How to Validate custom field (Select List type)


I have a custome filed "Pre Risk Identified" of Select List type. In the list I have two choices specified:



In one of the screens I would like to validate that this field has been filled in with either Yes or No values (there i still None available in the slect list).

I would need a validator condition which would check if this field is not empty and with specific value assigned. I would not like to use external plugins for that purpose if possible.



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Hi All,

Thank you very much for your support. Finally it was resolved by:

  1. Adding a validator on a transition.
  2. Selecting Simple scripted validator
  3. Adding a condition: cfValues['My Field Name'] != null
  4. Choosing the Field it applies to and adding a comment in case condition fails

It works this way that it focuses user to choose one of the options and triggers the messgae when 'None' is selected.

Again, thank you for your answers.




I have a very similar problem. but would like to verify that a string value is present. Any idea how? I've tried is not EMPTY and != Null but in all cases i get the error regardless of the input.

Hi Tomek,

In one of the screens I would like to validate that this field has been filled in with either Yes or No values (there i still None available in the select list).

The best way to achieve this to make the custom field required, as this will guaranteed that the custom field will have a value before submitting it.

For more info you can refer to the following doco:


Hi Immanuel,

Thank you for the hint. The additional problem in that case is that the field is not required all the time but only one some transitions between states. I knew I would miss something in the description, sorry ;). That unfortunately eliminates making this filed required.

I know that there are some plugins which can make field required on a transition but we would like to use pure Confluence functionality for this - it makes Confluence maintenance a bit easier.

I would really like to use validators for this purpose as they seem the fit for purpose here. Any hint how to do that?

Once again thank you for your support.



Hi Tomasz,

You will need a workflow validator plugin and writing one for this would be pretty simple. I can post some code if you would like.



Hi Bhushan,

That would be great if there is no other way to achive it.

Thank you.


Hi Tomasz,

I am afraid that there no default way for JIRA to set validator of the field.
I understand that you do not want to use external plugins, perhaps you can create your own custom field type.

You might want to refer to this documentation on How to create a new Custom Field Type.

However, if you wondering a workaround on to use plugins.
- JIRA Suites Utilities using the value field conditions


Warmest Regards,

Hi KM,

We have to exclude external plugins as they have already caused us problems. In some cases they just stay behind JIRA releases what is a problem for resonably big deployment like ours.

I will try then own custome field type.

Thank you for your help.




I have the same problem. I need to verify if value of cf select list is equal to 'Service', if equals the user can t create the issue. Somebody have the script runner script for this??


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