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Filter issues by label and include their children regardless of their labels


Hi, I am looking for a method to filter by issues containing a certain label but also to include their child issues regardless of their labels.

I found a lot of articles that refer to multiple plugins but those are not available on Jira Cloud version.

Can someone tell me how to do this?



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@lucas , an amazing plugin JQL Search Extensions for Jira & reports is available on Cloud which can solve your issue.


I create your scenario and its successfully returning the results.

What you need to do is.

  • Create one sub query "labels=yourlable"
  • Then use this query to get your results.
subTaskOfQuery="parentissueswithlabel" or issuesInQuery="parentissueswithlabel"

Please note that "parentissueswithlabel" is the alias of the sub query. This query will return all issues with label=yourlabel and their child issues.


Here is the documentation , how to use it

looks good to me, due to lack of rights I need to ask my administrator to install the plugin - as soon as I have more informations I'll come back to you,...

Anyway thank you in advance :-)

I can now confirm that using the JQL Search Extensions for Jira & reports plugin I can search for issues with a label and displaying those issues as well as their children.

Too bad this is only possible using a plugin,... I would expect to be able to do this with Jira out of the box :-(

Anyway thanks for pointing me to a workable method,... :-)

Like Hailey Fisher likes this

The best solution I found so far is filtering by parent epic.

parentEpic = epicName

I could see that working, but then you have to update the query when the EPIC closes, right?

Labels tend to be more permanent..

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Jack Brickey Community Leader Jan 13, 2020

you may be able to do this...

  1. create a filter say "parents_with_labels" that has a JQL - labels in (a,b,c)
  2. create another filter "parents&children" that has a JQL - issuetype = sub-task and parent in filter (parents_with_labels) OR labels in (a,b,c)

TBH, not sure this will work. just something to try. I don't use the "filter" function much.

LMK the results

Unfortunately a filter() function does not exist on Jira Cloud, do you use a Plugin for that?

Like Fernando Bordallo likes this
Jack Brickey Community Leader Jan 13, 2020

it may be part of the Jira toolkit plugin which I have installed but it is free. That is the only addon I have that might explain the difference you are seeing.

Like Fernando Bordallo likes this

I could not find any information about a filter() function using Toolkit Plugin for Jira. Either way it is not available for Jira Cloud, so it would not help :-(

Anyway, thanks for checking. Does anybody has any other idea?

Jack Brickey Community Leader Jan 14, 2020

it is available for Jira Cloud as that is where I see it. If you simply start typing "filter" in the JQL bar you do not see this option? If not, I will try to figure out why I might have it and you do not.

Sorry to bother but are you sure?

If I search for "toolkit" under Atlassian Marketplace > Find new apps from within my Jira Cloud Instance I can't find it.

If I search directly on I can find one that has no Cloud Hosting Option: Toolkit Plugin for Jira

Can you point me to the plugin page?


Jack Brickey Community Leader Jan 14, 2020

What I was saying is that the “filter” JQL function is available for cloud as I have it. I expect there is an optional system addon maybe that I have but unsure which one that might be at the moment. To be clear you do not see “filter” as an option in your instance?

I do have filter as argument to use like this in JQL:

issuetype = Bug AND filter = "My Own Filter Name"

 But I can't use it as function like you described earlier:

issuetype = sub-task and parent in filter ("My Own Filter Name")

I then get the error: JQL-Function 'filter(My Own Filter Name)' can not be found.

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