i just now check our filters on jira and i can see that there are tens of filters created by individuals who have long ago left the organisation.

How do i now get rid of the filters that have created?

Is there any easy way without hacking into the database?


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If they are shared filters, an administrator can take ownership and then delete it. If not, you will have to hack into the DB.

There is no way to take ownership of the filters while those users are still in the system as users of the instance. You should try to delete the user accounts and then you should be able to control the filters as an admin user.

I would strongly urge you NOT to delete users from JIRA, but to disable them instead.

I have a client that is still dealing with the results of deleting users from 3 years ago.

As of JIRA 4.4.1, you can delete filters from the Shared Filters screen.

Only if they are shared ;)

That's a valid point, but if Rahul is posting this question, then they must be shared right? :)

If they weren't shared, even admins wouldn't see the filters without looking at the DB.

Hi Rahul,

Depending on the column, there would probably be 2 solutions. First would be to delete them in the shared filters window and then find the ones that aren't shared by logging in as the users in questions with the script runner plugin:


Alternatively you can delete them from the db directly, in the ''searchresults'' table. I also recomment that you delete the relevant information from the ''favouriteassociation'' table as a precaution

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