Possible to search inside a Jira attachment?

Colum McAndrew August 11, 2021

I'm wondering if it is possible to find tickets with attachments containing a specific text string. It doesn't look possible, but wanted to get that confirmed. It seems you can only use JQL to find tickets with attachments.

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Daniel Turczanski - __JQL Search Extensions
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August 24, 2021

Hi @Colum McAndrew ,

Standard JQL doesn't easily allow it but the results can be quickly found using our professional indexing service:

After you install the app you can simply search:

attachmentContent ~ "my text"

Make sure to check the documentation.

I hope this helps!


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In 2023 pricing, for a 2000 user company that would cost USD$ 11,856 / yr to do an occasional text lookup - that is not going to get a paid stamp from an C-level manager !

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Hi @Daniel Turczanski - __JQL Search Extensions 

It appears that the feature has been deprecated from the plugin. Despite installing the recommended plugin, I was unable to execute a JQL similar to the one specified above. I also attempted to search for any information related to attachment content on the plugin's documentation page, but to no avail.

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Jack Brickey
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August 11, 2021

JQL does not support searching contents of attachments. JQL is simply a query language for DB fields.

Colum McAndrew August 13, 2021

Thanks for confirming Jack.

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August 15, 2021

Hi @Colum McAndrew

seeing the perfect answer from Jack I just wanted to add that there is a Suggestion with Atlassian that you could vote for, this could lead to an implementation of the mentioned feature in case many customers do want to have it.
Currently one can recognize '99' votes.

There is also the mention of an Apps - just adding this in case you want to review it. I must admit that I have not tested it and therefore only can excerpt what can be seen on the linked Suggestion.


Colum McAndrew August 16, 2021

Thanks @Daniel Ebers. I'm more than happy to round it up to three figures.

Colum McAndrew August 24, 2021

Many thanks Daniel.

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