Search for issues in a project

When you search for issues in a project, you can use the text search and field filters to quickly find an issue or a set of issues in your project. You can also use preset filters, like my open issues, or use preset and field filters together for a more specific search.

Preset filters, like All issues, My open issues, and Done issues, are currently only available in company-managed projects.

To find issues in your project:

  1. From your project’s sidebar, select Issues.

  2. Select a pre-set filter in the sidebar, set the field filters, or both.

  3. Order and sort the issues using the options at the top of the list of issues.

  4. Select an issue to view or edit it.

  5. Select Reset to clear your search criteria.

Select More+ to refine your search criteria in a project. We don’t support filtering for all fields when you’re searching for issues in a project just yet, but we’re working on it. Select Go to Advanced search for more filtering options.

When you search for issues in a project, the list of issues defaults to showing all issues ordered from newest to oldest (by created date).

 

In a project, you could search for all issues that:

  • are bugs

  • are assigned to Jane

  • were reported by Fred

  • are in the in progress status

  • have “pizza” in a text field

To broaden your search to more projects, select the Project dropdown and pick your projects. Alternatively, you can also select Go to advanced search.

Use the keyboard shortcuts, J (next issue) and K (previous issue), to navigate quickly between issues. Press ? on your keyboard from anywhere in Jira to learn more time-saving keyboard shortcuts.

The project issue navigator in a company-managed project with pre-set filters, advanced search and field filters.
  1. Preset filters

  2. Issues list

  3. Issue field filters

  4. Link to advanced search

  5. List view or Detail view toggle

  6. Basic or JQL toggle

If you're searching against a field, you can select Show full list to view the list of available options against your search criteria. If your list is too long, you can start typing to get to your option faster.

Search for issues using JQL in a project

You can build structured queries using the Jira Query Language (JQL) to search for issues in a project. You can specify criteria that you can't define in the quick or basic searches (the ORDER BY clause, for example). 

JQL is not a database query language, even though it uses SQL-like syntax. Learn more about advanced JQL search.

To search for issues using JQL:

  1. From your project’s sidebar, select Issues.

  2. If you're in the Basic search mode, select JQL.

  3. Enter your JQL query.

  4. Press Enter or click to run your query. Your search results will be displayed in the issue navigator.

As you type your query, Jira will offer a list of "autocomplete" suggestions based on the context of your query. The autocomplete suggestions only include the first 15 matches, displayed alphabetically, so you may need to enter more text if you can't find a match. Jira will also let you know if there’s an error in your query.

Using JQL, you could search for all issues in your project “Assassin’s guild” that:

  • have “weaponry” in a text field, and

  • are ordered by when they were created in ascending or descending order

Search for issues using JQL
  1. Basic or JQL toggle

  2. JQL editor

  3. Expand/Collapse editor

  4. Syntax help

  5. Search button

  6. Line numbers when your JQL query is longer than a line

  7. Autocomplete suggestions based on context

 

Save your search as a filter

You can save your frequently used search criteria as filters. For example, if you often search for issues that are unassigned, then you can save a filter for this search, so that you don’t have to set the search criteria every time you want to run it. You can select the filter instead to see all issues that are unassigned.

To save a search criteria as a filter:

  1. From your project’s sidebar, select Issues.

  2. Use the text search field or select More + to define your search criteria.

  3. Select Save filter, and give your filter a name and description.

If you want to share the search criteria of a filter with your teammates, select Share. Learn how to share your search criteria.

 

Share your search criteria

You can share your search criteria with your teammates. For example, you can track all the issues that are in progress, and share this criteria so that your teammates can track them as well.

To share your search criteria in a project:

  1. From your project’s sidebar, select Issues.

  2. Use the text search field or select More + to define your search criteria.

  3. Select Share.

  4. Enter the username, team name or email address, and select Send. Alternatively, you can select Copy link to share with your team.

Want to come back to issues that are assigned to you later? You can also save the search criteria with the browser bookmark to visit your issues later on. Learn how to bookmark issue search results.

We don’t support filtering for all fields in your project just yet, but we’re working on it. If your query is too complex, select Go to Advanced search for more filtering options.

 

Bookmark issue search results

You can bookmark and share your refined issue searches with your teammates. For example, you can track all the issues that are in progress and come back to them later when you bookmark them. You can also share this URL with your team so that they can track them as well.

Your teammates need to have access to the issues and projects in the search results so they can view them when you share the URL.

To bookmark or share your issue search in your project:

  1. From your project’s sidebar, select Issues.

  2. Use the text search field or select More + to refine your search criteria.

  3. Save the query with a browser bookmark, or share the URL with your team.

We don’t support filtering for all fields in your project just yet, but we’re working on it. If your query is too complex, select Go to Advanced search for more filtering options.

 

Change the view of your search results

Once you've run your search for issues in a project, you can change how the results are displayed by changing the view to list view or detail view. In the detail view, issues are shown on the left and the selected issue's details appear on the right. This view is the best if you want to quickly edit an individual issue as you go (via inline edit for certain fields). Whereas, in the list view, each issue is displayed in a row and a few details in columns (similar to a spreadsheet). This makes skimming through the issues easy.

To change the view of your search results:

  1. From your project’s sidebar, select Issues.

  2. Select Detail view or List view.

After you’ve run your search criteria, and you’re happy with your search results, you can change the way you want to print your issues. Select Export issues > Print details to print your search results.

 

 

Update issues in search results

You don’t have to open each and every issue from your search results to update them. After running your search criteria, you can perform key operations on your search results in the list view.

Edit an issue’s status directly from list view.

To update issues in search results:

  1. From your project’s sidebar, select Issues.

  2. If you’re not on the list view, select List view.

  3. Hover over an issue row, and select more () for that issue.

  4. Select the option you want to action on that issue.

 

 

You can quickly search for and print your issues in Jira to populate physical task boards and set visual reminders for tasks to be completed, boosting overall team’s performance and efficiency in tracking work. You can opt to choose your search results as a PDF or on your drive as well.

To print your search results:

  1. Select Export issues at the top-right.

  2. Select Print details.

We don’t support printing your search results in the form of a list yet, but we’re working on it. If you still want to print your search results as a list, then select Go to advanced search, select your project’s name, and select Export > Print list.

Last modified on Oct 21, 2021
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