will consider adding wording calling out this fact.

Thanks for letting us know that this is confusing.

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