Unable to create issues due to unsupported content in Jira

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When trying to create an issue in Jira, it fails with the message:

We can't create this issue for you right now, it could be due to unsupported content you've entered into one or more of the issue fields.

The issue may or may not be actually created, despite the error.


All versions of Jira Core 7.x and 8.x.


The "unsupported content" message is the strongest lead in this issue. You may also check the logs to help in narrowing down where the failure is.

The following command should list the classes that threw the error during issue creation. It may help narrowing down what plugins we should look for on the Solution section.

cat application-logs/atlassian-jira.log | grep "Error creating issue" -A30 | grep "at " | egrep -v "at com.atlassian|at com.sun|at javax.|at java."

The issue may or may not be created after the error. It depends if the error occurred in a workflow validation (before creation) or post-function (after creation).


This error is usually caused due to a workflow configuration — mainly Validations and Post-functions in the Create Transition.

It's also usually a validation or post-function provided by a 3rd party app that makes use of fields that may not be present in the issue. The log capture may help identify which app's failing.


The solution consists of reviewing the workflow.

  1. Edit the issue's workflow
  2. Open the Create transition
  3. Check if the are custom validators on the transition (aside from the "create issue permission" validator). Edit or remove them if necessary.
  4. Check if there are custom post-functions on the transition. Edit or remove them if necessary.

It's common that validations and post-functions make usage of fields that may not exist in the issue. You may edit the workflow or adjust the issue create screen (and project's field configuration) so the fields are present.

Last modified on May 26, 2021

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