Bulk Update the Value of a System Field on Jira Issues


Use this script in the Script Console to update the value of a system field for all issues returned by a JQL query.


As a project manager, I want to modify the description of a set of similar issues in a project. With this script, I can easily bulk change all of these issue descriptions automatically, saving me time and reducing the risk of human error.


  • Jira Jira (8.0 - 8.14)
  • ScriptRunner for Jira ScriptRunner for Jira (6.18.0)
import com.atlassian.jira.component.ComponentAccessor import com.atlassian.jira.issue.search.SearchProvider import com.atlassian.jira.jql.parser.JqlQueryParser import com.atlassian.jira.web.bean.PagerFilter import com.atlassian.jira.issue.search.SearchQuery // The issues returned from that JQL will get altered final searchQuery = "project = TEST" // Get some components def jqlQueryParser = ComponentAccessor.getComponent(JqlQueryParser) def searchProvider = ComponentAccessor.getComponent(SearchProvider) def loggedInUser = ComponentAccessor.jiraAuthenticationContext.loggedInUser def issueService = ComponentAccessor.issueService // Perform the search def query = jqlQueryParser.parseQuery(searchQuery) def searchResults = searchProvider.search(SearchQuery.create(query, loggedInUser), PagerFilter.unlimitedFilter) // Iterate all the results to update each issue searchResults.results.each { documentIssue -> // Define the new params (a new description) def issueInputParameters = issueService.newIssueInputParameters() issueInputParameters.setDescription("A new description") // Update the issue def issueId = documentIssue.document.fields.find { it.name() == "issue_id" }.stringValue().toLong() def updateValidationResult = issueService.validateUpdate(loggedInUser, issueId, issueInputParameters) assert updateValidationResult.valid : updateValidationResult.errorCollection // Validate the update def issueResult = issueService.update(loggedInUser, updateValidationResult) assert issueResult.valid : issueResult.errorCollection }
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