Filter issues by 'is blocked by', 'blocks' and other link types


Is there any chance to filter issues in particular project that either block issues in other projects or are blocked by them?

Best regards,

Alexander Afonyashin

4 answers

1 vote

Hi Alexander,

This unfortunately cannot be done using the native JQL functions. Currently the 'linkedIssues()' function of the JQL only works basing its search on an issue key.

However, there are a couple of plugins that can help in this case, depending on what version of JIRA you are using:

  • The Craftforge JQL Functions Plugin is a free third-party plugin that currently only available for JIRA 5.0.7 tops, so if you have a newer version this won't help. However, if you are using a version of JIRA older than that, you can use either the linkedIssuesFromQuery or the linkedIssuesFromFilter functions of the plugin to return this search.
  • If you use JIRA 5.1, than the only option I believe is to use the JQL Tricks Plugin, which is a paid third-party plugin. It has also a variety of function that you can use to search for linked issues, as well as for different functions

I hope this helps!

Best regards,
Matheus Fernandes


Thank you for pointing me to plugin. It seems doing the thing I'm looking for.

Best regards, Alexander A. Afonyashin

I'm glad to hear it! :)

Is JQL Tricks Plugin the only solution for Jira 6.0.8 or newer? We too would like a way to find all issues with "is blocked by" or "blocks" links to other issues.

There's a typo in the JQL Tricks Plugin link above. The correct link is JQL Tricks Plugin.

It appears that the JQL Tricks Plugin cannot be used for On Demand Jira instances. Is there any solution for us that have On Demand Jira?


Paul Greig Atlassian Team Dec 10, 2013
Hi Doug, here is an OnDemand solution using JIRA API and viewing linked issues:

Script Runner has similar JQL functions too, but none of these are available in OnDemand

I'm new to Jira, is OnDemand the Atlassian hosted Jira vs a licensed version hosted on-site?

Yes. OnDemand is the hosted version of JIRA.

Suggest an answer

Log in or Sign up to answer
Community showcase
Published Nov 27, 2018 in Portfolio for Jira

Introducing a new planning experience in Portfolio for Jira (Server/DC)

In the past, Portfolio for Jira required a high degree of detail–foresight that was unrealistic for many businesses to   have–in   order to produce a reliable long-term roadmap. We're tur...

2,484 views 15 20
Read article

Atlassian User Groups

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find a group

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find my local user group

Unfortunately there are no AUG chapters near you at the moment.

Start an AUG

You're one step closer to meeting fellow Atlassian users at your local meet up. Learn more about AUGs

Groups near you