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Search Jira from your Browser

Are you still opening Jira to search Jira? That’s so 2020! There’s a much faster way. Instead, use your browser’s “search engines” feature to quickly jump to Jira projects, issues, and pages.  No navigation or clicks required!

This is my absolute favorite Jira tip because it saves time. Once it’s set up simply type a specific set of characters to jump straight to your favorite Jira locations!

Example

In the video (link below), I’ve set my browser to take me to the “DEMO” Jira project when I type:  “p tab DEMO” in the address bar.

After I type “p” and a space, my address bar changes to a search bar that looks like the screenshot below.


Notice how the address bar changes

After I type “DEMO” and press the “Enter” key, I’ll be directed to the DEMO project in Jira.

Similarly, I’ve designated the “i” character to go to a specific issue ID and other characters for other frequently accessed Jira admin pages. Here’s how to set it up:

Chrome Browser Instructions

Let’s set up the “i” character to visit a Jira issue like in the example above.

  1. Launch the Chrome browser
  2. Right click in the address bar and select “Manage search engines”
  3. Click the “Add” button next to the “Other search engines” header
  4. In the “Add search engine” overlay, enter:
    • “Jira Issue” in the “Search engine” field
    • “i” in the “Keyword field
    • https://your-jira-url.com/browse/%s” in the “URL with %s in place of query” field
  5. Click the form submission button



Chrome “Add search engine” overlay

The “%s” in the URL is a variable and represents a word or phrase you’re searching Jira for.

That’s it! To try it out, type the “i” key, then the “tab” key, then any Jira issue ID in the browser’s address bar.

Example: “i tab DEMO-1

The browser will take you directly to the URL for issue DEMO-1. It’s easy and the possibilities are endless!

Sample Jira URLs

To craft other Jira search URLs, simply find a location in Jira, copy the URL in the address bar, and substitute “%s” for the variable search term. Here are some examples:

Other Applications and Websites



Use this search trick with other websites too

You can this same trick with other applications and websites that have predictable search URL patterns like, Confluence, Dictionary.com, Twitter, and even your own website. I frequently use “d tab word” to look up a word at dictionary.com.

You can also do this in other browsers. Here are the Firefox instructions, for example.

5 comments

Kat Marketplace Partner Feb 10, 2021

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Rodney Nissen Community Leader Feb 11, 2021

Now to figure out how to do this in Firefox....

Still, a great quick how-to @Rachel Wright!

The only issue I can see is that there doesn't appear to be a way to support multiple Jira URLs. The search engine name is "Jira" regardless, so you can only add it once—i.e. for one Jira URL.

Otherwise it's certainly handy!

Hey @Christian Macy, just create one search engine record for each "type" of Jira URL you want to use.

For example, I have three records: "p" for Jira projects, "i" for Jira issues, and "b" for Jira boards.

Ex: Typing "p [tab key] DEMO" takes me to https://your-jira-url/projects/DEMO

Hope that makes sense!

Thanks @Rachel Wright ! Unfortunately I can't find a way to make that work with Firefox. You can change the shortcut for an engine, but not the name, so AFAICT in Firefox you can only add one record. :-(

You're right WRT Chrome, though—Chrome allows you to specify a name for an engine when adding it.

I commented on a relevant FF bug report providing some more info, but I'm not sure it'll go anywhere in the near future. If the search engine name included something relevant to the context (e.g. the account name and search type) then this wouldn't be an issue, but I'm not sure where to request this change on the Atlassian side.

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