Processing issues from a JQL search

Written on November 10, 2019

Let’s look at how you can do something with issues that are a result of a JQL search.

These instructions have been tested in JIRA 7.13.9.

The code in this example is a slightly modified version of an answer given by Henning Tietgens in Atlassian Community forum.

The idea is to use method to get the list of Issue objects.

import org.apache.log4j.Level
import org.apache.log4j.Logger

import com.atlassian.jira.user.ApplicationUser
import com.atlassian.jira.component.ComponentAccessor
import com.atlassian.jira.issue.Issue
import com.atlassian.jira.issue.IssueManager
import com.atlassian.jira.web.bean.PagerFilter

// set up logging
def log = Logger.getLogger("com.example.jira.script.ProcessJQL");

// define JQL query
String jqlSearch = "project = PROJ AND issueType = Task";

// required objects
SearchService searchService = ComponentAccessor.getComponent(SearchService.class);
ApplicationUser user = ComponentAccessor.getJiraAuthenticationContext().getLoggedInUser();
IssueManager issueManager = ComponentAccessor.getIssueManager();

// validate the query
SearchService.ParseResult parseResult = searchService.parseQuery(user, jqlSearch);
if (parseResult.isValid()) {
  // do the search
  SearchResults searchResult =, parseResult.getQuery(), PagerFilter.getUnlimitedFilter());
  for (Issue issue : searchResult.getIssues()) {"Found issue: " + issue.getKey());
} else {
  log.error("Invalid JQL: " + jqlSearch);

In the code above we’re just logging the issue keys. If you need to update the issues, use the issueManager.getIssueObject() method to get a MutableIssue implementation and then the issueManager.updateIssue() to save the issue to the database:

import com.atlassian.jira.event.type.EventDispatchOption
import com.atlassian.jira.issue.MutableIssue

// ...
for (Issue issue : searchResult.getIssues()) {"Found issue: " + issue.getKey());
  // to update issue convert it to MutableIssue
  MutableIssue mutableIssue = issueManager.getIssueObject(issue.getId());
  mutableIssue.setSummary(issue.getSummary() + " UPDATED");
  issueManager.updateIssue(user, mutableIssue, EventDispatchOption.ISSUE_UPDATED, false); // false = do not send e-mail notifications
// ...