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Change sender info when using Automation for JIRA to send emails.


I've been looking at using the Automation for JIRA plugin but have noticed that everything that gets sent out (if using to send emails) will be done as "Automation for JIRA" instead of the agent kicking off the manual trigger.

This doesn't look very clean from a customer view so would like to know if we can change it so the agent's name gets used instead.

Is this a possibility?



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andreas Community Leader Aug 27, 2017

Hi Larry,

It depends a bit on if you are in Cloud or Server.

In Cloud we currently only allow changing the 'Reply-to' address.  There's issues with SPAM filters to make it difficult to change the from address in cloud right now (we do have an issue open right now to allow changing of the from name at least -


In server you can set the from name already and you can use smart-values!

So in server you can simply edit the 'From' field and use this as its value:

"{{initiator.displayName}}" <{{initiator.emailAddress}}>

'initiator' is the user that triggered the event so in your example, the agent that ran the manual trigger.



Hi Andreas,


Yes, it is the cloud version.   Thanks for the reply, it makes sense about the limitation.  We'll just have to make do with it for the time being.




Hi Andreas, 

Thanks for this information.  I clicked the link to the open issue, but it redirects me to your customer portal. Is there a way I can view the issue and start watching it?



andreas Community Leader Sep 08, 2017

Hi Susan,

It's an annoying limitation with JIRA Service Desk, where if you have a Service Desk customer account, you can't view issues in a software project (even if those issues are public).  You can view the issue when you log out.

We'll also notify this community post when we release a fix.



Hi @andreas,

First of All, Automation for JIRA Cloud is awesome!

Is there a update about this open issue: AUT-281 ?

For Jira Cloud, is it possible to set the from name at least to the header contain?

If yes, how can I do that?



@andreas, Any progress?  Working with a client on Cloud and this would be a great help.

Hi guys,

apologies about the delayed response but just letting you know this issue is done now:

In Cloud, you can now set 'from' name for send email action.C



Hi John,


I'm using the latest version for Jira Automation for Cloud but am still unable to modify the "From" field for "Send Email" action. Is it not available for the current version just yet?

Like Evgeny Lepilin likes this

Hey guys,

Sorry for my slow response here. 

You can't put an email in for Cloud, only a name unfortunately.

Like Trevan Householder likes this


Please clarify how to enter this in the 'From Name' field. 

I have entered "Some user entered FROM name" <> with my companies email address as a replacement. I get an error 'Error sending email:Extra route-addr' 

I feel like the above is the incorrect format and i havnt understood this correctly?

Is there a way to hide the by configuring the 'From field? 


Esther Strom Community Leader Jul 08, 2020

@John McKiernan since this plugin is now native to Jira, why doesn't it use the default instance email address? For example, all notification emails from our Jira instance come from "". The fact that the automation emails use a different address result in many of them getting caught by our corporate spam filter and never being delivered. I'm working with IT, but it took several months to get this fixed with the original Jira address, so in the meantime we cannot use this automation action for anything that is important.

Hey @Esther Strom ,

Thanks for your question and a good one too since we are now part of Atlassian. 

I raised it with the team and it is certainly something doable though not as straightforward as I'd hope. I have added all of the comments and needs to this ticket:

Hopefully we can tick it off soon as I know this can be more than an annoyance. 



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Hi @John McKiernan  ,

Do you have any estimate when ticket you raised could be implemented?

We have serious complaints from external vendors as these mails go to junk, or more importantly - get mixed up with mails from their other clients using Jira.





Hey @Jovan Kovačević ,

Unfortunately I can't give an estimate. There are quite a few priority issues being worked on at the moment and I don't want to make a promise that we can't follow through on. 

I can certainly understand the urgency and need for this. As soon as the status for that bug changes, we will update this post to let you know. 

Hope that helps, even if it isn't quite the answer you are looking for!



Looking forward to see this implemented soon.. Also, if we can allow the same notification template (HTML/CSS) designed for the project is carried over to Automation emails, would be great. It would avoid creating separate HTML content in Automation notifications/emails.

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