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JQL query: field "starts with..."


I would like to create a filter to show those issues whose custom field "Name" starts by a specific letter, let's say, "A".

I am currently using:

Name ~ "A*"

But it is returning wrong results (issues where Name does not start with "A")

Does anybody have any clue about how to perform that search?

Thanks a lot,


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You should be able to use issueFieldExactMatch from the same plugin...

issueFunction in issueFieldMatch("", "Name", "A.*")

Hello Jamie,

Thanks for your answer.

However, I am receiving an error:

The JIRA server could not be contacted. This may be a temporary glitch or the server may be down.

When performing the following query:

issueFunction in issueFieldMatch("project=XXX", "Nom", "^[a-eA-E]")

If I change and use the field "Assignee" instead of the custom field "Nom" (Text Field (< 255 characters)), it works fine.

Do you know what may be happening?



Logs, in case they may help:

2013-03-08 08:21:48,804 http-8080-2 DEBUG bignoan 501x5364x2 nda8qa,, /rest/issueNav/1/issueTable/ [jira.groovy.jql.AbstractScriptedJqlFunction] Subquery (project=PMOCONTACT) took 30 ms
2013-03-08 08:21:48,823 http-8080-2 ERROR bignoan 501x5364x2 nda8qa,, /rest/issueNav/1/issueTable/ [common.error.jersey.ThrowableExceptionMapper] Uncaught exception thrown by REST service
	at java.util.regex.Matcher.getTextLength(
	at java.util.regex.Matcher.reset(
	at java.util.regex.Matcher.&lt;init&gt;(
	at java.util.regex.Pattern.matcher(
	at sun.reflect.GeneratedMethodAccessor1519.invoke(Unknown Source)  &lt;+1&gt; (
	at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(
	at org.codehaus.groovy.runtime.callsite.PojoMetaMethodSite$PojoCachedMethodSite.invoke(
	at com.onresolve.jira.groovy.jql.EntityMatch$_getQuery_closure1.doCall(script1362578899598384340786.groovy:107)  &lt;+2&gt; (
	at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(
	at org.codehaus.groovy.reflection.CachedMethod.invoke(
	at groovy.lang.MetaMethod.doMethodInvoke(
	at org.codehaus.groovy.runtime.metaclass.ClosureMetaClass.invokeMethod(
	at groovy.lang.MetaClassImpl.invokeMethod(
	at org.codehaus.groovy.runtime.DefaultGroovyMethods.eachWithIndex(
	at org.codehaus.groovy.runtime.dgm$206.invoke(Unknown Source)

There are more lines, but characters are limited here.


Oh... it's a bug in my code. Can you modify the input query to be "project = XXX and Nom is not empty". Check that query works on its own before feeding to the function.


Thanks Jamie! Here the results of the tests:

project= XXX AND Nom is not EMPTY

Returns apropriate issues.

issueFunction in issueFieldMatch("project= XXX AND Nom is not EMPTY", "Nom", "^[a-eA-E]")

Does not return any issue (it should). No errors are logged.


worked for me... although I think yours should have worked too.

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Great Jamie. It works with this regex!

Thanks again!


Hi Jamie,

I have a similar issue, looking for issues with lables starting with "c/" (as in c/something). Unfortunately, the qurey I am using also returns results like "asc/something" etc, i.e. not starting with but containing "c/".

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

Could you please advise?



Not sure if you solved yet, but you have to use % instead of *
eg: summary ~ "Frontend:%"

This is not possible without writing you own jql function as a plugin (or using Script Runner to script this jql).

Thanks for you answer, Henning.

However, I have one doubt: I have not been able to find where to define a new JQL function within Script Runner.

Even if I follow Jamie Echlin's instructions, I cannot find the described options: Admin -> Script JQL Functions

Quick Start

  • Go to Admin -> Script JQL Functions.
  • Click Add New Function

Any clue would be appreciated! Thanks

Yes, scripted JQL is currently only in the beta version.

For me it's the last point of the Plugins menu and a link on the main admin page in the plugin section under Other.

Do you use the current BETA version?

No, I am currently using 2.0.7. Should I update to 2.1-BETA-8? to use these options?

Thanks Henning, it works!

You could also use:

Name LIKE 'A%'

Should be: "^c.*"

If you got to this question and are wanting to match against a project's name, this works for me:

project IN projectMatch("project name prefix.+")

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