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A workaround for deleted field context


A Few months ago, I wrote a Script that actually helps to rebuild a deleted field context from Jira custom field. Yes, this ticket JRACLOUD-27957 that has plagued Cloud Instances. My aim was to give some sort of comfort to those users, who accidentally click the "x" button which deletes the context thinking it was a close button.

For you to be able to use this script, you must at least have a little understanding on how to run it on a terminal following the "HOW TO USE" below.

What this Script does:

  • It can be able to create back a custom field option → How this is done, is a loop through the entire issue key, if an option exist in the changelog history, it will be created.

  • It rebuilds back the option values on each Jira Issue, by checking the changelog history, identifying the right field and updating the issue with the field value.

  • If you have deleted the field, this script can also be used to create the custom field.

  • If you already know the options and have added it as a default value in the custom field context, the field is able to skip rebuilding the options and simply post back the correct value.


  • Download the Script as a module from Github Context Field Rebuilder  in order to use. This script uses REST API, so you will need your Atlassian email Address + API token to authenticate your instance.

  • Save on your Desktop and CD into the directory on your Terminal then run the script  by using 

  • $: python3 
  • OR
  • $: python 
  • if your machine is already on python 3 and follow the prompt.

  • Just enter the project key, you would like rebuild. Please enter a valid Project key. example NB For multiple projects, please separate by comma. e.g NB, NGT, TIS

Current Limitations

  • It takes a long time when it comes to building up context for Larger Projects.
  • It will only build the options / values as long as it exist on the Issue History.
  • There's no last save point if the script accidentally stops, you will need to start back again afresh.

Things to take Note on!

  • Since we're updating the issue via API, the user making the update will display as having made an update on all the issues and the updated time will change to reflect that update.
  • An updated issue event will be sent as notifications. you can temporarily disable this to avoid the notification noise when running this script.


As a rule of thumb, run a test first on a test instance to ensure it meets your requirements before using on a Production Instance.

1 comment

Pramodh M Community Leader Jan 27, 2022

Hi @Prince Nyeche 

What about the Server?

Hey @Pramodh M I never tested it on server but I believe with minor modification to the endpoints, you can get it to work on server.

Like Pramodh M likes this
Pramodh M Community Leader Jan 28, 2022

Thanks @Prince Nyeche 


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