Join Robert Anthony for an in-depth discussion in this video Basic search in JIRA, part of Learning JIRA Software (2017).
- [Instructor] So in this portion we're going to discuss the search functionality in JIRA. Searching in JIRA is very powerful, with quite a few different options and there are a few things you can do with this data after you are seeing exactly what you want. There are two types of search options in JIRA: basic and advanced. Basic search is UI and custom-field driven, but is limited to only searching against those custom-field values. So what we're going to do is start out on our dashboard, be it a system dashboard or custom dashboard. This will give us access to the standard user menu at the top.
So what I'm going to do is click the Issues dropdown, and then I'm presented with a few options at the top. Selecting Current search will bring up the search page with the last search parameters you've set. If this is your first search, you may not even see that option on your screen. But for our example, I'm going to select Search for issues, which clears out all the previous search values. This brings up the search screen in JIRA. What you're seeing here is when starting with a fresh search, all tickets in the system are displayed. As you adjust some options, the ticket count will raise or lower, displayed here.
As you can see by default, JIRA provides some system fields to select against. For example I can adjust the projects field to select only issues in certain projects, and further adjust my results by limiting it to assignee for example. There is a search box here to enter in any keywords, and then the More dropdown. This dropdown contains some more uncommon system fields, and all custom fields that currently exist in your JIRA instance. So what we're going to do is select our project from the Projects dropdown, and let's change our assignee to Current User.
Of course, I could change the assignee to my name, but as you'll see in the future, there are a few ways to share your search parameters. If you share a search with someone, and it's using the Current User parameter instead of the actual user's name, then the search will dynamically adjust for that other user to display issues only assigned to him or her, as opposed to you. Obviously there would be situations where you actually want to share a search with your name as the assignee parameter, just make sure you are aware in the difference in the values for this field.
And that, in a nutshell, is basic searching.
- Creating tickets
- Editing issues
- Performing a basic search in JIRA
- Using advanced search
- Saving searches for future use
- Creating shared, team dashboards
- Running reports