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Jira issue filter contain text with partial words

Bernat Casero Oct 12, 2014

On issue navigator there is a text box to filter issues. When I put an incomplete word (ie: inter) searcher show no results. There are issues with International word on subject.

Can I change the behaviour of this text box to allow incomplete word search?



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Geert Graat Oct 12, 2014


You can search using the CONTAINS operator. So for example:

summary ~ "inter*"



Bernat Casero Oct 14, 2014

perfect! it woks wink

Lewis Chilton Feb 07, 2017

It does need speech marks or asterisk;

summary ~ inter

Should work fine as it automatically searches using the contains operator.

4 votes
michael shelnutt Nov 30, 2016



This is not working for me at all....


I have a Summary field that has the text of DEF_LIST_272 Foo Bar   

I want to find my issue by looking for 272

If I use summary ~ "272*"  I get no results back

In fact , if I use 

summary ~ "DEF_LIST_*"   I still get no results back


if I use 

summary ~ "DEF_LIST_272" I get results back.


So is there a real CONTAINS feature (i.e. contains the text, like GREP does)?


Christopher Pearson Jul 24, 2017

I was having he same issue with a simalare keyword search. This is what i had to do to make it work. It appears it doesn't match up if it has underscores (dont think that is the only case it cant find the keyword...). So i broke it up into several phrases. Also, the '*' doesn't seem to work even thou they say to use it on their guide...

change: Summary ~ 'DEF_LIST_272'

to: Summary ~'DEF_' AND Summary ~'LIST_' AND Summary ~ '272'

This will probably return you some extra items but will also bring back the results you are looking for.

Nithin Balachandran Aug 03, 2018

It worked well for me !! I used  summary ~ "Text"

Jan Koprowski Apr 12, 2019

I had the same problem. The search in JIRA is sadly not that good. Wanted to search for a number in a string, e.g. test123 and couldn't find it with any option. Of course you can try like Christopher Pearson said, but you really have to know the whole string and not only a part of it.

There is an add-on called Power JQL ( from our company which can solve this problem. For your issue michael shellnutt try following jql search

for issue in powerIssue("summary", ".*272.*")

This gives the result you desire.The add-on can improve the jql search also by using  RegEx in its full potential. You can also search for attachments on issues.

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suresh J Jan 06, 2017


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Richard Smart Mar 11, 2019

Just noticed this does not work if you use [ ] - I get an error returned of text query '[text here]*' for field 'summary' is not valid: probably your range query is incorrect.

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Reg Hawkins Mar 28, 2019

project = <projectname>AND issuetype = Task AND summary !~ "FT Manual testing" AND summary ~ "Manual testing"

This searches the summary and removes all the tasks that contain "FT Manual testing", if I d "Manual testing" I get all the issues that also include FT.

The only drawback with this approach is that I am relying on the summary being consistent.

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