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How to get more than 50 issues with search API

Deleted user Jun 12, 2016

I am trying to use JIRA REST Search API to get issues. However API returns me only 50 issues. I tried using startAt and maxResults. However I am getting error 'Field 'startAt' does not exist or you do not have permission to view it." What should I do to get all the issues using JIRA Rest API

4 answers

today I discovered that maxResults does not work anymore... even if I assign to maxResults a number bigger than 100, I get always issues from 0 until 99 

Below is based on the response received from a Support ticket:

The /rest/api/2/search endpoint has been limited to 100 results , as you can see at: JRACLOUD-67570: JIRA Cloud REST API /rest/api/latest/search?maxResults=1000 is returning only 100 results

Unfortunately, this limit isn't configurable, you'll need to rely on pagination to retrieve the desired number of results

Like Rajesh Bhardwaj likes this

Based on the error I assume that you try to pass startAt as a field. The format of GET params should be as following:


You need to pass maxResults=500 as one of the query parameters. Where 500 is the maximum number of results you want back.

Here is an example call I use to get issues from JIRA OnDemand and JIRA Server via the REST API. It returns as many results as I need.


If you use this then you don't need startAt (it becomes optional).

I tried it, but it does not work. I guess maxResults can apply only if it is less than 100 records, because Altassian imposed this maximum number of records. See JIRACloud-67570. Please if you know any workaround for obtaining 5000 records at once, please share it. Thanks

Like Ulyana Vorobeva likes this

I wrote a do-while loop which is working for me :)

int startAt = 0;
int maxResults = 50;
int queryOutputItemsCount = 0;
do {

HttpResponse<JsonNode> response = Unirest.get("{sprintId}/?startAt=" +startAt")
.basicAuth("", "<api_token>")
.header("Accept", "application/json")

JsonNode jsonNode = response.getBody();
JSONObject jsonObjectType = jsonNode.getObject();
String typeKey = "values";
org.json.JSONArray jsonArrayType = jsonObjectType.getJSONArray(typeKey);
queryOutputItemsCount = jsonArrayType.length();

// write your code here

} catch (UnirestException e) {
} while (queryOutputItemsCount>=maxResults);

within the loop, I am continually making JQL statements and getting the length of the statement back. If the statements length is smaller than the maxResults=50 then it means that I got all of them back. Else startAt = startAt+maxResults;


Hope it helps.

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May i know how you run this command in jira?

@Rodolfo So 

I did not write this code in jira. I used a REST API, which is a connector to jira from "outside". The code I integrated in a java programm.

@Rodolfo So Yes, I did something similar but using VBA, the problem is that for a high number of issues the performance of the process is affected. I implemented a pagination strategy for both: 1) JIRA REST API with 100 limit and 2) Jira export download with 1000 limit.  I implemented the solution using VBA. For downloading 4K records 1) took me more than 5 minutes and under option 2) I was able to download and consolidate all the issues into one file in less than a minute. 

For a high number of records (more than 1K) I would not recommend this method unless Atlassian increases the limit from 100 to something really higher. At least this is my experience under VBA.

Like W Z likes this

You can get all results in one call by using either an arbitrarily large value for maxResults or using a value of -1. For example:

/search?jql=[whatever your JQL is]&maxResults=-1
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Thanks Matt! Setting it to -1 worked for me, setting it to a large number still capped at 50 though.

Great solution, worked for me as well! thanks!!

Setting maxResults=-1 is returning me only 100 results. It doesn't work for me. 

Deleted user Jun 14, 2016

Looks like this is applicable on-premise JIRA instance. We are using JIRA on-demand. Is there configuration for the same ?

You need to check with Atlassian support team what is the default value for You.

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