JQL Queries search for issues that do not contain text

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It is not possible to search for issues that don't contain text "ABC" using JQL queries like text !~ "ABC" or text not in "ABC". 




  • Perform the following JQL search to find all the issues containing the text first.

    text ~ 'ABC'
  • Save this search as a filter. Let's say the filter name is FILTER.
  • Navigate away from the filter page and go back to the issue search page. Type the following filter.

    filter != FILTER

Once you filter out the issues that do contain the text, you can use the "!=" with the filter to find out all the issues that don't contain the text. 

Last modified on Jul 22, 2020

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