Link issues to the current issue

A post-function that will link the current issue to all issues that satisfy a parameterized JQL query.

To add 'Link issues to the current issue' post-function to a transition: 

  1. Click Edit for the workflow that has the transition you wish to add the post-function on.

  2. In the Workflow Designer, select the transition.

  3. Click on Post Functions in the properties panel.

  4. Click on Add post function.

  5. Select Link issues to the current issue from the list of post-functions.

  6. Click on Add to add the post-function on the transition.

  7. Add a JQL query in the JQL expression.

  8. Select the maximum number of issues in Max. Issues.

  9. Select the link type from the Issue Link Type drop-down.

  10. Click on Add to add the post-function to the transition.

JMWE shows an error message on the issue view if any error occurs during the execution of the post-function. This message is displayed only if the current user is a Jira administrator. 

When you add this post-function to a transition and trigger it, the add-on links the current issue to the specified number of issues that satisfy the specified parameterized JQL query.

JQL Expression: Input a JQL expression that returns the issues to link. You can insert issue, transition, currentUser and now variables in your JQL expression and test it using the JQL expression tester provided in this post-function.


  • project = TEST returns the issues of the project whose key is TEST

  • assignee is EMPTY returns all the unassigned issues.

  • project=TEST order by created desc returns the issues of the project whose key is TEST in descending order by Created time

Note: If the current issue satisfies the specified JQL query, an error is logged because you cannot link an issue with itself.

Note that to specify a condition on a user, you need to specify an accountId without the accountId: prefix. For example: assignee = 557058:472c64c9-2567-4213-839b-86bf21558300. You can access the prefix-less accountId of a user through the _accountId property.


project = {{ issue.fields.project.key }} and assignee = {{currentUser._accountId}}
{% if issue.fields.assignee %} assignee = {{issue.fields.assignee._accountId}} {% else %} issuekey=INVALID-1 {% endif %}

You can find more information about searching for Jira issues using JQL here: Advanced searching and Search Jira like a boss with JQL.

Max. Issues: Input the maximum number of issues that the JQL expression should return. The value cannot be more than 50.

Filter: Select this option to filter the issues returned by the JQL search. Input a Nunjucks template in the “Filter Expression” that returns true if the issue returned by the JQL search should be linked to the current issue. The filter script is evaluated for each issue returned by the JQL search, in turn, and that issue is available through the targetIssue variable. This is especially useful when you want to filter linked issues that cannot be filtered using the JQL. For example, filtering issues refining a text search with an exact match that cannot be done with JQL. For example to check for issues with summary ~ "MacBook Pro" the JQL returns all issues with “MacBook” and “Pro” in the summary (say, “MacBook for Pro users”). In such a case, you should be using the “Filter Expression” to filter issues that have “MacBook Pro” in the summary with a Nunjucks template as follows:

{{ issue.fields.summary.includes("MacBook Pro") }}

Issue Link Type: Select the link type to be created between the current issue and the issues returned from the JQL expression.

Run As

  • Run as current user: The current user will be the creator of the issue links.

  • Run as add-on user: The add-on user will be the creator of the issue links.

  • Run as this user: Any user selected in this field will be the creator of the issue links.

Conditional execution

To execute this post-function based on the result of a Nunjucks template see Conditional execution. The condition is evaluated only after the JQL query runs and not before. It will be evaluated against each issue returned by the JQL query allowing you to further filter the issues to link to the current issue. The issues returned by the JQL query will be available in your Nunjucks template  through the linkedIssue variable. 

Delayed execution

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Figure 1 - Link Issues to the Current Issue post-function