Is JIRA REST API really limited by visible fields?

It seems that in order to set a field through the REST API the field must appear on the screen for creating an issue. Otherwise you get this type of error:

Field 'fixVersions' cannot be set. It is not on the appropriate screen, or unknown.

It seems strange to me that the API should be limited by the UI since often the purpose of using the API is to perform things that the UI is not capable of.

Is it possible to access a field without it being visible to users? For example if I want to have a custom field that is only accessible through the API but hidden from users (for cosmetic rather than security reasons), is it possible to achieve this?

2 answers

1 accepted

1 vote
Accepted answer

No, REST respects the settings in the UI.

The purpose of the REST API is to allow you to do things inside the application - it would be a nightmare to say to users "hey, here's a UI, but if you use REST, you can bypass all the configuration and settings and do what the heck you like". You might as well throw away all your control and tracking, along with the web interface. You really do need REST to respect the UI.

You could play some javascript tricks - hide the field with a bit of javascript embedded on the page - the field will still be shown to the user's browser, but the javascript will remove it. REST will get the whole page like the browser, but ignore the javascript.

I'm seeing that the REST API does not respect the settings in the UI in regards to email addresses being visible.

Suggest an answer

Log in or Sign up to answer
Community showcase
Published Nov 27, 2018 in Portfolio for Jira

Introducing a new planning experience in Portfolio for Jira (Server/DC)

In the past, Portfolio for Jira required a high degree of detail–foresight that was unrealistic for many businesses to   have–in   order to produce a reliable long-term roadmap. We're tur...

2,714 views 17 21
Read article

Atlassian User Groups

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find a group

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find my local user group

Unfortunately there are no AUG chapters near you at the moment.

Start an AUG

You're one step closer to meeting fellow Atlassian users at your local meet up. Learn more about AUGs

Groups near you