Bulk Change Watchers

When editing multiple issues via a Bulk Change, the Watchers field is not in the list of editable fields. Is there a way to enable the Watchers field for the Bulk Change operation?

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Ivan Tse Atlassian Team Mar 25, 2013

You should be able to bulk change watchers with the following plugin.


It adds a custom field type of watchers which you can then create a custom field and add to screens.

Hi Ivan,

You cannot achieve this on JIRA OnDemand, I guess. As this plugin is not available for JIRA OnDemand.

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I have had success bulk changing watchers with the following JQL watcher = currentUser() ORDER BY assignee

But has to be done by each user when they log in as it will has it suggests checks the logged in user... Which is still a pain!

Also tried this watchers >=1 and project = "Call Log Support" or watchers >= 1 AND project is not EMPTY and I was able to see other users as watchers

I'm sure you know already but if the issue is closed you will not be able to remove a watcher, unless you reopen the issue. Also will need rights to be able to manage watchers across each project.


You can do this for yourself pretty easily OOTB, just create a filter that loads all tickets you want to unwatch, click on Tools > Bulk Change and select Stop Watching.

Unfortunately, this only works if you have the permissions to do bulk change (which I know a lot of people tend to remove for safety reasons).

Can you ONLY change the watcher status for yourself or can you affect the whole watcher list with this method?


Cannot bulk change watchers across the instance using this plugin only on a issue by issue basis by the looks of it..

We currently use autowatch functionality in our JIRA environment. Unfortunately, with our work, it can make for a ton of 'watched' issues, that we probably don't necessarily need/want and all of the notifications that come with them. This leads us to have to go out and manually 'stop watching' a lot of issues, which is time consuming and annoying. It would be nice if we could remove ourselves as watchers in bulk (at least until I can convince our admins to turn off autowatch!)

Hi all,

I'm using Jira 4.4.4 and I've added 'jira-watcher-field-2.4.1' plugin. How can I add this field to issue bulk editing screen?


Ivan Tse Atlassian Team Mar 02, 2014

Salva, You need to add a new custom field type of "Watcher" then you can perform bulk changes on that specific field.

hi Ivan

I've installed this plugin but I dont know how to asdd this filed to be able see this in bulk edition screen. could you provide me some tops? wpuld be great :)

Thanks Ivan!

Hi all, 

We are using JIRA agile with an on-site implementation and do not have control over the wider organisations rules and plug-ins. 

During a sprint, we assign tickets to a team lead to confirm estimation before starting the sprint. After the tickets have been assigned to team members to begin work, the team lead is still a watcher for all tickets and receives an excessive amount of notifications. 

It would be great to at least be able to filter or arrange by watcher to make bulk changes. 


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