Add watcher to issue security secured issue


We are using the add watcher field (

And we have a project secured by issue security schemes.

Is it possible to allow browse issues just to users that are in "watchers" role and to edit the watchers after creation?

In issue security scheme I could add "User Custom Field Value (Add Watcher)", but I cannot add new users to watchers. Everytime I try I get message "The user "ttester" does not have permission to view this issue. This user will not be added to the watch list." althought he has permissions to browse project. How can I setup such a configuration?



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Because you are using issue level security, you can't actually use the watcher field in order to grant this user access to that issue.   It's not project permissions that are preventing this, it's a limitation of the issue security.  But I think this is by design.

If you check out the Issue Level Security: Adding members to a security level, it explains that:

A security level's members may consist of:

  • Individual users
  • Groups
  • Project roles
  • Issue roles such as 'Reporter', 'Project Lead', and 'Current Assignee'
  • 'Anyone' (eg. to allow anonymous access)
  • A (multi-)user or (multi-)group picker custom field.

This doesn't permit you to use watchers to give security access specifically.  However what you could do is create a multi-user or multi group custom field, and have that custom field appear on this project.  From there you could change the issue level security to grant users access that are on that field.  From there you can manually edit that custom field for all the issues where you want to grant this user/group access.  

It is not as simple as using the watcher field would be, but this one way to be able to manage and adjust access to issues when using security levels in Jira.

This worked nice. Thank you.

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