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Display previous key of moved issue


I need to migrate several projects into one. Now I have two problems I didn't find an answer for.

1. How can I display the old key on the viewing screen of my issues?

2. Can I create a JQL query which reports me the old key in a column so we can produce reports containing the old and the new key during transition phase.

Thanks a lot

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You can also write a little script for a scripted field, provided by Script Runner plugin, to display a previous issue key.

return componentManager.changeHistoryManager.getPreviousIssueKeys(', ')

You can use this field to display the old key in the issue view an in the issue navigator.


Great, this was what I was really looking for.

For those who are unexperienced like me this is what you need to do:

# Install Script runner plugin

# Create cusom field of "scripted field" type

# Go to plugins scripted fields and add Henning's script there

Thank you!

Perfect! Thanks Henning and Mark. This is exactly what I needed.

Hi Mark and Henning,

I am getting an error when I am trying to create a scripted field through this plugin.

error 1.JPG

Could you help?




Hi Prasad,

Are you using Jira Cloud? The script is for Jira Server only.



Hi Henning,

Thanks for clarifying.

Yes, I am using JIRA Cloud.

Do you have any solution for this issue on the Cloud instance?




No, unfortunately not. I only have minimal experience with Jira Cloud.

Best, Henning

Henning has it correct, but the API that was being used is now depreciated. So, I have updated it to use the new getAllIssueKeys method. Also if you return null, the field won't show up on non-moved tickets.


import com.atlassian.jira.issue.IssueManager;
import com.atlassian.jira.component.ComponentAccessor;

IssueManager issueManager = ComponentAccessor.getIssueManager();
Set<String> tickets = issueManager.getAllIssueKeys(
tickets = tickets.minus(issue.key)
if (tickets.isEmpty()) {
   return null
return tickets.join(', ')

Hi Dan,

I know that I am trying to trigger / open an very old Question / Answer. After implementing this in JIRA, I would like to know how to search for the values that are stored in this field using JQL.

Thanks in advance.

This doesnt work anymore:


2019-09-06 11:53:56,478 ERROR [runner.ScriptFieldPreviewRunner]: ************************************************************************************* 2019-09-06 11:53:56,478 ERROR [runner.ScriptFieldPreviewRunner]: Script field preview failed for field that has not yet been created groovy.lang.MissingPropertyException: No such property: lt for class: Script92 at

I got the same error and changed it to the following and it worked for me.

import com.atlassian.jira.issue.IssueManager;
IssueManager issueManager = ComponentAccessor.getIssueManager();
tickets = issueManager.getAllIssueKeys(
tickets = tickets.minus(issue.key)
if (tickets.isEmpty()) {
return null
return tickets.join(', ')

import com.atlassian.jira.issue.IssueManager;import com.atlassian.jira.component.ComponentAccessor
IssueManager issueManager = ComponentAccessor.getIssueManager();tickets = issueManager.getAllIssueKeys( = tickets.minus(issue.key)if (tickets.isEmpty()) {return null}return tickets.join(', ')

It would be very helpful to be able to do with JQL, since the links exist in the database!

You can see the old key in the change history tab of an issue. If you need to capture it anywhere else, you will have to implement a listener and store the value in a read only custom field.

Storing in custom field is required even to display the key in issue navigator, no matter what JQL you use.

Hi Jobin

Sounds great, but what you mean by "implement a listener"?

Thank you!


Is it possible to achieve the same functionality on Jira OnDemand since it is not possible to use Script Runner??

The latest script didn't work for me. I just re-worked it and have this script pulling the previous issue key(s) and displaying that in a custom scripted field. 


PR1. ScriptRunner for JIRA

Updated Script:

import com.atlassian.jira.component.ComponentAccessor;
import com.atlassian.jira.issue.IssueManager;

def IssueManager issueManager = ComponentAccessor.getIssueManager();
def tickets = issueManager.getAllIssueKeys(

tickets = tickets.minus(issue.key)
if (tickets.isEmpty()) {
return null
return tickets.join(', ')

Actually just tried this on Jira cloud and received: 

org.codehaus.groovy.control.MultipleCompilationErrorsException: startup failed: Script1.groovy: 2: unable to resolve class com.atlassian.jira.issue.IssueManager @ line 2, column 1. import com.atlassian.jira.issue.IssueManager; ^ Script1.groovy: 1: unable to resolve class com.atlassian.jira.component.ComponentAccessor @ line 1, column 1. import com.atlassian.jira.component.ComponentAccessor; ^ 2 errors at at at at Source)

We use JIRA Server. So, I'm not sure if the code needs to be different. Attached images on how the script looks in "Fields" in ScriptRunner and how it appears on the Issue Screen (Server 7.10.1)


Thanks. I did read where Jira server and Jira cloud are pretty different on how they handle these scripts so I will keep looking. But this was a great start. Thanks for the help Shawna!

Hi Shawna, I tried your code, It is working but getting additional issue key also not sure how? I don't have those project too. and also key is repeating.

Thank you  @Shawna Morris , your script continues to provide accurate information on March, 2021.

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