Find Jira configuration elements

Find Jira elements and their usage information

Power Admin for Jira provides robust features to search, locate and execute actions on Jira configuration elements while understanding their usage, dependencies, and impact.

With Power Admin, you can search for configuration elements in your Jira instance by their type, name, and ID. You can easily find configuration elements and view their dependent configuration elements, projects, and issues they are used in. For custom fields, you can also see information about the issues where a specific custom field is used.

Additionally, you can search for the following configuration types in your project configurations: custom fields, workflows, screens, issue types, issue type schemes, screen schemes, issue security schemes, issue type screen schemes, notification schemes, permission schemes, workflow schemes, apps, priorities, priority schemes, statuses, resolutions, projects, service projects, filters, and groups.

Power Admin for Jira allows you to perform the actions Configure, Edit, Rename, Delete, Copy, Export, and Merge custom fields on the detected configuration elements and their dependent objects.

To search for configuration elements:

  1. Log in as a user with the Jira System Administrators global permission.

  2. Navigate to the top right of the screen and choose Jira Settings Configuration Manager.

  3. In the menu on the left, click Power Admin.

  4. On Power Admin’s Search page, choose a configuration element type from the drop-down.

  5. Enter a configuration element name or ID.

  6. Click on the Search icon.

Search results

After you trigger the search action, you see a results page listing the configuration elements with their names, IDs, and projects where this element is used as part of the project configuration. The result can be a single or more than one configuration element, in case you enter a partial name.


To further refine your search results, to find configuration elements in complex use cases, or to identify problems in your Jira configuration, you can use the following advanced filters available in Power Admin:

  • Projects - the most common filter, visible in all searches; filter the configuration elements by the projects in which they are used

  • Type - filter custom fields by configuration type

  • Global Context - enable/disable global context as a filter for custom fields

  • Lead - filter projects by their assigned lead users

  • Category - filter projects by category

Profile page

After you find a configuration element, it's time to analyze its usage and change impact. The configuration element’s profile page provides thorough information and intuitive mechanisms to examine an element's dependencies, where it is used, and assess the impact of future changes.

To open the configuration element’s profile page, click on the name of a configuration element found by Power Admin.

The page contains the following important functionality:

1. Used in section

The Used in section displays the number of projects and issues in which a configuration element is used. When you click on the Projects counter, Power Admin lists the projects in a separate window.

When you click on the Issues counter, Power Admin redirects you to the issue navigator with a list of the issues. This section also presents counters of the objects, which are direct (first-level) dependencies of the main configuration element. The dependent object counters are clickable, and they display the relevant configuration elements in the dependency table on the page.

Export projects

You can export the list of projects where the configuration element is used.

2. Dependent elements

The Configuration object page lists all the first level-dependent configuration elements of the main object (search object).

The dependent objects table contains the following:

  • Name, ID, and type of the objects.

  • Projects, where the dependent object is used in.

  • Actions, which you can perform on the different objects.

Export dependent elements

You can export the list of all objects dependent on the configuration element with the Export button.

Agile boards and dashboards do not have profile pages.

The agile boards and dashboards are final elements in the configuration dependencies detected by Power Admin for Jira, and they do not have profile pages.

3. Sorting by project count

Power Admin for Jira offers an option to sort the dependent configuration elements based on the Projects column. For example, you might want to see which objects are used by most projects.

4. Search and filter

You can search for a specific object among the results with dependent objects found. The page offers filters, and you can filter the configuration elements as mentioned in the filters section. They are disabled when no dependent objects are present.

A meaningful analysis can be achieved by applying a combination of the following Power Admin features:

  • Check the projects and issues in which a configuration element is used.

  • Check the objects dependent on the main (search) object.

  • Check the objects used by most projects.

  • You can further search for an object by name and ID among the dependent objects.

  • Apply the relevant filters.

You can navigate to the dependent objects of a configuration element and further drill down into the map of object relations in your project configurations. To navigate to dependent elements:

  1. Click on the name of a configuration element.

  2. On the list of dependent objects, choose one and click on its name.

  3. Perform the same action on the next page.

This way, you can continue to explore the object relations in your project configurations.

When you open the profile pages of issue type screen schemesissue security schemes, workflow schemes, notification schemes, and permission schemes, the table with dependent objects doesn't contain the Projects column. These configuration elements have only projects as dependent objects.