How To Query In Jira

When it comes to managing projects, Jira is a vital tool that aids in the tracking of issues and tasks. It offers an impressive feature of being able to query issues, allowing us to sort and organize tasks based on our individual requirements. In this blog post, we will delve into the use of Jira Query Language (JQL) for querying in Jira.

What is Jira Query Language (JQL)?

JQL is a robust, flexible query language that allows us to sift through mountains of data to find the precise issue we’re looking for. Its syntax is not too dissimilar to SQL, making it relatively straightforward for anyone with even a hint of programming knowledge.

Writing a Basic JQL Query

A basic JQL query involves three elements: fields, operators, and values.

Fields relate to the elements within your Jira issue (e.g., IssueType, Project, Assignee, etc.).

Operators are the terms that define the relationship between fields and values (e.g., =, !=, IN, NOT IN, etc.).

Values are the specific data related to your fields (e.g., the name of a project or an assignee, etc.).

A basic JQL query looks like this:

    Project = “Sample Project”

Advanced JQL Queries

We can write more advanced queries that involve multiple conditions. For example, if we want to fetch all issues from the Sample Project assigned to John, we can use the AND operator:

    Project = “Sample Project” AND Assignee = “John”

We can also use the OR operator to fetch issues from either the Sample Project or the Test Project:

    Project = “Sample Project” OR Project = “Test Project”

Using Order By

The ORDER BY clause helps to order the results of our query. For instance, if we want to arrange our issues based on their creation dates, we can do so as follows:

    Project = “Sample Project” ORDER BY created DESC

This will list all the issues from the Sample Project in descending order of their creation dates.


Mastering JQL is essential for optimizing your use of Jira. Start with simple queries and gradually try more complex ones as you become more comfortable. With practice, you’ll find JQL a powerful tool for managing your projects more effectively.