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Hide "Comment" field on transition screens

Is it possible to hide/remove the 'Comment' field from screens used in transitions? When I open the field configuration I cannot hide it, so I hope there is a method I overlooked.

Reason is that all information I want to capture is controlled via custom fields and I find the comment box to be distracting.

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This is a simple way to suppress the comment box on a transition screen.

Add the following code in the description for one field that appears on the screen

<script type="text/javascript">
if($('#issue-workflow-transition-submit').val() =='<My Transition Name>'){
$('div.comment-input').css('display', 'none');

NOTE: Replace <My Transition Name> with the name(s) of your transitions.

Great!!! :)

no work in jira 6.1.6 :(

Hi Cristian,

You will have to replace $ with AJS.$ according to this question.

I have updated my field configuration with this and it works again!

I just noticed that this will not work if the field is a multi line text field, while it worked for single line text field.

Is there any way to get this to work with jira 6.3.14? thanks!

Using Behaviours Plugin will hide all the Comment field in that project. And we cannot add comment in the view issue page now. Any suggestions?

Svante Gustafsson and Cristian. Thank you very much. Yes. its worked for me (v6.3.11#6341-sha1:83c4d29)

I am trying this script with no success, is this not supported in the Cloud version of JIRA?

<script type="text/javascript">
cfid = 'customfield_12345'
workflowTransition = $('.jira-dialog').attr('id');
if ( typeof hideCommentOnTransitions !== 'undefined') {
if ( hideCommentOnTransitions.indexOf(workflowTransition) < 0 ) {
else {
hideCommentOnTransitions = [ workflowTransition ]
$( '#' + cfid ).closest( '.field-group' ).css( 'display', 'none' );
$( document ).ajaxStop(function() {
for (var i = 0; i < hideCommentOnTransitions.length; i++) {
if ( $( "#" + hideCommentOnTransitions[i] ).length ) {
$( "#" + hideCommentOnTransitions[i] ).find( '#comment' ).closest( '.field-group' ).css( 'display', 'none' );

We've added this snippet as the description of a new custom field `hide Comment` – the ID `customfield_12345` (variable `cfid`) has to be adjusted for every Jira instance. You can retrieve that ID by the editing- or configuration URLs for the custom field ... it is always `customfield_` with some numbers behind – and the numbers are likely to be the only URL attribute within these URLs containing numbers =)

This snippet checks on its own that the comment field is only hidden on relevant transitions – the ones, the field is present on. It stores the relevant transition IDs at first within the `hideCommentOnTransitions` array, hides itself and then the comment after every AJAX request is finished for showing up the screen.

Does this work on the cloud instance? All I get is the JS listed on the screen.

Hey @Martin Winter, your solution works like a charm. Tested this on Jira Software 7.13.3 with a custom field of type "numeric".

Hi @Tim Brown,

I've just checked your issue – and yes, the cloud version of Jira doesn't support HTML within the description. It relies on sth. like Markdown.

Probably you want to ask the Atlassian-Team for a feature to allow dedicated HTML within the Markdown?


I tested the script on 8.5.4 and it works very well. Thanks!

Hi everyone!

newest Jira versions do nomore support the "fix" above – that's kind of annoying ...

But since there are announcement-banners that can contain HTML, the following small addition to the announcement banner HTML can fix Jira to respect the HTML content of Field descriptions again:

    $(document).ajaxStop(function() {
        $('form.aui:not(.aui-legacy-forms) div.description').each(function() {
            if (/\&lt;.*?\&gt;/.test($(this).html())) {

What it does:

  • First of all do this step after every time, an AJAX call was done (Jira loves AJAX calls 😅 )
  • fetch all description elements on screens
  • check them all if they contain encrypted HTML
  • if that check gets true, push the decrypted content back to the DOM


Like Eduardo Santos likes this

Thanks for the update @Martin Winter.
It worked

Worked for me. Thanks. 

No. We have gone round and round with this one. The only thing we came up with was creating a custom comment field that we could secure via a plugin. This was a pain in the "you know what".

If you look in JAC you'll find from '07. You can watch this issue and vote on it to bring it more visibilty to development.

Well, there is a workaround. Remove the following line from /atlassian-jira/secure/views/issue/commentassignissue.jsp

&lt;jsp:include page="/includes/panels/updateissue_comment.jsp" /&gt;

Remember, this is a global change and will affect all workflows in the system.

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Joe Pitt Community Leader Jul 24, 2012

Another way is to use the jira-suite-utilities plug-in to require the other fields during the transition. then they will have to fill them in and most folks will soon learn to not put that info in the comments. Kind of like using a sledgehammer to pound in a carpet tack, but it will work.

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