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How to search for labels with a wildcard?

Nica Huestegge Apr 08, 2013


Can anyone tell me how I can search for all labels containing a certain word?

I've tried:

labels = "word*" brings no result

labels ~ "word*" brings massage "is not supported by the field labels"

I want to be able to build filters for groups of labels, i.e. "linux-*", "macos* etc.



8 answers

6 votes
Mark Symons Aug 20, 2013

Try the "issueFieldExactMatch" JQL Function from Script Runner plugin.

issueFieldExactMatch (subquery, fieldname, regexp)

Here's an example for searching labels:

issueFunction in issueFieldMatch("reporter = fred", "labels", "ie[8|9]")

This will locate my labels "ie8" and "ie9" but not give matches against "ie7" or "review" (etc)

Ondrej Matejka May 19, 2014

Hi Mark,

can this issueFunction be used for identifying issues with labels starting with a specifies string "c/"?

I am using query

issueFunction in issueFieldMatch("", labels, "c/.*")

but I also get results where labels dont start with but only include the required string (e.g. "asc/something")

Can you please advise?



Mark Booth Oct 22, 2014

@Ondrej, you might be able to use a regex "^" start of line anchor, i.e. "^c/.*" to do what you want. Sadly this only really works if you have only one label, or you c/ label is the first label.

J B Dec 28, 2015

TLDR: Try '\\bc/.*' Use 'word boundaries' rather than 'start of line'. Following up on Mark's comment, the workaround is to use the word boundary pattern rather than the 'start of line/input' pattern. The labels field is treated as a string containing the list's elements, which is why the start of line pattern isn't matching what you'd hope. See here for more useful patterns:

Philip Schlesinger Jun 28, 2016

Thank you for this!

2 votes
Laura Franco Aug 21, 2013

Yes, that has happened to me twice in the past 2 or 3 months. I like JIRA and the plug-in approach. What I don't like is that the cost of all the plugins is starting to approach the cost of JIRA itself.

2 votes
efavreau Sep 19, 2018

My solution is derivative of Mark's above, and is the only solution I could find. However, in order to implement this, I have modified this so it can be understood by people who do not understand regular expressions. This exactly solves the question asked.

issueFunction in issueFieldMatch("project = foo", labels, "(matchonexactlythis)")

First part: I am performing a JQL query for my entire project (in this example, the project is named foo).

Second part: I am searching for labels

Third part: I am using a regular expression that reads to look for what is between the parenthesis, regardless of anything else.

This will find labels named matchonexactlythis, ionlywantomatchonexactlythis, and matchonexactlythisplease, within the foo project.

 To use this JQL query, copy and paste it in. Update the first part with as generic or specific a query as you want. Update the third part, between the parenthesis with the word you are searching for.

0 votes
Matheus Fernandes Atlassian Team Apr 08, 2013

Hi Nica,

You can see how to use wild cards in JIRA in this page, however, I believe this will only work if the JIRA Indexing Language is set to other due to word stemming. You can see more about this in this other thread. If possible, try to set the indexing language to 'Other' in the General Configuration and re-index JIRA. Then, try to use wildcards again.

I hope this helps! :)

Matheus Fernandes

Nica Huestegge Apr 10, 2013

It took me some time to try this, because I had to re-index which I can only do outside of office hours...

But: nothing. I switched the indexing language to other and re-indexed. The results of my search are the same as described above.

Tim Black 6 hours ago

@Matheus Fernandes your link is broken. I think the page is now  titled "Search Syntax for Text Fields"?

0 votes
Simon Davison Apr 30, 2013

I could really use wirdcards too and the above suggestion didn't help me either. I've been using labels (tags) on other sites like Delicious and Flickr for many years and have developed a basic hierarchy to my tags. E.g. Actor:PM, Actor:Client, Value:Client_Engagement etc. I want to be able to search for all labels that start "X:" but without a wildcard that seems impossible in Jira.

Nica Huestegge May 15, 2013

I've started helping myself with custom fields instead, but that can't be the answer...

0 votes
Philip Shapiro May 15, 2013

I could really use this too! I just assumed I could use wildcards on labels but was disappointed to find it didn't work. I guess I can create an 'or' query that matches all the known label forms that the regex would match. I'll have to update it whenever a new label is created, but it's better than nothing...

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Laura Franco Aug 21, 2013

this is great to know! i just got this same question from my users and here is the answer posted only 9 hrs ago.

Mark Symons Aug 21, 2013

I'm glad the answer was useful. Just be aware that the "Scripted JQL Functions" module in Script Runner may go commercial at some point.

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Alexandr Pustovit Nov 02, 2015

It's possible to search for labels using wildcards in JIRA only with addons, please give a try to following one Advanced Labels Search Plugin for Jira

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