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How to use wildcards in Jira search


I'm trying to create filters for confluence pages, but our naming scheme for Jira issues has made this a bit difficult

So this is what the title of an issue looks like, with animals subbed in

Cat Dog (Mouse Cow:Pig_Duck_01)
Cat Dog (Mouse Cow:Pig_Duck_02)
and so on

Now searching for "Pig_Duck_01" returns the first issue, but "Pig_Duck_0?" returns nothing. I've tried many combinations of *, ?,

matching a larger sequence and escaping the parens and more but cant seem to get it to match

im familiar with regex's and this is essentially what i want to match with the Jira search query

Cat Dog (Mouse Cow:Pig_Duck_\d+)
or just
would be enough

If anyone can help me here or point out what im doing wrong, that would be great.

M. Sanchez

3 answers


You cannot search on word parts, only on whole words.

You can use '?' for single character replacement or '*' for multiple character replacement. I would suggest your search include the entire 'word' in your example: Cow:Pig_Duck_0?

As J Thomas points out, the summary filed (which I believe you reference as title) has the ability to use the CONTAINS ('~') operator. So, a JQL query like this should work too: summary ~ "Pig_Duck_0*"

Can't search partial words? What a garbage query language.

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What sort of field is the 'title' that you're searching on? Do you get a ~ operator in the Advanced Search? This would search for issues containing the specified value so using just Pig_Duck_0 with no wildcard should work.

The Summary field uses the ~ operator so if I search my JIRA for issues where summary ~ leave I get issues where summary contains the word 'Leaver'.

Nice one!  Worked for me using  the tilda!

In short:

  • Use '*' for multiple character replacement
  • Or use '?' for single character replacement


I guess also ~ instead of = at the beginning.

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