Exposing transition names based on a given issue status (using Groovy)

Many use cases from our customers involve working with issue status(es). However, there might be particular scenarios where a customer might be required to retrieve a transition name(s) (based on an issue's current/previous status).


Depending on the customer's use case, two possible scenarios can be considered:

  1. Things get pretty straightforward if the customer would like to get a currently executed transition name. You can freely use the getCurrentTransition().get().name method + property to get the transition name.

Limitation: the getCurrentTransition() method (hence the getCurrentTransition().get().name property) only works when used as part of a workflow configuration. This method will not retrieve any data when used as part of an Event-based action.


  1. The customer wants to retrieve the transition names associated with the previous and current status. In this case, a Groovy script that uses some of the standard Jira classes can be used. The code snippet below that can be used for this purpose.

Limitation: as this proposed solution is based on statutes, the returned results won't be unique (meaning a single value) if multiple transitions can lead to the same status.

Additional note below from our L3/dev team:

Suppose multiple transitions lead to a specific status. In that case, there's no easy way to know which one has been executed: Jira stores that information only in the internal OS_HISTORYSTEP database table, which has no public API.

import com.opensymphony.workflow.loader.ActionDescriptor import com.opensymphony.workflow.loader.StepDescriptor def workflow = ComponentAccessor.getWorkflowManager().getWorkflow(issue) def workflowStatuses = workflow.getLinkedStatusObjects() def currentStatus def prevStatus prevStatus = workflowStatuses.find{item -> item.name == issue.getFieldHistory("status").fromString.last()} currentStatus = workflowStatuses.find{item -> item.name == issue.getFieldHistory("status").toString.last()} StepDescriptor stepDescriptor1 = workflow.getLinkedStep(prevStatus) StepDescriptor stepDescriptor2 = workflow.getLinkedStep(currentStatus)

As an example of this second scenario, the capture below shows the output for the script when used as part of an Email Issue post-function () configuration (Html Body section).