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How do I set a custom field with the current date/time in a post function?

Hi Everyone,

We're on JIRA cloud and are trying out the ScriptRunner addon.  Is it possible to set a custom date picker field with the current date/time in a workflow transition's post function?  If so, how would I do so?


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By playing around with a test workflow, I think I found what you need:

  1. Decide which workflow transition you want this to take effect (perhaps all of them)
  2. Select the transition and open its Post Functions
  3. Click the "Add Post Function" button on the top right of this table
  4. Choose "Update Issue Custom Field" and click Add
  5. From the Issue Custom Field dropdown, select your date field
  6. In the Custom Field Value text area, enter %%CURRENT_DATETIME%% and click Add
  7. Publish your workflow

I have not tested this, but I'm trusting what I read on screen on Step 6 as JIRA shows:

Please make sure that the value you enter is valid for custom field its datatype
and context configuration for the project using this workflow.
Otherwise, the transition may fail at execution time.
Additionally to enter text or numbers as value, you may use the following:

  • You may use macro '%%CURRENT_USER%%' to insert the function caller.
  • You may use macro '%%CURRENT_DATETIME%%' to insert the current date and time.
  • You may use macro '%%ADD_CURRENT_USER%%' to append the function caller. Obsolete please use append option instead with user macro above.
  • For Cascading Select fields, you may either use the value of the option to be selected, no need to add the parent for childs. Or simply enter the ID of the option to be selected.


This turned out to be the solution!  Thanks!

This didn't work for me I just get an error saying unable to update custom field. 

I have tried using a date picker and a single line text field. Neither work?

Hi. Does anyone know of a way to do this for a future date. I want to automatically populate with current date + 2 weeks upon transition. Thanks. 

Like Miguel Izaguirre Rojas likes this

@Lexi Pike you would have to do it with a scripted post function with something like script runner

Thanks @Randy Ho I am not very technical so think we will live with populating the field manually for now! appreciated.

@Lexi Pike Just occurred to me that you can probably use the jira automation feature to set it if your instance has it available or if you're on cloud.  It allows for smart dates that you can assign offset dates to fields on.  It's slightly technical but all point and click with text boxes to do.

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@Randy Ho I've finally found time to look into this - and have successfully added an automation rule that does the job for me. Thanks! :)


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Here is code for custom script post-function:

import com.atlassian.jira.component.ComponentAccessor
import com.atlassian.jira.event.type.EventDispatchOption
import com.atlassian.jira.issue.MutableIssue
import com.atlassian.jira.issue.UpdateIssueRequest

import java.sql.Timestamp

        , new Timestamp()

//only for create transition
        , issue
        , UpdateIssueRequest.builder().sendMail(false).eventDispatchOption(EventDispatchOption.ISSUE_UPDATED).build()

This answer is for server, not cloud wink

But for server, you should not need the commented out bit even on create.

Like Heather R likes this

The custom field updation using the post function as depicted above works for cloud JIRA too.   

Edit your workflow, add new post-function on the action of type "Script Post-function".

Choose "Modify Issue" function.

Enter the following code:

issueInput.fields.customfield_10132 = new Date().format("yyyy-MM-dd")

where 10132 is the ID of the custom field you want to update.

You'll be better off using a ZonedDate to make sure you get the date in the correct timezone:

issueInput.fields.customfield_10132 ="UTC")).format(DateTimeFormatter.ISO_LOCAL_DATE)

I'm getting this error now.  Is there any way to set this field without having to surface it on my screens?  I'd rather not allow users to change this value.


2016-11-21 19:09:28,388 INFO - Serializing object into 'interface java.util.Map'
2016-11-21 19:09:28,390 INFO - PUT /rest/api/2/issue/80258 asObject Request Duration: 326ms
2016-11-21 19:09:28,403 ERROR - assert resp.status == 204
       |    |      |
       |    400    false
       status: 400 -` Bad Request
       body: [errorMessages:[], errors:[customfield_15500:Field 'customfield_15500' cannot be set. It is not on the appropriate screen, or unknown.]]

I use version 3.0.6 of ScriptRunner. The above mentioned script fragment 

issueInput.fields.customfield_11100 = new Date().format("yyyy-MM-dd")

didn't throw an error but it did not have any visible result. Does it work for my companies old version of ScriptRunner? 

Marco - that code snippet will only work for Jira Cloud.

If you have version 3.0.6 of ScriptRunner then you are using Jira Server.

Like Igor_Brazhevskiy likes this

Randy - apologies for the extremely slow reply but yes you can.

The Jira Cloud REST API docs state you can use the overrideScreenSecurity query parameter as long as your script is being executed by the ScriptRunner Add-on user.

Thanks Jon!

Thank you Jon! As I am still new to ScriptRunner: What would be the correct way to update a custom field in a scripted post-function when using a Jira Server?

Marco, refer to Vasiliy Zverev 's answer in this thread for the server solution.

THX, Randy, I tried it and it works!

What do you enter for Timestamp?


I want only the month to be updated in the custom field. Is there any macro similar to %%CURRENT_DATETIME%% available for the same.


There isnt.

@Jon Bevan _Adaptavist_


I dont have script runner.

I want only the month to be updated in the custom field. Is there any macro similar to %%CURRENT_DATETIME%% available for the same.

Could there be any solution, either a direct macro for month, or to extract only the month part from the datetime, and populate it to another custom field.


What you want to do isnt possible without add-on's

How do I know what is the process flow I'm working on . ? I'm using a nextgen project but now sure what is the workflow I;m using. 

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