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How can I easily clear all watches?

Many users didn't realize that they had their autowatch set to enable and now appear to be watching 100's of issues.

Is there any easy way for these users to remove these watches without have to navigate to each one, individually, and remove themselves?

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Just continued what David said and wrote a small perl script for you -

Thanks so much for that help! Really appreciate it!

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David Atlassian Team Feb 04, 2013

Most likely you'd just have to remove all users from being watchers in tickets, as there isn't any way to determine if an user manually added themselves as a watcher vs. being automatically added.

To modify your watchers list you can probably do this via REST api:

My thoughts are basically to run a script:

  • Get a listing of all issue keys
  • with REST, run a GET call, per issue to list all users, followed by a DELETE

To remove everything from you watchlist, go to


This will show the list of all issues you are currently watching.

Then in the top right corner, press “…” button, choose “Bulk change all NNN issues”. On the next page, select all items in a table with a tick mark in the table header, press “Next” button, select “Stop Watching Issues”, press “Next”, press “Confirm”.

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