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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). In the following section, you'll learn how to run a search and use the search results.

Boards can display up to 5000 issues at a time. If your board is trying to display more than 5000 issues at once, you'll receive an error message, and be prompted to update your filters. For more information on editing your filters, see Configuring filters.


NOTE: Using Jira's new  agility board ? It's currently in beta development phase, which means you may not (yet) have access to the features described below. 

Search for issues in a project

If you're looking for issues and already know which project they're in, you can head directly to that project and use a set of handy, pre-configured filters to find what you're looking for.

  1. From your project's sidebar, select Issues and filters.
  2. Select a filter (Viewed recently or Reported by me, for example).

If you don't find what you're looking for in the project you're in, click Advanced search to search all of Jira.

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We're refreshing the Issues section of your projects. It has a new, cleaner look and includes the new Jira issue view to help you quickly find and update important issue details.

Note: Create issue and navigation with keyboard shortcuts aren't available in the new issue navigator just yet, but we hope to add them very soon. The in the sidebar is always there for when you need to create new issues.


Search all of Jira

1. Start a search

To get to the issue search page:

  1. Choose the Jira icon (, or ) > Issues and filters.
  2. Select Search issues

2. Define your search criteria

You can use either basic or advanced search modes to define your search criteria.

Basic search

Basic is the default mode for searching in Jira, and will work for most common searches. This mode provides user-friendly filters that let you define complex queries without needing to know JQL (Jira Query Language).

If you're already in advanced search mode, choose Basic towards the top-right of your screen.

Advanced search

This mode lets you specify advanced criteria that can't be defined in the other searches (for example, the ORDER BY clause) using JQL (Jira Query Language). Choose Advanced to the right of the search filters to access this mode.

See Advanced searching for more info on using JQL.

3. Change your view of the search results

Once you've run your search, you can change how the results are displayed by changing the view, sort order, and columns shown.

Choose list or detail view

Choose the view toggle ( or ) at the top-right of the search screen and select List view or Detail view. List view is where each issue is a row and its details are in columns (similar to a spreadsheet). In the detail view, issues are shown on the left and the selected issue's details appear on the right.

Change the sort order

In list view, click the column name to change sort order.

In detail view, Choose ˅to the right of Order by above the issues list and search for a field to set the order.

Show/hide columns in list view

Click Columns above the search results on the right, and pick the columns you'd like to show.

4. Edit issues in search results

The issue navigator lets you action individual issues or the entire set of issues returned by your search.

Individual issues

  • View the issue: Click the issue key or name.
  • Action individual issues: Hover over an issue row, click more (•••) for that issue, then select an option.

All issues in the search results

  • Export the search results to different formats, like Excel and XML: Select Export () and choose the desired format.
  • Share the search results: Click share (), then enter the recipient's details.
  • Create an RSS feed: Select Export ( > RSS or RSS (with comments).
  • Bulk modify issues in search results: Click more (•••) above the search results, then select Bulk changeall <n> issue(s).
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For a more detailed explanation of what you can do with issues in search results, see Working with search results.

5. Save your search

If you often run the same search, you can save it as a filter to save you from having to manually redefine the search criteria every time.

  1. Click Save as at the top of the search results page
  2. Enter a name for the filter and choose Submit

Your new filter appears in the left panel with your other starred filters and predefined filters like My open issuesReported by meViewed recently, and All issues.

Last modified on Jul 18, 2018

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