Filter issues that have only one specific label and no other labels

We have several labels on issues in my project.
E.g. A, B, C, D, ...

I want to find the issues that have label A and only label A.
That is, I dont want to find any issues having A + another label. Just the ones with A only.

And I dont want to list all other possible labels and exclude them, as in the following query. ( labels=A and labels not in (B,C,D...) )
This is not a good solution when there are a huge amount of other labels.


4 answers

2 votes

Off the shelf, you can't do it.

It is possible with code, and I've seen two approaches before

1.  A field that counts labels - your query becomes "labels = A and 'count of labels' = 1"

2.  A JQL function - your query becomes "labels = A and labelCount() = 1"


Both of these are really easy to implement if you've got ScriptRunner installed, I've done the field one with my own code and SR, and seen SR create the function as well.

Thank you for your answer. I have not worked much with JIRA.

Have I understood you correctly that for 1) I have to create an new field. How do I get this new field to count number of lables?

I dont think we have ScriptRunner installed. I will check with the administrators.

Correct - a scripted field in scriptrunner can be really simple, I suspect it can be done in one line of code for counting labels.

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Steven Behnke Community Champion Nov 13, 2017

I don't think it's possible to write a query like this out-of-the-box.

I am now trying to use:

issueFunction in issueFieldMatch("", "labels", "^A$")

but that doesnt work... Give no matches at all.

If I instead have:

issueFunction in issueFieldMatch("", "labels", "A")

ist find all issues with label A but also the issues with several labels.

Is it possible to do that in cloud jira without functions and additional plugins?

Steven Behnke Community Champion Nov 15, 2018

No. Jira does not offer this function out-of-the-box. You should consider using a custom field instead of labels.

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