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How can I attach a document to an issue through Automation?

Let me give you an example of what I'm trying to do.

If a task needs to go through Security, I'd like to create a sub-task titled "Security Paperwork" and attach the PDF form to the issue.

I have no problem using Automation to generate the sub-task after the appropriate requirements have been reached, with the appropriate title.

I cannot figure out how to attach the PDF form to the sub-task. I would like to just drag the PDF to that "Copy Attachment from Current issue" chiclet, but that's not an option.


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Steve Long -Evelon-
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May 15, 2023

Hi @Andrew

So currently, Jira Automation doesn't support adding attachments. Aka there's nowhere in this UI where you can upload an attachment to be added to newly created tickets - there's an open feature request for this.

Couple of things that are maybe worth thinking about though:

1. You can use the Jira REST API to add attachments to tickets.

2. You can copy attachments from related tickets as per your screenshot - so in theory if all of these newly created tickets had a common Parent/Epic (established via another automation rule maybe), they could be copied across.

Hope that helps - Steve.

Thanks, Steve.

I think your confidence is misplaced: I don't think I can use the JIRA REST API.

A combination of "I don't own the server it's deployed to" (our IT won't give me access) and "I'm not comfortable using a REST API".

Should I just make a "Shell" epic, from which all new Epics can inherit attachments from? And then can I hide it so nobody else sees the sin happening in the background? I'm not sure how I would get that to work...

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Kristján Geir Mathiesen
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May 15, 2023

Hi @Andrew and...


I believe you cannot with JSM OOTB GUI feature.

However, you can add an attachment via the REST API. See the answers on this question.


hahaha! I'm glad you've got a sense of humor.
But you've used too many acronyms for me to understand what you're saying. :(

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