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  1. Jira Server and Data Center
  2. JRASERVER-6218

Allow searching for part of a word (prefix / substring searches)



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      Atlassian Update - 10 January 2019

      Future regex plans

      After consideration we decided not to extend JQL syntax to support regular expressions in the future.

      Prefix and suffix searches

      Jira 8.0 will be capable of prefix searches

      text ~ "work*"

      We will consider supporting suffix searches in the future:

      text ~ "*box"

      Kamil Cichy
      Jira Software Engineer



      Lucene doesn't support prefix search.

      We have created some issues with following titles:

      • "ComponentComboBox"
      • "TableComboBox"
      • "DateComboBox"
      • "JXComboBox"

      these words also occur in attached commented and file attachments with java source code
      In our projects we need to search for the word "ComboBox" or "Box" or just "box", but it does not retrieve the issues mentioned above.

      Is it possible to extend JIRA search capabiltiy with a simple search plugin, which returns results like String's indexOf ? Of course, this will result in neg. performance issues.
      But I think, this way of searching is practical for us, when searching for more abstract words / partialparts of words in jira/confluence.


      We use lucene as for our search engine. I did some research and it looks like Lucene starting at version 2.1 does support leading wild cards. You can see here via Apache's FAQ. We don't currently use this function. As you can see even Apache mentions it's an expensive operation.

      Work Around

      We recommend Script Runner a third party add on (Add is no longer free) . Script Runner really beefs up JQL as you can use regex with script runner.

      For example: issueFunction in issueFieldMatch("project = JRA", "description", "ABC\\d{4}").  

      See more on IssueFieldMatch here.


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