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Set Cascading Select list field description based on Parent option using Script Runner behaviour

Hi Guys,

I am trying to set Cascading select list field description based on Parent Value using Script Runner behaviour . Not giving any error and not updating the description of the field. Kindly suggest where am i doing wrong. I have tried script avaiable at this link :- 

It's also not working for me. 

Tried to apply at script at intilizer as well as on field . On both case not working. 


import com.atlassian.jira.component.ComponentAccessor
import com.onresolve.jira.groovy.user.FieldBehaviours
import groovy.transform.BaseScript

@BaseScript FieldBehaviours fieldBehaviours

// the cascading select field that you want to set
final fieldName = 'Activity'

// parent value that you want to select
final parentValue = 'RFP Creation & Distribution'

// child value that you want to select
final childValue = 'RFP Request sent to GOSS'

def field = getFieldByName(fieldName)
def optionsManager = ComponentAccessor.optionsManager
def customField = ComponentAccessor.customFieldManager.getCustomFieldObjects(issueContext.projectId, issueContext.issueTypeId).findByName(fieldName)

def fieldConfig = customField.getRelevantConfig(issueContext)
def options = optionsManager.getOptions(fieldConfig)

if (options.find { it.value == parentValue }){
field.setDescription("Start typing to get a list of possible users")


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If you are not actually setting default values in the same script, you don't need to bring in the optionsManager or anything after that.

Here is a full script that shows how you can work with cascading select:

def fld = getFieldById(fieldChanged)
def parentValue = 'Something special'
fld.setDescription("Make a parent selection")
} else {
fld.setDescription("You have found the special parent value of ${fld.value[0]}. Now make a selection in the second-level")
} else {
fld.setDescription("Bravo! You have selected ${fld.value[0]}-${fld.value[1]}")
} else {
fld.setDescription("You've made a boring selection of ${fld.value[0]}")
} else {
fld.setDescription("You've made a boring selection of ${fld.value[0]} and ${fld.value[1]}")

A couple of pointers...

Cascading select in behaviours always return ArrayList<String>

  • If you've selected nothing, the array list is size 0: [ ]
  • If you've only selected the parent value, the list is size 1: [ParentValueString]
    • If you try to access fld.value[1] you will get an error
  • If you've selected both values size = 2: [ParentValueString, SecondLevelString]

Hi @Peter-Dave Sheehan  Thanks for sharing code for cascading field. It works for me :)

Cascading field works very different from other field, i hadn't tried nor think of nested if for cascading field.  Thanks a lot Mate!  

Learn new thing from you. :)

fld.value.size()==1 ( 1 for parent field right ? ) .

fld.value[0] ( [0] for parent field ? ) 



Hi @Vikrant Yadav 

fld.value.size() can be either 0, 1, or 2

  • fld.value.size()==0 //this means both values are "none"
  • fld.value.size()==1 //this means only parent level is selected
  • fld.value.size()==2 //this mean both level are selected

Then, you use [0] or [1] to access either the first or second value. But attempting to access these values when they don't exist will give you an error:

  • fld.value[0] //this reuturn the selected parent-level value
  • fld.value[1] //this returned the selected second-sevel value
Like Vikrant Yadav likes this

Thanks a lot @Peter-Dave Sheehan  

Have a Great Day!

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