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filter by defects by most populated Affects version field

jorge.soares I'm New Here Thursday

Hi everybody,

I'm trying to find out which are the JIRA issues that are still open and have been there since long (not fixed yet by the development team).

A bit of background, whenever an issue is affecting a new sprint, we populate the field: Affects Version/s in JIRA. For example, I can have the below case:

issue1: Affects Version= Sprint 1

issue2: Affects Version = Sprint 1, Sprint 2, Sprint 3

issue3: Affects Version = Sprint 2, Sprint 3, Sprint 5, Sprint 6, Sprint 7, Sprint 8

I am looking for a filter/query that returns me the 'issue3' since it is the one that contains more strings in the 'affects version' field.

Are you aware of any query syntax that allows that?

Many thanks in advance for your help.

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Jack Community Leader Thursday

There isn’t a way to do this natively. You could consider an addon like Scriptrunner or similar. You could also export a report to CSV and use excel to obtain this info. Basically you want to create a field and count the number of entries then sort the list by the count field descending.

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Ismael Jimoh Community Leader Thursday

Out of the box, there is no count function in JQL.

Look at the marketplace for any addon with this feature or if not, develop something yourself using an add-on like scriptrunner.


you can use  JQL Search Extensions for Jira & reports  plugin to get the required results. As with simple JQL you can't


If you have installed JQL Search Extensions for Jira & reports  , following query will get you the issue3 


issue in affectedVersionCountGreaterThan("2")

it will return all issues where affectedversion have more than 2 values.


If you need to get an issue with specific count then you can use following query.

issue in affectedVersionCountEqualTo("3")



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jorge.soares I'm New Here Friday

Thank you all for your answers. I've decided to go with the Excel workaround since my JIRA instance does not have the suggested plugins. Cheers!

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