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JQL Searching of numerical custom fields?

I have a field that we have created that is a single select drop down list. Within this list is a series of 12 numbers. I need to be able to search on this field using the ">=" or "<=" operators.

Is this possible? Any thoughts on how to do this?

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Hi @Laci 

I do not think you can do that with out-of-the-box JQL.  You might be able to type-convert if you have scripting addons from the marketplace.  Or build something using automation rules.

A work-around would be to use a membership test.  For example...

  • If your single-select field contained: 0, 1, 3, 5, 23.7, 50, 1000
  • And you wanted to find >= 5
  • You might search with myField IN (5, 23.7, 50, 1000)

Best regards,

@Bill Sheboy , thanks. Unfortunately, that is not going to be attainable as our list of numbers is ever growing and changing. We need something that will allow us to use those search operators.

We do have Scriptrunner. I am just not familiar enough with scripting on how to write such a code.


Thanks for clarifying, Laci.  I'm on Cloud, without ScriptRunner, so I am unable to give you ideas on using that tool.

Hopefully another community member from Adaptavist can help.

Derek Fields Community Leader Jul 19, 2021

Using ScriptRunner, you can create a scripted numeric field. The script would simply be

getCustomFieldValue("<field name>").value

 This will give you a field that you can apply the ">" operator to.

Make sure that you set the Searcher to Number in the Custom Field configuration when you create the scripted field. You will also need to reindex so that the index has the values of the custom field.

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@Derek Fields unfortunately, this does not allow me to create a drop down menu and I don't trust my developers to input things in properly or consistently with just a text field.


I also keep getting an error with your code. It gives me a static error as well as just not being able to run it.

Derek Fields Community Leader Jul 28, 2021

@Laci - I think that you misunderstood my answer. Create your custom field as a drop-down list of values. Lets say that you call it "Points" - this would be the dropdown list that your users would select from.

Then create a scripted field using Scriptrunner and configure it with the script:


This field doesn't have to be on any screen. You can use the value of this field in your JQL as part of a greater-than or less-than comparison. For instance, if you name this field "Scripted Points", then you can write JQL that includes

"ScriptedPoints" > 4

That should give you the best of both - a drop-down list for data entry and a number field for JQL

@Derek Fields Thanks! 

I did this, however it still doesn't give me the ">" or "<" operators. I can only use "~" and "!~".


Derek Fields Community Leader Aug 05, 2021

Check that the Renderer on the Script Field is set to Number and not text. That is probably why you aren't seeing the numeric operators. Remember that you are using the script field in your JQL, not the drop down list field.

Thank you! That worked... however, we have a couple option that have multiple decimal points within them so Jira doesn't like that and won't allow it to be searched that way.

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