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Display previous key of moved issue

Mark Bednarski Mar 13, 2013


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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Henning Tietgens Mar 14, 2013

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.


Mark Bednarski Mar 14, 2013

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!

Rick Measham Apr 14, 2015

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

3 votes
Dan Fredell Sep 25, 2015

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(', ')
Rathna Aug 30, 2017 • edited

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.

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Cameron Jeffries Nov 02, 2018

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

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Jobin Kuruvilla [Go2Group] Community Leader Mar 13, 2013

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.

Mark Bednarski Mar 14, 2013

Hi Jobin

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

Thank you!


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Andreas Viklund Oct 06, 2013

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

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