Updating text field with current user

Hi All

I'll simplify my requirement so it may not make complete sense as to why I want to do this. 

I have a custom multi line text field. I would like to populate this with the current user when a certain transition happens in my custom workflow. Is this possible?


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Strictly, no, because the current user is a user object, not a block of text.  The best you could do is convert the user object to a string representation in a post-function and drop that into the text.  But it will no longer be a user, just some information about that user in plain text.

You will need some code too - I'd write a script-runner post-function to do it, but it would be quite short, as extracting a user name and/or login is quite simple

Hi Nic, yep the name is all I want really. And probably the time that the transition happens.

That's possible, you'd just tack on "now, formatted" into the string in your code.

Hi Nic, for your comment "I'd write a script-runner post-function" do you mean within the JIRA UI or as a python file which I can drop on the server?

Neither. As Zezeto has said, you use a scripting add-on. I use the script-runner because it's been the most powerful one for many years (with the caveat that with great power, comes great responsibility - you must understand JIRA before you try to write your own scripts) and I've got used to it. Also, I now work with Jamie, so when I get stuck, I can directly ask his team for help, but I'd have said the same thing even if I didn't.


Yes you can do it using scripting utilities plugin like

Jira Scripting Suite

ScriptRunner for JIRA



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