Searching for Issues

JIRA provides a powerful issue search facility. You can search for issues across projects, versions and components using a range of search criteria. JIRA also makes custom fields available as search criteria, allowing you to refine your searches even further.

The search can be saved as a filter in JIRA, allowing you to recall the same search and run it again or even share it with other users.

With JIRA searches, you can:

  • Modify and reuse search results
  • Sort and action individual issues
  • Share and export issues
  • Display issues on your dashboard

Step 1. Define your search criteria

The first step in searching for issues is to define the criteria for your new search. You can define your search criteria in three different ways: using the quick search, using the basic search or using the advanced search.

If you have saved a search previously (i.e. as a filter) and want to run it again, you can run the filter to load the saved search criteria.

Search method Description
Quick search

The quick search is the fastest way to define search criteria. However, it is less precise than other search methods for complex queries (e.g. project = JIRA AND status = Open AND priority = High). The quick search is in the navigation bar.

For instructions, see Using Quick Search.

Basic search

The basic search is more precise than the quick search, but easier to use than the advanced search. It provides a user-friendly interface that lets you define complex queries, without needing to know how to use JQL

For instructions, see Basic Searching.

Advanced search

The advanced search is the most powerful of the three search methods. You can specify criteria that cannot be defined in the other searchs (e.g. ORDER BY clause). However, you need to know how to construct structured queries using the JIRA Query Language (JQL) to use this feature.

For instructions, see Advanced Searching.

About filters

A JIRA filter is a saved set of search criteria, similar to a bookmark. Some filters are predefined in JIRA – such as My Open Issues, Reported by Me, Recently Viewed, All Issues – these are known as system filters. A filter may also be a set of search criteria defined and saved by a user.

To use a filter, simply click it. Your favorite filters are shown in the panel on the left. You can view all of your filters as well as find filters shared with you here.

When you run a filter, the saved search criteria is loaded for you in the displayed issue view. The criteria is displayed in either the basic search or advanced search, depending the search you are using at the time.

For more information about filters, see Using Filters.

Step 2. Modify the search results

Once you have defined and run your search, you can optionally modify the search results. JIRA lets you change the sort order of the search results, as well as action each of the individual issues.

For instructions, see Using the Issue Navigator.

Screenshot: Example search results in the issue navigator

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Step 3. Save your search

To run your search again in future, save your search as a filter. Simply click Save as and enter a name for the filter. The filter is created and added to your favorite filters.

For more information, see Using Filters.

Step 4. Working with search result data

You can export or share the search results in a number of different formats. Search results can be shared via email or RSS. You can export the search results to a number of formats (e.g. Microsoft Excel). You can also display the search results on your dashboard as a list or a chart.

For more information, see Working with Search Result Data.

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11 Archived comments

  1. User avatar


    My simple search screen for searching issues does not show the "Component/Versions" Section - how can this be changed? (I am on Jira 4.4)

    Thanks for any help!

    07 Oct 2011
    1. User avatar


      I would also like to know this information. 

      26 Oct 2011
  2. User avatar


    I search for this section as well. Before the upgrade to 4.4 it was still there - my old filters seem to work but I can't edit their versions/components nor defining new ones

    27 Jan 2012
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    Martin Gonzalez Adolfi

    Hi, you say that "... 'simple search' interface also allows you to search against the work logged on issues ..."

    I try to seach text in the "Work Description" of a work log but I can't find out how to do that.

    Is there any way???



    19 Jun 2012
    1. User avatar


      Did you ever find an answer? I am trying to find any tasks that were worked on by anyone in the month of January, and cannot find how to do it in either the simple view, or JQL

      01 Nov 2012
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    Mahtab Beheshti

    Is there any way you can edit the issues in bulk from the Issue Search Result screen?  Say I wanted to label a bunch of them the same label.  Can I "Group Edit" like in Quickbase?


    04 Dec 2012
  5. User avatar


    Where did the Advanced Search link/documentation go to? The link on this page is not working.

    15 Dec 2012
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      Andrew Lui [Atlassian Technical Writer]


      There is a link to the Advanced Search document in the table under the 'Step 1. Define your search criteria' section, in the page above.

      Kind Regards,

      17 Dec 2012
  6. User avatar



    Is there a place to set up the Issue Navigator displaying nothing for the first time access the search interface? Because the first time I access Issue interface, the Issue Navigator display all the issues I have permission to view, but I needn't the results,and it effect the system performance.


    04 Feb 2013
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    Bohao Cao


    I am curious to know if I can hide a particular field from searchable in the grid for a user group? We want to control sensitive field such that only people like PM or managers can view/search it. Hide the field is doable, but in the search box any can still search it by specify the field name. Any solution to workaround?

    15 Jul 2013
  8. User avatar

    Uliana Mogylova


    Could you please help me to implement the following search in JIRA? On our project we use automatically hyperlinked to user's profile using @ and typing name in comments. I need to find all JIRA tickets which in comment have for example me, i.e. currentuser()  or any other name, e.g. Ivan_Ivanov.

    Thank you very much in advance.

    24 Mar 2015
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