Fields Not Using Wiki Renderer

I am using JIRA Server 7.1.6 and when I try to apply wiki formatting to my text, it doesn't apply the style.  For example, in the description field, I entered this text:

*This should be bold*
-This should be deleted-

And that is exactly how it is displayed instead of bolding or applying strike through.

According to the default renderer should do this.  I don't believe we have modified the default renderer uses, but can't find how to check this in the documentation or a setting that configures this.

Can somebody direct me on how to check our renderer settings?

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Alex Christensen Community Champion Apr 24, 2017

Are you trying to use the wiki markup in a custom field? What custom field type are you using?

Alex Christensen Community Champion Apr 24, 2017

To answer your question:

Can somebody direct me on how to check our renderer settings?

Renderers are configured in the JIRA admin under Field Configurations. If the field is a renderable field, then you can configure the renderer following the instructions found here.

I am trying to use markup in the Description and Comments fields, not custom ones.

Alex Christensen Community Champion Apr 24, 2017

Hmm. A couple more questions based on that.

  1. Have you checked the renderers configured on the Field Configuration on the Description and Comments fields? It is possible to change those renderers, so maybe they got changed somehow.
  2. Are you using any add-ons in your JIRA instance that affect text field input (like giving you a custom WSIWYG editor, etc.)?
  3. Does this happen for every issue in your JIRA instance? Do some projects and/or issue types work correctly and others don't? If it's not happening everywhere, this might suggest some issues in the configuration of the Field Configuration associated with a project/issue type.

1. That's what I'm asking how to do.

2. Not to my knowledge

3. All issues AFAIK

Alex Christensen Community Champion Apr 24, 2017

I linked to this page in the Atlassian documentation earlier, which should show you how to figure out which renderers are being used. Checking the renderers is for administrators only, so if you don't have administrative access to your JIRA instance, then you will need to get an adminstrator to check/change it for you.


Thanks I was able to find the field configurations/renderers.  All text fields are set to use "Default Text Renderer".  I don't believe this was ever changed as I am the main administrator of our JIRA instance and I certainly have never done so.

I am able to update which renderer to use which is good.

However, I'm confused as to why the JIRA documentation states that the wiki renderer is default when it doesn't appear to be default and the other renderer actually has "Default" in its name.

Description: Wiki style renderer (default), Default text renderer



Alex Christensen Community Champion Apr 25, 2017

Yeah, that's odd. Not sure what could have caused that change - maybe you installed an add-on recently that changed it for some reason? Regardless, glad you were able to find the issue and fix it.

I have same problem.
Описание(Description field in russian-language interface) [Wiki Style Рендерер]
but still after editing the Description-field, I see *B* instead of the bold letter B.

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