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How to write a JQL to show date when issue status CHANGED FROM "X" TO "Z"

I know that the following JQL :

status CHANGED FROM "X" to "Z" AND status = "Z" 

gives me all issues i currently need for my report.

However i would like to show the specific date the status changed from X to Z.

In my query result i get 'created date' and 'updated date' but those dates differ from the date the status changed.

Anyone can assist?




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Andy Heinzer Atlassian Team Apr 05, 2019

Hi everyone,

I understand that Eric has asked for a way to easily find the date that an issue transitioned from one status into another. While JQL does have historical searching for terms like 'Changed' or 'during', these are limited in how much then can help here because an issue can potentially execute the same transition more than once.  Since JQL is designed to return Jira issues, there is not a way to search for this data in JQL alone, with native Jira at least. Thomas has suggested using a custom field to record the date when this transition happened, which could be helpful in some cases when setting up a project, but isn't helpful for existing projects without this setup yet. 

Tarun has also suggested using a 3rd party plugin for Jira like Scriptrunner that might be helpful here.   If you're wanting to create a JQL with this information for the sake of using that filter in a board or dashboard, then I would recommend trying Thomas or Tarun's suggestions here.

However if you don't need this as a saved filter, and just want to find the specific times when transitioned happened for an issue, perhaps this approach will help:

For Jira Server users, there is a way to find this data, but you have to run some SQL queries against your database to find clear dates for this kind of transition. Check out the KB It provides some SQL queries you could use to find specific transitions and the times they happen to issues in a Jira Server environment.  This might not help for all use cases, but if you want to find when issues changed a status value, this KB can help with that.


For Jira Cloud, well, I would like to apologize that there isn't a great way to do this in Cloud right now. In Jira Cloud, you don't have access to the SQL database, so you can't use the same steps above (unless you were to take a full XML backup of Cloud and import that to a Jira Server site, which is NOT as trivial as it might sound.) But I did find a marketplace solution that might help in appears it would let you export this kind of transition data into a CSV or XLS export file.  From there, you could probably then use some spreadsheet filtering to more easily locate this information against those issues. Perhaps this would help as a solution to finding that information in Jira Cloud.


And when might one expect to be able to carry this out in Jira Cloud?


Seriously...why does everything useful need to be paid like a vig to a Mafioso?

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All anwsers to issues are buy this plugin or suscribe to this app. Its really anoying

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My company originally had JIRA on prem and I was able to get most of what I needed with regards to analytics.  Then we moved to JIRA Cloud and the simplest thing that even a basic SAAS solution would offer, is not available to JIRA Cloud users.  You must constantly search the Atlassian Marketplace for yet another add-on to purchase.  Moreover, in most cases it's just me that needs the functionality, but I have to be fleeced and pony up an amount based on total licenses (400).  I am too lazy to look for an alternative solution and like most of you, my company is well vested with Atlassian to just abandon ship.  But I am sure there must be a better alternative out there - these guys set the bar really low.

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As a workaround you can manually specify date of change like in example below.

If the raport is for short period is should work

status CHANGED FROM "X" TO "Z" on 2020-04-03

Works also on Jira Cloud :-)

status changed to ("In QA", "IN PROGRESS") AFTER "-1w"

Works as well like charm, so you can easily list issues that, for example, reached a status in the past time range 

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Thank you Martin! This sure looks like the solution, and hopefully can be marked as the correct solution.

I changed the query to a date for my purposes

AFTER "2022/03/20"

 works like a charm - thanks!

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with Tina's edit to the query, it worked like a charm :-)

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Tarun Sapra Community Leader Aug 16, 2017

As Thomas as mentioned about using post-functions for populating date fields. Similary for all the issues upto now in your JIRA instance if you want to display the transition date then just add the "Scripted field" from the "Script runner" add=on. This will show the date of the transition from older issues as well in the futre issues and this field can be displayed in the issue navigator of the search result.

Where can i find the "Scripted field" from the "Script runner" ?

Available in Jira Cloud?

Thomas Schlegel Community Leader Aug 16, 2017

Scriptrunner is a paid plugin for Jira. If you didn't buy it, you won't see the field.

Yes, that is true.  But we have purchased Scriptrunner so how might we find it?

how Can We create a field with out ability to see it & Fill Automatically

i mean where shout i add Field ? Creat or edit or View ?( imean I dont want to see it anybody else)

Do you know the script of it to fill the Fields Automatically?

@Tarun Sapra 

@Mohammad Shafiei  @Kirk J Gould @Eric_Mertens 

If you could fill in the required script, please share, I will be very grateful.

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Thomas Schlegel Community Leader Aug 16, 2017

Hi Eric,

you can't get this date with JQL.

If you want to have this for future issues, you can add a custom field to your project and fill this custom field with the current date in a workflow post function of the status change from X to Z. So the date is persisted and you can query it.

This sounds like a option worth a try....thx!

If it is not possible via JQL, is there another option/interface (REST, Sql/Database) to get the Status-Changed DateTimes from Jira? We need it to print velocity/process reports.

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