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Searching by approvers field in JIRA

I use JIRA cloud. And my team uses "approvers" field to request for reviewing casually. But I seem that we can not search by "approvers" field by using JQL. Please teach me how to search by "approvers" field on JIRA.

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Tansu Akdeniz Community Leader Jul 08, 2019

Hi @tokuda ,

Please check this one:

  • Approvals = approver("TANSU")

It finds requests that require or required approval by Tansu.




Detailed info:

Hope it helps.


Thanks for your comments.

But my team doesn't use `Jira Service Desk`, so I can't use the function `Approvals`.

I want to filter by `approvers` without `Jira Service Desk`.

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Hi @Tansu Akdeniz 

As @tokuda mentioned, this field is only available in "Jira Service Management" per the documentation you linked to.

Any suggestions on how to get a similar functionality in Jira Cloud?

Tansu Akdeniz Community Leader Feb 04, 2021


You can simply use 

  • Approvers = currentUser()


  • Approvers = userA

What do you want to search specifically?

Tried this simple query:

project = "LG" AND Approvers = currentUser() ORDER BY created DESC

and got this error:

Field 'Approvers' is not searchable, it is only sortable.

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This was Great and helped me - thanks a lot

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Go to your Issue settings > FIELD > Custom Fields.

Choose Approvers > Edit Details, Change "Search Template" from None to "User Picker & Group Searcher"

Then you can search approvers in JQL.

I'm also looking for something similar. Effectively, I need something that is 


"Approvers is empty"


As others have posted, it seems like there is no way to use a JQL function on the "approvers" field on the Jira cloud currently.

Hello and sorry to hijack this question but I have the same problem.  I'm trying to filter on a specific name in the Approvers field, across multiple projects, some of which are service desk and some are classic business.  

I have tried:

status = "Awaiting Approval" AND Approvals = approver("rmitchell") ORDER BY created DESC

and get No Issues found.

Any advice here?  Thank you very much in advance.

If the approvers field contains more than one user that jql will not identify the issue as relevant to the jql. I'm not sure what the right query is though.

You can use the OR function to separate queries to both fields to return all of the results.

status = "Awaiting Approval" AND Approver = 5d7bd791458a170db4b0a687 OR status = "Awaiting Approval" AND Approvals = approver("Jason Sweet")

Where 5d7bd791458a170db4b0a687 is Jason Sweet's ID , it will return both Software and Servicedesk issues that Jason sweet has been or is an approver on that is currently "Awaiting Approval"

(TIP: if you type out the "Approver =  " part of the query you can search users by name and it will input the ID)

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