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Edit worklogs author Edited

Good morning,

One of our JIRA user has two account (one which he can´t access anymore and a new one), we would like to transfer all the work he logs with his old account to the new account.

Is there a way or a plugin to transfer the worklogs to a new account or edit the worklogs´ author ?

For the moment the only solution that we found is to use the plugin "log work for another" and transfer all the worklogs by hand, but I would like to find a faster solution.


Thank you for your answer.

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Thomas Deiler Community Leader Jul 19, 2019

Dear @mazarine artz ,

you can do this with a script using the REST API with following pseudo algorithm:

  • search for issue with worklogs of olduser  (JQL: worklogAuthor = olduser)
  • for each returned issue do a "Get Issue worklog"
  • read from each worklog entry matching olduser comment, started and time spent
  • "Add worklog" with the read information
  • if possible, "Delete worklog" the old entries.

This has to be performed with the credentials of "newuser".

So long


@Thomas DeilerThank you for your answer, I will do so.

Just a little question for my curiosity: can we, or, why could we not modify it with SQL directly in the database ?

Thomas Deiler Community Leader Jul 22, 2019

Dear @mazarine artz ,

its strongly recommended not to directly modify the DB, unless you exactly know what you do. You could really harm your system. If you plan to do do a try-run and intensively test afterwards if the system is still integer.

But again no guarantee that it will work.

Another approach somehow between DB and API: modify the exported XML dump and restore. In this case you have at least the validation by the importer. But again dry-run first on a staging environment.

So long


Ok, I understand.

Just another little question, I am working with JIRA server, I tried to use the plugin "REST API Browser" but when I tried to create an issue I received an error xxx.xx.xx.xx:8080/rest/api/2/api/2/issue (404). I´ve seen that it could be an error because of the update JIRA.8.


Is there any other plugin ?

Thomas Deiler Community Leader Jul 22, 2019

Dear @mazarine artz ,

for the REST API you do not need a plugin. Just use Postman or any other REST Client browser plugin to validate your commands. Then transfer them to a scripting language like python or php ...

The API ist very constant - so functions available on JIRA 7 are also available on JIRA 8. from time to time functions depreciate - but this is quite rarely.

So long


Thank you for all.

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