Automation For Jira - Writing a rule that automatically closes issues that have been in the same status for X days

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This article explains how to configure an automation rule that will automatically close (or transition) issues that have been in the same status for at least X days.

One use case for which this rule can be useful is the case where you have a Service Management project where tickets have been waiting on the customer side for many days. For this type of ticket, you might want to either automatically transition the ticket to a "First reminder" status or close the ticket (depending on your workflow).


Automation Rule configuration

The rule can be configured as described below, but please feel free to adjust it (especially JQL query) so that it can fit your requirements:

  • Add a Scheduled trigger with the settings below:

    • Frequency: once per day

    • When rule executes: "

      run a JQL search and pass results to subsequent conditions and actions"

  • JQL query: The JQL query below will search for issues from the project SDBASIC that have been in the status "Waiting for customer" for at least 5 days (you might need to change the project name, status, and number of days)

1 project = SDBASIC AND status = "Waiting for customer" AND NOT status CHANGED AFTER -5d
  • Add the Transition Issue action

    • For this action, you can choose the transition or destination status of your choice (for example, Closed status, Resolved status, "First reminder" status...).

Automation Rule screenshot

The described above will look like this:

Screenshot of the rule

Updated on June 7, 2024

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