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How to create an empty test execution in jira using REST API and XRay for JIRA

I want to create an empty test execution through REST API, to which I will later import results.

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What was said before is still correct... You can use Jiras API to add a new test execution.

But I have to say it is not that easy. There are several custom fields that are used by Xray and that are needed to be filled. And these are not documented so far.

I found out the structure of the payload after I submitted a GET to an existing Test Execution.

curl -u "<YOUR USER>:<YOUR PW>;" -k -X GET -H "Content-Type: application/json" <YOUR SERVER>/rest/api/2/issue/<YOUR EXISTING TEST EXECUTION>

I used the output as a template. Now I was able add a new Test Execution:

curl -u "<YOUR USER>:<YOUR PW>;" -k -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d "@c:\temp\example.json" <YOUR SERVER>/rest/api/2/issue

I used this payload (exampel.json):

   "fields": {
      "project": {
         "id": "<YOUR PROJECT ID>"
      "summary": "Test Execution summary",
      "description": "Description of the Test Execution",
      "issuetype": {
         "id": "10302"
      "customfield_10627": ["<YOUR KEY TO THE LINKED TEST PLAN>"]

 This added an empty Test Execution which is linked to a Test Plan. You have to add the Test Plan to the field "customfield_10627".

But I still don't know if the numeric value of the custom fields are stable in every Jira/Xray installation. Do anybody else know this answer?

I found the solution on my own. The numbers might be dynamic. I used this answer:

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José Domingues [Xray]
Marketplace Partner
Marketplace Partners provide apps and integrations available on the Atlassian Marketplace that extend the power of Atlassian products.
May 14, 2018

Hi Didhi,

Did you check Xray documentation on how to create tests and test executions using REST API here:


Best regards,

Xpand Add-ons Team

I believe creating an empty test execution could be done by calling jira api and passing the test execution issue type

Could you at least link the Jira API documentation section where it shows how to create one?


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