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

Randy Ho Nov 17, 2016

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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Geoff Wilson Nov 17, 2016

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.


Randy Ho Nov 21, 2016

This turned out to be the solution!  Thanks!

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Vasiliy Zverev Nov 17, 2016

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()
JamieA Nov 17, 2016

This answer is for server, not cloud wink

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

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JamieA Nov 17, 2016

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.

Jon Bevan Nov 17, 2016

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)
Randy Ho Nov 21, 2016

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.]]
Marco Hödtke Feb 14, 2018

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? 

Jon Bevan Feb 14, 2018

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.

Jon Bevan Feb 14, 2018

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.

Randy Ho Feb 14, 2018

Thanks Jon!

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Marco Hödtke Feb 15, 2018

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?

Randy Ho Feb 15, 2018

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

Marco Hödtke Feb 20, 2018

THX, Randy, I tried it and it works!

David Mayer Dec 11, 2018

What do you enter for Timestamp?

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VINAY RAVI May 29, 2018


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


Randy Ho May 30, 2018

There isnt.

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VINAY RAVI May 29, 2018

@Jon Bevan


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.


Randy Ho May 30, 2018

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

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