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Get millis since epoch for Jira Automation

Hello community,

I'm trying to automatically create annotations in Grafana, and for this, I need to pass an argument in millis (check the documentation here )

I tried this Jira smart value 


But it's returning something that is not the number I'm looking for

now={{now}} > now=2021-03-11T21:00:26.5+0000
milis={{now.millis}} > milis=524000000

Those millis, converted to UTC time is (check here for more details)

Wed Jan 07 1970 01:33:20

 So, is there a way to do this? What does the value returned mean?

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nmenere Atlassian Team Mar 15, 2021

Hi Kian,


Milliseconds since Epoch was converted over from the old way of formatting dates. 

Good news is the old way is still there:


We are tracking adding it to the new way here:


Hope that helps,


@nmenere : This is the best answer, and the most simple... but why isn't it anywhere in the documentation? 

Like Kian Stack Mumo Systems likes this


Thanks for providing this answer! I was searching high and low for a way to do it outside of what I ended up doing. If Atlassian can get it added to the documentation that would be awesome!

nmenere Atlassian Team Mar 16, 2021

The reason for documentation is that this way of formatting dates is deprecated. The old way is documented at -

Thanks a million. Thought it could not be done,  but a friend at work showed me this answer and tested it and it worked :)

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@David Jose Silva Ruiz

I don't know why that isn't working. I found the same behavior when I tried to use that format.

The only way I could eventually get this to work was by making a rest call to a publicly available API to give me the current epoch time and then passing that to another spot in my rule.

Screen Shot 2021-03-11 at 10.39.23 PM.png


I  used the endpoint That seemed to give me the epoch in seconds, so then to get it to milliseconds I just appended "00" to the end.

Screen Shot 2021-03-11 at 10.42.33 PM.png

Thanks @Kian Stack Mumo Systems ! I was working on a similar solution to yours, but querying (which returns minutes instead of millis), then I was converting them with this

{{#=}}{{webhookResponse.body}} * 60000{{/}}

I believe both work almost the same, thanks!

I was having problems with the formatting when I performed a multiplication. It kept returning a value in scientific notation instead which wasn't helpful!

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