How to list all projects a user has access to using Jira's REST API?

As an admin, I should be able to list all projects a specific user has access to. How to do that using the REST API without too convoluted code still escapes me... Any idea how to do that gracefully? Thanks!

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I am afraid you will have to make multiple calls in that case. gets you all users with given permission in a project. gets you the project role view.

Hope one of these helps.

Ok, thanks for the tips. I will try to combine calls as suggested.

None of these links go to a specific set of the documentation anymore. 

@Jobin Kuruvilla [Go2Group], unfortunately those links points to nothing and I am working on a similar problem.
Hope you could help

The older links are now broken it seems. There is a new experimental API which you can try out. It gets the job done in one call.

Check out "Get permitted projects"

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He Luigi,

You can do it with /rest/api/2/issue/createmeta:

Piece of my JavaScript:

var projUrl = "/rest/api/2/issue/createmeta";
  var availableProjectsArr = [];
    url : projUrl,
    headers : {
      "Accept" : "application/json"
    success : function(jsonStr) {
      var json = $.parseJSON(jsonStr);
      for (var i = 0; i < json.projects.length; i++) {
        var project = json.projects[i];

Just out of interest: where do you use JavaScript to access REST? I am using VBA from Excel, to retrieve Confluence information to display in excel.

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Depends on what access you are looking for. If it is 'Create', use what @Volodymyr Krupach suggested.

If you are looking for all projects visible to the users (Browse access), use GET on /rest/api/2/project.

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Thank you for your answers. I am looking for a way to fetch (browse) all projects a particular user (not me) has access to. No need to create. Using /rest/api/2/project works indeed, but that gives me the list of all projects visible to me as a JIRA admin.

I can do what I want through Jira's web interface: "JIRA Administration" / "User management", then "Projects Roles" for a specific user. I am looking for a way to emulate that using the REST API, being logged in as a JIRA Admin. Hopefully without too many looped calls... Thanks again for the help!

Any luck to make it work since then?

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Sorry for the late answer!
We had the same issue and wrote a plugin which extends the REST-API of Jira. You can specifiy a user and get the users projects and the permissions and roles assigned to the projects. You can also filter for specific permissions.
The plugin can be found here:

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