Use UserUtils in a velocity template

Deleted user Nov 30, 2014


I'm trying to retrieve the full name of some users from their username. I think the UserUtil interface can do that but I couldn't find how to make it works in my vm file.

My velocity template:

#set($name = $userutil.getUserByName("bla").getDisplayName())

Problem: "$name" is displayed but not replaced by the full name.

My atlassian-plugin.xml:

<component-import key="userutil" 
        interface="com.atlassian.jira.user.util.UserUtil" />

JIRA version: v6.3.3

Thanks for your time and your help.

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using $userutil assumes that you've got getUserUtil in your webwork action which renders the velocity template.

So you can either expose UserUtil through a getter in the java code or create a method that calls UserUtil and returns the display name:

something like getDisplayName(String user) { return UserUtil.getUserByName(user).getDisplayName()}

and then call it in velocity:


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Deleted user Dec 01, 2014

Thanks for your answer,

I didn't do exactly what you wrote but that helped me to understand the existing code I'm working on. I add the method getDisplayName to the utilities class and then, I put an instance of this class in the context map so that I can use it in the velocity template.

Here's my code for people having the same issue:

Utility class:

import com.atlassian.jira.user.UserUtils;
 public String getDisplayName(String username) {
        return UserUtils.getUser(username).getDisplayName();

Java class of the plugin:

Utilities utils = new Utilities();
contextMap.add("utils", utils);

Velocity template:

$utils.getDisplayName("some username")

Now, it works!

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