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Automation for Jira: Transition to previous state



I in our workflow we have the status "Wait". When we transition to the status we set a "Wait until" date.
Once that date's been reached the automation rule executes and notifies the assignee via e-mail about the waiting period being over.

The "Wait" status can be reached from various other statuses but can always only go back to the previous one and itself.

Now we want the issue to automatically transition back to the status it came from,
(Like, if it comes from "Planning" it can only go back there.)

I already tried it with smart values from the Advanced fields documentation but that didn't work.

Specifically I tried using the value below. But it always gives me an error in the audit log that the transition needs a numerical status id.


Is there any other way to solve this?


Thanks in advance.

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Hi Sebastian,

Yes we don't really support this very well yet (see

For now the best option would be to record the previous status id in a custom field as @Christopher Jaksch mentioned.

You could use a rule like this:

  • Trigger: Field value changed with status
  • Edit issue and set the 'Previous status' field to  {{fieldChange.from}}

Then you could transition to {{issue.Previous status}} using the 'Transition action'.

We'll hopefully make this easier in future, but we've got quite a few higher priority items in our backlog currently.


@Christopher Jaksch/ @andreas

Thanks you two.

That solution worked. :)

How was this accomplished?  I'm not sure what "transition action" means. Where do I place "{{issue.Previous status}}"?

I'm using Automation Lite for JIRA.

Figured it out. Disregard.

Hi Derk 

How did you do:

 I'm not sure what "transition action" means. Where do I place "{{issue.Previous status}}"?


I can't figured it out yet :-(

Dear @Derek Mart - How can I specify {{issue.Previous status}} in the Transition Action? - All I get is copy or the statuses available but no free expression field.

Nevermind @Derek Mart - Figured it out. Thanks for your solution. 

Can anyone think of why I would get a 5-digit code for {{fieldChange.from}} for status instead of its actual two-digit code?

@Peter Reiser @Derek Mart @Jan Stähle I also see the Transaction Action but don't know where to specify {{issue.Previous status}}.  Kindly advise possibly with a screenshot.  Thanks!

Figured it out.  Never mind.  Lol.

For anyone who's losing time figuring it out, paste {{issue.Previous status}} into the dropdown field for the statuses.  It then gets recognised as a smart value.  Yes, it's not intuitive enough and took some trial and error to get it.

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Hi @spe,

as a workaround you could define a new custom field "previous status" where you enter the "string" of previous status automatically via post function.

You could use this information for your automatic rule to go back from "wait" to the previous status.

Hope that helps

Best wishes

Hello @spe

If documentation is correct, it should work.

I would advise you to raise request to Automation support, because i didnt see many codebarrel guys on community :)

And you can try some workarounds, like create branched rule, that will checks prevous status 


and do direct transition based on status.

Hello @Mark Markov

I tried that, too. Unfortunately it doesn't work. In the audit log it always says that the issue doesn't match the compare condition...

I'll try the Automation support then.


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