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Searching for options within attribute in formula (structures)

Hi Community,

I need help with a formula im working on. Basically I am trying to create an IF statement where I define an attribute, and I want to search within that attribute for a certain option. For example:

IF(Issuetype= (here i want to pull out a specific issuetype so it looks it up in the formula),'True')

Can anyone help me out? Thank you in advance!

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Hi Ryan,

Thanks for posting. 

Can you provide some clarification as to what you mean exactly by "searching options within attribute" so I can better assist you? Are you looking to be able to pick up a field's possible values within a Formula or something else? It will also help us answer you if we know what the exact use case is. 

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Best Regards,


ALM Works 

So when you create a formula in a structure, lets say you put in the letter "i". The letter "i" doesnt have a variable assigned to it. So if you click on the i and assign a variable, it will give you an option to "Search attribute..." where a list will be provided. Lets say the attribute is the field "Issue Type", when creating a ticket for the structure that same field will display certain options to select. What I want to do within the formula is create an IF statement where I want it to search within that attribute/variable I have selected (Issue Type) and and I want to know how to search for a specific option within the issue type, like the options which are displayed in the field when creating a ticket.

Hi Ryan,

Thanks for the clarification.

As part of this feature request, would you want the auto-completion functionality when writing an IF statement, like it is done with JQL? 

Best Regards,


All I really want to know is how to format the statement so it searches within the options of the attribute. Like what operator am I suppose to be using? (=, IS, etc.) and do I use " " or brackets around the text?

Hi Ryan,

This is not currently possible. You can only search variables right now but not the actual options within the variable. I forwarded your use case to our Product Team. We will be looking into possible ways to implement this. Please confirm if auto-completion would be desirable as part of the feature.

Best Regards,


Yes that would be very desirable. Thank you for your response I appreciate the assistance.

Thanks for confirming, Ryan. You are very welcome, I'm happy to help!



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