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Bulk Change Project Role Assignments

Is there a way to add a user to a project role across all existing projects -- in bulk? Default role memberships is a good way to be proactive but we are looking for a retroactive method.

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Thanks Bob. My assumption will be that since you put in the effort to crearte this functionality then it cannot be found as a native JIRA operation.

We utilize some of your other work. This will be helpful, too.

With Tempo's recent move of changing permissions schemes to add a Project Role making it ncessary to add all of our company managers manually to existing projects I found a need to search for a solutoin to do it quickly ... and here I am again finding that the only way is to pay.

Sorry Bob, nothing against you making money ... just highly against forced changes that give me more work and no solution without having to spend more money than we already are.

Like Stephen Hayden likes this

Just a question: The command is the following: jira --action addProjectRoleActors --project "zjiracli" --role "administrators" --userId "project-admin" If I have 2,000 projects, is there some command like this? jira --action addProjectRoleActors --project "all" --role "administrators" --userId "project-admin" or what about if I need just 1,990 projects (not all projects)?

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Hi, I realize this is an old thread, what it might be worth mentioning that Profields 6.0 features Bulk Operations, a feature inspired in Jira's own bulk changes but applied to project entities.

Specifically, Bulk Operations allows adding any number of users to a role in any number of projects with just one action. 


See the full doc here

You can now do this for no extra charge by going to the Administration > Roles page for the project where it lists available roles. Here, you can click in the Users/Groups column to add membership to these roles for the existing project.

Just to be clear, while @enderandpeter is obviously right, the advantage of doing with with Profields' Bulk Operations is that you can add memberships for any selection of projects in one take.

In other words, you don't have to repeat the operation for every project.

(note that Spencer's comment is not a response to my answer above, as it was posted about 4 years earlier :D)

I would also like some insight on this please ... I.e. we have an admin user that should by default be added to all projects automatically (with same permissions or different if possible) - even on newly created projects.


Hi Yatish,

Requires you to know and configured your permission schemes; specifically for the permission scheme you are using for your projects.

  • Set up the project roles you require with their relevant permissions to your projects
  • Setup cog > System > Project Roles
  • Select the project role in question you want to set defaults for
  • "Manage Default Members"
  • Under the section for "Default Users" add the relevant users.

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