How do I check if a specific field's value has changed with Automation for JIRA?

Andreas Knecht Community Champion Sep 20, 2016

Lets assume I have a "Reviewers" custom field and I only want my automation rule to run, if the the issue was edited and this field was set to a user (i.e. not empty).  Can this be done with Automation for JIRA?

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Andreas Knecht Community Champion Sep 20, 2016

Yes this can be achieved with the compare condition (here's our full list of components for reference) and smart-values!  Luckily the {{changelog}} smart-value contains a list of all fields that were changed during an edit.

We can access our "Reviewers" custom field change value using:

{{#changelog.Reviewers}}{{toString}}{{/changelog.Reviewers}}

 

Putting this all together we can come up with this rule:

Project automation - Code Barrel JIRA 2016-09-21 10-45-42.png

So we have a rule that's triggered whenever an issue is edited.  However the rule will only run if the compare condition detects a a value in the changelog for the "Reviewers" field.  If any other fields are edited, the rule will simply not run any actions!

Andreas Knecht Community Champion Dec 01, 2016

There's now an even simpler way using the new "Field value changed" trigger: https://blog.codebarrel.io/automatically-update-issues-when-a-jira-issue-field-value-changes-d932f3ea6f0f

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