Calling plug-in actions from anywhere?


Does it exists a global function similar to the provided by the following method;

com.atlassian.jira.web.action.JiraWebActionSupport.getRedirect(String arg0)

It returns the url for any other action defined in the plugin, but it can only be invoked by an action extending the JiraWebActionSupport class.

I need to call an action from a menu.

Many thanks,


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You should be able to call it from anywhere using a link like this:


Doesn't that work? For a menu, use a web-item.

I believe ActionContext.getResponse().sendRedirect(location) will append the correct contextPath. Haven't tried it though, but the Javadocs seem accurate enough

This method can accept relative URLs; the servlet container must convert the relative URL to an absolute URL before sending the response to the client. If the location is relative without a leading '/' the container interprets it as relative to the current request URI. If the location is relative with a leading '/' the container interprets it as relative to the servlet container root.

You can also build the url client-side. There should be a

<script type="text/javascript">var contextPath = '';</script>

on every page, with the appropriate value.

Florin is right, but there is an even easier way, your Action classes (should?) probably subclass JiraWebActionSupport, and so, can call: getRedirect("secure/yourapp/Thing!view.jspa"); so long as your action then returns NULL, you will get redirected, with context set accordingly if present.

The problem is that the code is not inside an action, it's in a menu builder. Hence, neither

<script type="text/javascript">var contextPath = '';</script>

can be invoked because is a client based solution nor


because I don't want redirect anything. Simply, pass the menu links to JIRA and let it decide when to redirect (due an user action).

I got at my email another suggestion from from Andy Brook (and not listed in answers !?):

JiraWebActionSupport, and so, can call: getRedirect("secure/yourapp/Thing!view.jspa");

but as the code is not within an action... I tried to create an object by:

JireWebActionSupport jwas = new JiraWebActionSupport();

but it did not work.

Based on a Florin's suggestion I tried to get the context from the servlet:


that would be perfect. Unfortunately, as it's not invoked from within an action, ActionContext.getRequest() returns null :(

Anyway it opens a new way: is it possible to get the HttpServletRequest from ANYWHERE (not only from an action)?

If it is from a web-item, you don't need to append context path. If not, where is your code? What kind of plugin module is it?

Jobin is right. Web-items do not require a context path. So if those aren't web-items, what are they? What is that menu builder you are using? When is it called and what does it do?

The action is called from a SimpleLinkFactory (implemented by a class) as described in the following link and in the Jobin's book:

The links are built from within that class. If the contextPath is not added (/jira/secure/MyAction.jspa) then the action is not found. When the context path is present, then it works.

This will get you the full base url.


Use ComponentManager is the older JIRA versions.

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