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How to make both fields required in Cascading Select field


The Cascading Select custom field consists of two drop-down lists. Currently in the 'required' mode of this field, only the existence of a value in the first drop-down is validated. In some scenarios this may be not enough. i want to set both parent and child option must be set in 'required' mode.


Saravana Kumar

6 answers

Jira Workflow Toolbox (JWT) offers a validator for making a field required, and it works for both levels of cascading select fields. GUI-configurable. No coding or scripting required.

1 vote

most previous answers were for Jira Server. On Jira Cloud, conditions and validators can only be written using Jira expressions, a language created by Atlassian. 
You can use the Issue Fields help tab below the editor to find out how to test your cascading select field. It will be something like:

issue.customfield_12345 && issue.customfield_12345.child.value

Hi @David Fischer _Appfire_ 

Thanks for your response. Its working fine.

issue.customfield_12345 && issue.customfield_12345.child.value

Hi Kaviraj,

Would you mind to share printscreen pointing where I should add this expression? I am pretty new to JIRA and kind of lost.

Hi Everyone

Using JMWE I have added required field validation with condition bellow statement is working for me

"!!issue.customfield_12345 && issue.customfield_12345.value == "Alert" && issue.customfield_12345.child.value == null"

please accept the answer if that works for you.

Hi @Kaviraj

It looks like there are significant differences between the on-prem and sever versions.  I did a bit of browsing on the JMWE site and it looks like it uses a different process to get data. (Cascading section)  Based on the accessing a field of cascading type, you may want to try something like this:

{{ issue.fields['Cascading field'].child.value }} != null

or maybe

{{ issue.fields["Cascading field"] | field("child.value) }} != null

Unfortunately I don't have a cloud instance already configured to try this.


Hi @Bridy Frett 

Thank you for your effort & response.

I have included below JIRA expression & its working fine.

issue.customfield_12345 && issue.customfield_12345.child.value

Hi @Bridy Frett @Bridy Frett

Would you mind to share printscreen pointing where I should add this expression? I am pretty new to JIRA and kind of lost.


In the workflow, on the Create transition, in the list of Validator options, you'll see an option called "Script Validator [ScriptRunner]"


Hi @Bridy Frett @Sreenivasaraju P 

Using JIRA Cloud version.

Followed you steps from your comment, but didn't find the clue. I have ended up with the below page. kindly help me out to add 

cfValues['your cascading field']?.values()*.value.size() == 2


Workflow validation.PNG

I'm afraid the Script Runner plug-in is required for that solution.

I did find also find a solution using Jira Misc Workflow Extensions, but that is another app and it doesn't look like you have it.

I don't believe it's possible with the core Jira logic.

Like Rodrigo Mieres likes this

Hi @Bridy Frett 

I have added Jira Misc Workflow to test it.

few validations are added. 

Workflow validation 02.PNG

Let me know the next step to make cascading field mandatory for second value.

Thanks a lot.

Hi @Kaviraj

Use the "Linked issues Status Validator."  In the groovy script field, enter the following:

issue.get("customfield_19900")?.get("1")?.optionId != null

Adjust your custom field ID as needed.  get("1") refers the second field of the cascading list.


Hi @Bridy Frett 

Thanks for your response

I have included above script with my Custom field ID.

But still i have an error when creating Issues even-though selected cascading second value.

Workflow validation 03.PNG

Based on the error, I think you are using the wrong validator.  It's called "Scripted (Groovy) Validator (JMWE add-on)" on the validator page.

Here's a screenshot of my implementation:

cascade field.png

Dear @Bridy Frett 

Ya, I got your point.

This time i tried below mentioned Validator. (Refer Image 1)

Image 1

Workflow validation 04.PNG

After that, added your script. (Refer Image 2)

Image 2

Scripted 01.PNGBut Still i got error.

Validator 01.PNG

Error detail Snap below

Error Detail 01.PNG

It will be so helpful if you let me know where i went wrong.



Hi @Sreenivasaraju P 

   how to add "Script Validator", i don't have option in script runner. Please share some steps to add "Script Validator"

where i have to add this line "cfValues['your cascading field']?.values()*.value.size() == 2"

i only having below options.

script runner.png


Saravana Kumar 

Hi @David Fischer _Appfire_  

the validator below is working for us as well. Is it possible to make the validator for only one parent/child value in the cascade list? i.e. only for "option 1" in the parent list

!! issue.customfield_12345 && !! issue.customfield_12345.child.value


Please discard my question

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