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How to change the issue status by REST API in JIRA?


Hi guys,


I am using a curl PUT command to update JIRA issue status, it is returning the HTML 204 response but no status is being updated. The only thing being updated is a comment into the issue "test test". The transition id 101 is "In progress".

What am I doing wrong?

See code below:  


curl -v -D- -u username:password -X PUT --data \'{"update": {"comment": [{"add": {"body": "test test"}}]}, "transition": {"id":"101"}}\' -H "Accept:application/json" -H "Content-Type:application/json" ""





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tomd Atlassian Team Jul 23, 2018

Hello Samuel,

To update an issue status you need to call the transition action with POST:

curl -u username:password -X POST --data '{"transition":{"id":"11"}}' -H "Content-Type: application/json" http://jira/rest/api/2/issue/TEST-1/transitions


I hope that helps,


@tomd thanks very much for your solution it works properly. 


I wonder how we can keep the comment there to work. 


Would you know if it is possible to use POST with a comment (like in same curl command)?

Or should I pass 2 curl commands one for POST (transition) one for PUT (comment)? 


Cheers, Sam 

tomd Atlassian Team Jul 24, 2018

You should be able to use the following JSON in your POST call:

"update": {
"comment": [
"add": {
"body": "Bug has been fixed."
"transition": {
"id": "5"


Hello, I tried this piece of code you suggested me. However, I wasn't able to add the comment. 

The only update was on the transition. 

I made other test by using two curl commands, one POST (transition) and one PUT (comment) and it worked properly.

I wonder if update:comment:add works only with PUT, instead of POST. 

Thanks, Sam 

tomd Atlassian Team Jul 24, 2018


I've just checked it for you, it works in my test environment (Jira 7.6.6):

curl -u username:password -X POST --data '{ "update": { "comment": [ { "add": { "body": "Bug has been fixed." } } ] }, "transition": { "id": "2" } }' -H "Content-Type: application/json" http://jira/rest/api/2/issue/TEST-1/transitions

I would recommend you to install REST API Browser add-on and try:


@Tomasz Dudzisz Hi, I am trying to use your example to update JIRA ticket.  But I got below error response. The original ticket is a product level bug, I am not sure where and how to fix it. Can you please give me some suggestion? Thanks. 

"error": {
 "errorMessages": [],
  "errors": {
   "customfield_28700": "Reason for the Bug is required for Production Bugs"

tomd Atlassian Team Aug 06, 2018

Hello Christina,

it looks like you have to update "Reason" field as well (required field).


is this works only for api version 2?

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