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How to restrict a group or user from performing a particular transition in a workflow

Hi Team,

I would like to restrict a group or user from performing a particular transition in a workflow.

If my workflow has  'To do' 'In progress" and 'In review' statuses, The user or group can perform transition from 'To do' to 'In progress' but not from 'In progress' to 'In review'.

Please share your suggestions.

9 answers



The solution is:

  • Create a group without peoples are not allowed to transition from "In Progress" to "In review"
  • Add a condition to allow transition with the group previously created

Or alternative solution, you can use also project role:

  • You add people in the project role to allow transition
  • In the workflow, you add a condition based on project role



you can only allow users or groups to perform a transition. Restrictions aren't possible. This meens if just some of your users should only be allowed to execute certain transitions these need to have a "User in Group" of "User in Projectrole" etc. condition. For details, check the documentation: 

As others have already answered, this is not possible off-the-shelf.  You must use a third-party app to create a negative condition that prevents a specific user group from transitioning.

In addition to the suggestions from @Rezgar Cadro _Totem Dev_, I will add Jira Miscellaneous Workflow Extensions (JMWE) to the list of options.  I believe it is slightly less expensive than some of the others.  In JMWE, you can create a User Condition that uses a custom expression to create a negative restriction:


The completed condition looks like this:

JMWE - restrict user group.png


And here's a Scribe I created with step-by-step screenshots.

To answer the question less directly, I would avoid this pattern.  In my experience, it can be more problematic (less maintainable, harder to troubleshoot) than explicitly allowing users, groups, and project roles.

So, if you have the flexibility, I would design a permission scheme based on groups or project roles that explicitly allow the transition rather than disallow it.  This would be easier to maintain, and you can stick with Jira's native conditions.

A common difficulty with the negative pattern is that you can have users assigned to multiple groups.  So, for example, suppose we implement a condition that prevents "User Group B" from completing a transition.  If a user is assigned to both User Group A and User Group B, they will be prohibited from the transition even though their membership in User Group A would otherwise allow it.

But of course, I have no context about your use case, so I don't know if this problem is relevant to you. ;-)

While you can't do that with built-in workflow conditions, here are a few options:

  1. With built-in Jira Automation you can detect transitions from unauthorized users, roll them back and e.g. send a notification. 
  2. [Add-on] With ScriptRunner you can create custom workflow conditions with custom logic,  e.g. that checks the calling user's groups and prevents the transition (how to)
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Hariharan Iyer
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Oct 06, 2023

You can Edit the Workflow and add a Rule to do this as mentioned here -


Specifically, you'll be looking for this type of rule - "Restrict who can move an issue"

Hi, you can add conditions on a transition to control whether it can be executed by a user or groups. Have a look here:

Hi, In the data center version, you can try the "just run this migration" features in the conditions tab of the workflow


we are on Jira cloud and thanks for the response.

It's the same in Cloud.

Condition -> User Is In Any Group (Condition to allow only users in a given group to execute a transition.)

User Is In Any Group (Condition to allow only users in a given group to execute a transition.)

This condition will allow particular group to execute transition but not restrict the group

But you can add all the groups except the one that should not execute it.

Cloud? Data Center? Any plugins available or pure Jira? Please fix your question :-) 

Cloud and pure Jira :)

Hi All

If I read this correctly, I would update the workflow with an new status with that status linked to a group.

Let me know if you need mor of an explanation.

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Christopher Maxwell
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Oct 06, 2023

Hi Bhushan,

You've got some good answers here. Only thing I would add is to make sure you are not using Simplified Workflow and are instead using Jira/Customized Workflow?


If you are using customized workflow, you can add a condition to every transition that you want to restrict. For example, using the "User is in project role" condition:

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