How to set a defult value to the assignee field


I need to set the default value 'Automatic' to the field 'Assignee' . By default JIRA does this only in Create Issue screen. I use JIRA 5.1.3.

Any work around ?

Thanks, Vishnu

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Could manage it by un-cheking the 'Skip-If Assignee' option in the workflow post funtion.

Didn't find any other way :(

if i got that right you may need to add a post-function to a transition inside your workflow which updates the assignee field.


add post-function "update issue field"

the next step will show you this

May I ask why would you want to do this for the Edit Issue screen? Its value is Automatic in Create Issue screen because the default assignee of issues in a project by default is the project lead. Therefore the Automatic value determines that the project lead is the assignee. If u edit the issue, and change the assignee to "Automatic", it will still put the project lead as assignee.

We wanted to implement a workflow where on Reopen, the issue is assigned to the Project Lead unless the user specifies something else.

If I place the assignee field on the transition screen, I can't set it to show "Automatic", it'll show the previous assignee.

If I use a post-function to assign the issue to the Project Lead, I'll have to remove the Assignee field from the transition screen because the post function overwrites whatever the user chose.


So - there really is no way to set the Assignee to NULL before showing the transition screen, right?

We want to do something similar too. We want to set the default value of The Assignee field to a specific user on a specific transition screen but allow the current user change it if they want. Can this be done?

I tried with "and set field value: Assignee to Automatic" but that just assigns the issue to the project lead.

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