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How can I search issues to which a user has commented?


I want to search all issues to which I have entered a comment. Recently or in the distant past.

How can I do this?


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Also commented jql function in script runner.

This will just find issues where the specified user commented, and not "participated" in as the Participants field gives you.

I appreciate you can't install plugins but maybe someone else has the same question.

AFAIK you can't do it without a plugin.

I assume I can use JQL to search for all issues that have been commented by a user?


issueFunction in commented("by User1")

How can I use JQL on a Jira installation? Thanks.

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Is there anyway to push currentUser() into that?  I didn't see that as an option since I need to put it in quotes.  Unless jql support groovyString like notation ${currentUser()}

issueFunction in commented("by currentUser()")

works fine in recent versions.

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Can this be done with "by Reporter" somehow?

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If you want to delete internal users you can use this JQL to find the issues where they commented or assigned in some way:


issueFunction in commented("by user") AND (assignee = user OR reporter = user )


As a workaround, you can use a dashboard:

1 open Dashboard
2 Add Gadget Activitiy Stream
3 Add a global filter: Project is XY
4 Add a global filter: User is (username)
5 Below the Global Filter, klick JIRA - Add Filter:  Activity is Comment
6 Set "limit to 99 items"

You now have the comments as an activity stream.

Excellent work around without plug-ins!!


Thanks David!


total lifesaver, thank you

Has anyone else noticed that Global Filters is now missing - Activity Streams are now all Beroke. 

David Skreiner, Thank you very much for putting those steps. Its immensely helpful.

The above solution works only for parent bug, how about if you want to search in subtask and in particular release?

This is powerfull work

Is there a way to make this only appear to a specific user? 

Perfect @DavidSkreiner!

Worked! Thanks. I'd say this is the most straight forward answer.


Totally worked.

Thank's a lot! Works fine.

nice solution.  

Not working for me. I'm adding the project and when I add the second filter (User is) I don't get any relevant results. I say relevant because it is not displaying anything (any suggested user names). Even so, if I click on Save, it does not display any results. Even if I add one of my colleagues (who I know for a fact commented on issues)

@Romeo Tomescu the username field is case sensitive, copy the username from the user profile and if your setup is correct, the values will be represented. 

Myeah. Working now. Not sure how I missed that. I needed to write the username and then hit enter, instead of waiting for the system to show me suggestions. 


A clear case of obviously dumb simple, what can I say :)

One word; brilliant!

Not sure what am I missing.  It is not finding comments added by me.  I am copy pasting my name from profile.  If I choose username is not, it is showing comments added by me (along with comments added by everyone else).  So obviously some problem with the username I am entering.

Sorry to barge in like this, but is there any update on this issue? I cannot take out a user from the company account and Jira reports that there are 2 comments associated with his name. Of course, I cannot find those comments.


Did anyone solve this properly?

See my two suggestions above (Jun. 20, 2019)

and, for some reason, I don't have it in my plugins list. Multiple attempts to install, same outcome.

Does somebody know how to do it (find user comment id and issue id) using an JIRA REST API?

Yes. You send a JSON file asking for issues and in the fields you specify "comments" (see below), and you get back a JSON file with a list of comments for each issue. 

The data for each comment contains the comment ID, the author details, the body, the updater details (if comment was updated) and the dates (created, updated).

The input JSON would be like this:

"jql": "project = \"My SOSP Project\" AND key >= SOSP-1 AND key < SOSP-1001 order by key asc",
"maxResults": 1000,
"fields": [
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You can view JIRA Comment Toolbox . To search on author of the comments with or without date range.

  • Commented By User
  • Commented By User Between Dates
  • Commented By Group Member
  • Commented By Group Member Between Dates
  • Commented By Role Member
  • Commented By Role Member Between Dates

Moreover, you can use JIRA Comment Toolbox for these;

  • Custom Comment Fields,
  • Custom JQL function
  • Delete issue comment
  • Delete user all comment
  • Update author of the comments.
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For JIRA Cloud you can use JIRA JQL Pro Add-On

Generally the Participants fields from JIRA Toolkit plugin is sufficient for this, while this includes all issues in which you have participated (not just commented, like editing)

Can you please guide me as per how to use JIRA toolkit?

I do not see in my Advanced Search a "participants" field.


I read your reply to Joe's comment. I am afraid that you cannot achieve this without a plugin.

Can I alternatively use JQL to query Jira database? Maybe via SQL on the underlying Oracle database?

Sorry, missed your earlier comment. What is the issue in searching with participants field in JQL?

EDIT: And JQL is not for direct database queries. It is for searching within JIRA.

There is no way to search, AFAIK.

There are two options that I have used:

1. If you have the add-on Better Excel Exporter for Jira, you can run a query and export the results+comments into an Excel file.

2. Use the Jira REST-API to perform the query (as you specified above). In the list of fields to retrieve, specify the summary, comments and any other fields that you want.

Then write a script to find the comments you're interested in.

The input json would be similar to this:

"jql": "project = \"X Y Z\" AND worklogDate >= startOfMonth() order by key asc",
"maxResults": 1000,
"fields": [

for every issue, you get the key and the fields you asked for. For the comments, it's a list of the issue's comments, each item containining the author, date, body and some more data.

I use the latter approach.



I want to know how can i check the name of who imputed with a empty comment in a ticket, 



project = XXX AND worklogDate >= startOfMonth() AND labels = XXX 


But i want the name of all people who comment and not just the tickets, any solution for this ? 

You can use an add-on Essential Custom Fields for JIRA.

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Joe Pitt Community Leader Jan 10, 2013

After you install the toolkit you need to define the field as a global field. It doesn't need to be on any screen to be searched though. However, it will only capture data from after it is defined.

Thanks I cannot use this.

The Jira I work on is managed by a customer. So I cannot ask for such tools to be added.

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