On an issue workflow transition, can the assignee field only search a project role?

Danny Harris Community Champion Aug 15, 2017


I would like to set up a workflow transition with a transition screen that allows the user to select an assignee (this part was easily done). The assignee field however MUST only reference assignees within a certain Project Role? 

Is this possible?

Do I need a plugin?



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The content of the assignee field is controlled with permissions.

If your permission scheme says something like "Role: developers", then it will only list (and allow selection of) people in that role.

Danny Harris Community Champion Aug 15, 2017

Hi Nic,

Unfortunately I am not sure I understand your answer. Can this be done? How?

I would assume it is an advanced workflow configuration. Is this correct?



When the assignee list is drawn up, JIRA looks at the permission scheme for the project.

It only lists people who match the "can be assigned issues" rule in there.

So, if you have a rule like "can be assigned issues:  Role (developer)", then only people in that role will appear in the assignee list.

You don't need properties, just the right permissions and people in the role.

Danny Harris Community Champion Sep 20, 2017

Can this be done on creation of the issue?

Yes, the permission scheme applies throughout.  Look in the permission scheme for "can be assigned issues" and set it to say "Role: X"

Danny Harris Community Champion Sep 20, 2017

Hi Nic,


I assumed the permission scheme applies to the overall project it is applied to and not one issue type within the project. Have I misunderstood?




No, that's correct.  You had not mentioned "by issue type" before.

Danny Harris Community Champion Sep 20, 2017

Ah, apologies Nic.


Yes it is for only one issue type within a project. 

Ok, that's where you can use workflow properties.

Get the permission right for the general case for all issues in the project

Define a workflow for the project

Define a workflow for the single issue type

Tie them together in a workflow schem so that your special issue type uses the dedicated workflow

In the dedicated workflow, you can alter the permissions, including "assignable user" when the issue is in each status.  See https://confluence.atlassian.com/adminjiraserver073/workflow-properties-861253674.html

Danny Harris Community Champion Oct 19, 2017

Hi Nic,


Unfortunately, I do not think it is possible within JIRA at this time.  JRACLOUD-6126 


Thanks for the response though.

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