Searching for issues
Can't find the issue that you are looking for? This page will show you how to search for issues in JIRA. Any user can search for issues, although they will only see issue results from projects where they can view issues (i.e. 'Browse Project' permission).
You'll find a step-by-step guide below that will show you how to run a search and use the search results. If you want more details on anything described on this page, see the related topics at the bottom of the page.
On this page:
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.
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.
To use the quick search: Enter your search criteria in the search box in the header and press Enter.
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 (advanced searching).
To use the basic search: Navigate to Issues (in header) > Search for issues, then enter your search criteria.
The advanced search is the most powerful of the three search methods. You can specify criteria that cannot be defined in the other searches (e.g.
To use the advanced search: Navigate to Issues (in header) > Search for issues, then enter your search criteria.
2. Change your view of the search results
You have crafted the perfect search criteria and run the search. Your search results will be displayed in the issue navigator. The issue navigator allows you to change how the search results are displayed. For example, you may want to bring high priority issues to the top or hide certain fields.
- Change the sort order: Click the column name.
- Show/hide columns: Click Columns and choose the desired columns.
3. Working with the search results
You've got the search results displaying the way that you want. Now you can work with the actual issues in the search results. The issue navigator lets you action individual issues, as well as the entire set of issues returned by your search.
- View the issue: Click the issue key or name.
- Action individual issues: Click the cog icon next to the issue row and select an option.
All issues in the search results:
- Export the search results to different formats, like Excel and XML: Click Export and select the desired format.
- Share the search results: Click Share, then enter the recipient's details.
- Create an RSS feed: Click Export > RSS (Issues) or RSS (Comments).
- Bulk modify issues in search results: Click Tools and select all <n> issue(s) under Bulk Change.
4. Save your search
If you frequently run the same search, you can save the search criteria as a filter. This saves you from having to manually redefine the search criteria every time. JIRA applications also include a number of predefined system filters for common queries, such as 'My Open Issues', 'Reported by Me', 'Recently Viewed', and 'All Issues'.
To save your search as a filter: On the search results page, click Save as and enter a name for the filter. Your new filter will be shown in the left panel with your other favorite filters, filters shared with you, and the system filters. To run a filter, just click it.
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