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Filter by custom fields

According to

  • Filtering: Board filtering now supports text, drop down list, and checkbox fields, and will surface cards that have fields that match filtered terms.


 I am unable to actually filter by any of this. If I enter the filtering menu, i cannot find or select any of the fields in order to filter.

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Hi Everyone, 


Found the solution and a small bug in implementation. When Trello says you can filter on custom fields, they are right. But the filter needs to be applied in a very specific place and not the default search bar of board. You need to go to Board Menu>Filter Cards and here is a search bar that will work on custom fields.


Don't know if this was intended or not, but it works for now.

In 2021, I cannot find a  “Filter Card” option in the board’s menu or within search. Under profile pic > Cards, there is no custom fields filter.

So there appears to be no way to filter specifically on whether a custom field checkbox is selected or not. As others have observed, this makes custom fields considerably less useful than they would otherwise be.

Hey Atlassian,

Are you going to respond to the inquiries on searching by custom field or continue to ignore this post?

Let alone the fact that you can not search things like check boxes, the text based search only works if your custom field is very specific. It breaks down almost every other time. Ex: I have a custom field "State" in which we populate the 2 character abbreviation for a state. How well do you think it works when I search across my cards for "OR". It returns cards that are associated to Oregon, sure, but it also returns any card with the text OR in a comment, or any other notes. 

There should be some way to limit the search to only custom fields. If my custom field is state, I should be able to do a search like: "State: OR" and expect it to only return cards that match that custom field. You could apply this to check boxes too. If you have a checkbox "Done", you should be able to search "Done: Yes".

Please make Custom Fields actually usable for something other than data dumps.  


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Wait, this still hasn't been addressed?  I think I'm looking for the same thing as everyone else on this forum.  I want to be able to filter by multiple custom fields, NOT search.  It is bananas that this either hasn't been resolved yet, or it's this difficult to figure out how to do it.  Especially since that Trello blog from two years ago says "Filtering: Board filtering now supports text, drop down list, and checkbox fields, and will surface cards that have fields that match filtered terms."


Yet another fundamental piece of functionality that is missing. You can't query your cards based on specific custom field values? ...ugh. Please hear the community.

The filter does simply not work for custom fields. So what is the usage when the filter does not apply to these fields?

Hi I also would like a better way to filter on custom fields.

Is this still not possible? I cannot seem to figure it out.


Any reply on other threads from Atlassian yet?

The custom field still can't filter , right?

Another question , I can search the custom field in my kanban board , is this the same issue?

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Torben Atlassian Team Apr 30, 2018

Hi Roy,

you can filter for any text on your boards in custom fields.

For example if you have a custom field mentioning "text". You can filter for text using the textfield displayed and the cards containing text in custom fields will be shown both on the web, desktop as well as in iOS via the filter feature on a board (magnifying glass icon).

if that does not work for you, please reach out with an example to so we can check it out.

I created a Done checkbox. How can I create a filter that hides items that are have Done checked? I read that I can also use due dates which have a checkbox but I don't want to add due dates to my cards.

It's Jan 2019 and based on your reply from April 2018, @Torben, it looks like I should be able to filter down a board based on the value of a custom text field or a custom drop-down list.  

I just tested it on this board looking to only see a filtered list of dog cards that are marked as "likes most dogs" in the "dog" custom field.  I entered the search terms "likes most dogs" (even tried in quotes to look for an exact string of words) but other cards also show up that don't have those exact words.


Hello Team,


I have the same question. how can we filter the data based on custom fields. I added custom fields to segregate the data after apply filter on them, but seems it is not doable.

Joining the party here :) custom fields aren't terribly useful if you can't search or filter them. I'm trying to use checkboxes to track cards that meet certain criteria, but it's not helpful if I can't then filter to show only cards that match.

@Torben your suggestion that you can search for any text doesn't work. Please see the other posts here. We need to be able to do a search that limits to ONLY a specific custom field. For example, search the for all cards that have the custom field titled State for the text "WA". Another example, search all cards with for the custom field checkbox titled "Done" with a value of true. 

It's simply NOT possible to filter via custom fields at the moment.


Please address this issue.

I'm able to filter, or Menu > "Search Cards", if I search for the values of the custom fields. But this only applies to:

  • Dropdown lists (search for the value of the dropdown you're looking for)
  • Check boxes (searching for the check box label will only show cards with it checked)
  • Text fields (again, only the value within the text field)

Unfortunately, the custom Date field is not searchable, at least from my initial attempts. For me, I have 2 custom date fields (reported, resolved), none of which will show when using the "due date" search.

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Any update on this request for filtering by Custom Fields?

Without the filter feature, the Custom Fields option is not very functional.

The only way I have found to be able to filter cards by custom fields is by using Power Query in Excel and using the Trello API to pull in the Trello information.

It works, but it's not accessible to everyone.

I am highlighting that if I can do it in the API, then it should be feasible to add it to the interface.

I have found that you can filter by custom field content by using {{%fieldname}}=filtertext

Hey Lewis,

Thanks for this, this is the first promising lead I have seen. It's a shame it had to come from the community and not Atlassian. 

Have you figured out how to account for spaces? For example, I have a custom field named "Sales Rep". The query {{%Sales Rep}}=Jane Doe does not work for me. 

I also have a custom field called state, and I am able to get that to work just fine. 

Did you find this documented somewhere? 

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