MS SQL Query to show data in database



I have a custom field that imports data from another database. I need to find out what the data looks like in JIRA. Are 0 stored as Null or 0?

I have tried with out success to get the information out of JIRA which is on a MySQL DB.

Can someone share the query to achieve this?

Many Thanks



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Alexey Matveev Community Champion Dec 28, 2017


Null's are not stored at all.

Yup.  If a custom field does not have a value, there is no row in customfieldvalue at all. 

It would be a very good idea to forget about using the database - the API will give you better answers, more easily.

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Hi Kevin,

I believe the answer to your question is going to be NULL.  Depending on what information you're looking for, here is the database schema for JIRA.

You can use it to create queries and determine how the database is layed out.  In addition, at the top of that article is a jar file depending on whether you're using JIRA 5,6 or 7 to generate schema information for the JIRA database.  Here is the one for JIRA 7: jira-schema-diagram-generator-plugin-1.1.0.jar.



Alexey Matveev Community Champion Dec 28, 2017

@Branden McElveen

I believe that null values for custom fields are not stored in the database otherwise the database would be much larger in size.

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Every issue has an entry in the JIRAISSUE table with its own numeric id.

Likewise, every custom field is represented as a row in the CUSTOMFIELD table with its id.

There's an intermediate table between both of those tables named CUSTOMFIELDVALUE, each of which rows contains one issue id, one custom field id, and the stored value:


That said, NULL values simply do not have a row in the CUSTOMFIELDVALUE table.

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