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Using Quick Search

Sometimes you just want to be able to get to the particular issue that you are interested in. Other times you can't remember what the issue was, but you remember that it was an open issue, assigned to you. Quick search can help you.

On this page:

Jump to an issue

The Quick Search box is located at the top right of your screen. If you type in the key of an issue, you will jump straight to that issue. For example, if you type in 'ABC-107' (or 'abc-107'), and press the Enter you will be redirected to the JIRA issue 'ABC-107'.

In many cases, you do not even need to type in the full key, but just the numerical part. If you are currently working on the 'ABC' project, and you type in '123', you will be redirected to 'ABC-123'.

Smart querying

Quick search also enables you to perform 'smart' searches with minimal typing. For example, to find all the open bugs in the 'TEST' project, you could simply type 'test open bugs' and quick search would locate them all for you.

Your search results will be displayed in the Issue Navigator, where you can view them in a variety of useful formats (Excel, XML, etc).

The search terms that quick search recognises are:

Search Term




Find issues assigned to me.

my open bugs


Find issues reported by you, another user or with no reporter, using the prefix r: followed by a specific reporter term such as me, a username or none.

Note that there can be no spaces between "r:" and the specific reporter term.

r:me — finds issues reported by you.
r:samuel — finds issues reported by the user whose username is "samuel".
r:none — finds issues with no reporter.

<project name>
<project key>

Find issues in a particular project,

test project


Find issues that were due before today.



Find issues with a particular Created, Updated, or Due Date using the prefixes created:, updated:, or due:, respectively. For the date range, you can use today, tomorrow, yesterday, a single date range (e.g. '-1w'), or two date ranges (e.g. '-1w,1w'). Note that date ranges cannot have spaces in them. Valid date/time abbreviations are: 'w' (week), 'd' (day), 'h' (hour), 'm' (minute).

updated:-1w — finds issues updated in the last week.
due:1w — finds issues due in the next week.
due:-1d,1w — finds issues due from yesterday to next week.
created:-1w,-30m — finds issues created from one week ago, to 30 minutes ago.
created:-1d updated:-4h — finds issues created in the last day, updated in the last 4 hours.


Find issues with a particular Priority.


<issue type>

Find issues with a particular Issue Type. Note that you can also use plurals.


<resolution> Find issues with a particular Resolution.

cannot reproduce


Find issues with a particular Component(s). You can search across multiple components.

Note that there can be no spaces between "c:" and the component name.

c:security — finds issues with a component whose name contains the word "security".


Find issues with a particular Affects Version(s). To find all issues belonging to a 'major' version, use the wildcard symbol '*'.

Note that there can be no spaces between "v:" and the version name.

v:3.0 — finds issues that match the following versions (for example):

  • 3.0
  • 3.0 eap
  • 3.0 beta

    ...but will not match against the following versions (for example):
  • 3.0.1

    That is, it will match against any version that contains the string you specify followed immediately by a space, but not against versions that do not contain a space immediately after the string you specify.


Find issues with a particular Fix For Version(s). Same usage as v: (above).


Wildcard symbol '*'. Can be used with v: and ff:.

v:3.2* — finds any issue whose version number is (for example):

  • 3.2
  • 3.2-beta
  • 3.2.1
  • 3.2.x

In Mozilla-based browsers, try creating a bookmark with URL http://<your-JIRA-site>/secure/QuickSearch.jspa?searchString=%s (substituting <your-JIRA-site> with your JIRA site's URL) and keyword (such as 'j'). Now, typing 'j my open bugs' in the browser URL bar will search your JIRA site for your open bugs. Or simply type your search term in the Quick Search box, then right-click on the Quick Search box (with your search term shown) and select "Add a Keyword for this search...".

Free-text searching

You can search for any word within the issue(s) you are looking for, provided the word is in one of the following fields:

  • Summary
  • Description
  • Comments

Note that you can combine free-text and keywords together. For example, 'my closed tst tasks', 'open test bugs pear', 'closed test bugs ' are all valid search queries.

Searching JIRA issues from your browser's search box

If you are using Firefox or Internet Explorer 8, you can add your JIRA site as a search engine/provider via the dropdown menu next to the browser's search box. Once you add your JIRA site as a search engine/provider in your browser, you can use it at any time to conduct a Quick Search for issues in that JIRA site.


JIRA supports this browser search feature as part of the autodiscovery part of the OpenSearch standard, by supplying an OpenSearch description document. This is an XML file that describes the web interface provided by JIRA's search function. Any client applications that support OpenSearch will be able to add JIRA to their list of search engines.

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24 Archived comments

  1. User avatar


    how to search N number of issues reported by different reported in a single search?

    30 Mar 2012
  2. User avatar

    Burke Mamlin

    Is it possible to search by label?

    29 Apr 2012
    1. User avatar

      Marcel "childno͡.de" Trautwein

      seems not to be supported ;(


      20 Jul 2012
  3. User avatar

    Jan Prokeš

    Hi there,

    is there any way (even plugin development), how to translate smart query keywords like "my, due" etc.?


    Thanks for reply

    31 May 2012
  4. User avatar

    Marcel "childno͡.de" Trautwein

    any way (or already a feature request) regarding: How can I negate my search.

    will fail

    also excluding states is not possible:

    should do something like

    20 Jul 2012
  5. User avatar


    Using c: with multiple components is unclear:

    Where c:A finds the component,

    c:A c:B

    does not work, neither does


    (given components which are named 'A the first component' and 'B the second component')

    How to search for A or B?

    31 Jul 2012
    1. User avatar

      Marcel "childno͡.de" Trautwein

      Just: No, the quick search is often very primitive and as you can see above, logical conditions are not possible. Perhaps there is an issue for that (see http://jira.atlassian.com) or already another plugin discussed on http://answers.atlassian.com

      04 Aug 2012
  6. User avatar

    Rich Ellis

    We have JIRA v4.4.4#664-r167664 and I'm using Firefox 14.0.1 – I don't get the "Add JIRA site" as a search engine provider in the search box dropdown menu. Does this feature no longer work?

    I had gotten very used to this feature on Chrome (seems as Chrome just automatically added the JIRA search engine, I discovered it by accident!), but I'm trying to switch to FF because Chrome doesn't work with Confluence's "Edit in Word" feature (no WebDAV).

    07 Aug 2012
    1. User avatar


      I ran into the same problem today when setting up a new software installation using JIRA v4.4.1#660-r161644 and Firefox 14.0.1. Confluence shows up automatically as a possible search engine, but JIRA does not.


      As quick fix you can add it to Firefox manually. For that you need to add an xml (probably named after your JIRA site) file of JIRA search provider to either (applies to your user) your own Firefox profile folder "...your_profile\searchplugins\" or (applies to all users) to global installation folder "...firefox\searchplugins\". You should be able to use exatcly the same xml file from somewhere inside your chrome installation. I had one from my prevous Firefox installation. In case you don't find it, there are guides on how to create a new xml manually (for example: http://www.singhvishwajeet.com/2009/03/09/how-to-add-jira-quick-search-to-firefox-search-provider/).


      10 Aug 2012
  7. User avatar

    Damian Wheeler

    A colleague and I had mixed results. It worked for me just fine and didn't for him. We then found that the difference was that he was trying to add the search engine while viewing the JIRA dashboard page while I was browsing an issue at the time. I asked him to try again from an issue page and it then worked.

    edit: JIRA 4.4.4 and Firefox 14.0.1

    20 Aug 2012
  8. User avatar


    I can't search for a specific assignee in QuickSearch, can I?


    21 Aug 2012
    1. User avatar

      Marcel "childno͡.de" Trautwein

      unfortunately not:

      JRA-26255 - Add Assignee to Quick Search Closed

      Great suggestion - unfortunately we don't have plans to make improvements to quick search. Our current efforts and focus are on improving the Simple and Advanced Search UI.


      JIRA Product Management

      (thumbs down)

      21 Aug 2012
  9. User avatar


    We used to be able to search for numbers that appear in a ticket's description using quick search. But recently this stopped working. This is a known bug?

    18 Oct 2012
    1. User avatar

      Andrew Lui [Atlassian Technical Writer]


      I'm not aware of any known bugs with the Quick Search. Can I ask you raise a support request at https://support.atlassian.com? If you don't have an account on https://support.atlassian.com, you can sign up for one for free.

      Kind Regards,

      19 Oct 2012
  10. User avatar

    Marcel Kleinlütke

    Is it possible to search for tickets that had an updated due date within a specific period of time?

    23 Jan 2013
  11. User avatar

    David Westgate

    Is it possible to kill the smart search feature?

    06 Mar 2013
  12. User avatar

    Falk Tischer

    I think this page needs an update. As I learned from  JRA-7686 - Allow text custom fields to be searched from quick search / text search. Closed  it's possible to search in every custom text field using quick search since JIRA 5.2.

    27 May 2013
  13. User avatar


    How can I create a filter (in agil boards) which shows me my open issues (which are assigned to me) plus all issues in a project which are observed by me??


    Thanks for your help.

    With best regards


    21 Aug 2013
  14. User avatar


    We recently did a massive import of very old Bugzilla issues.  Users who are used to working only in Bugzilla are frustrated that they can't simply type in the old Bugzilla issue number into quick search to find issues.  We've stored these numbers at the External Issue ID.  Is there a way we can tie searching in the quick search box to that field?  At the moment, it will work if the issue happens to be in the active project, but it fails angrily otherwise.  Would it be possible to have something like "e:<external issue ID>" effectively do the same thing as "External issue ID" ~ "<external issue ID" in advanced search?

    23 Jan 2014
  15. User avatar

    Christoph Leitner

    Is it possible to quickly search for all issue types except bugs? 

    "searchterm task" works, but only shows tasks and no new features or improvements
    "searchterm bugs" works, but does the opposite of what i want
    "searchterm new feature" does not work

    Something like "searchterm !bugs" would be great, but does not work - is there a way to do this? I know i alway can use advanced search...

    06 Feb 2014
  16. User avatar

    Bert Eijkenduijn

    How can i commit the search value, there is no button?

    When i use the mouse and past a value, how can i preform the search?

    (Ok press enter, but without the keyboard. Wwhy isn't there a button or something)

    18 Dec 2014
    1. User avatar

      Marcel "childno͡.de" Trautwein

      nevertheless I really don't get it how you enter a JQL (that's what I understand from your saying) with mouse only

      have a look right next to the input box, the search icon (magnifier icon)

      If you're using basic mode or nontheless at each action that changes the search term, the result is beeing updated automatically (in most cases) as of JIRA 6 I think.

      18 Dec 2014
      1. User avatar

        Bert Eijkenduijn

        On the top left, there is a search box (search it says).

        If i past a value there (ctrl-V or the right click mouse) the value is pasted there but the search is NOT committed..

        Only when i hit ENTER it gets committed and the search preforms and i get the results.

        But i don't know how to do this without the keyboard.

        22 Dec 2014
  17. User avatar

    Srinivas Patruni

    Can we customize quick search to allow searching for some specific custom fields?

    19 Jan 2015
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