Jira Issue Updater

The Jenkins project announced an unresolved security vulnerability affecting the current version of this plugin (why?):

I see only questions and no answers. Does anybody answers these questions? Otherwise what is the point to ask?

This is a Jenkins plugin which updates issues in Atlassian JIRA (by changing their status, adding a comment or updating fields) as part of a Jenkins job.

Jira-Issue-Updater-Plugin can search for issues to update using a flexible, user-definable JQL which can contain arbitrary variable values from the Jenkins Build, and update the contents of the JIRA.

The plugin can be called during a Post Build Step and/or as a Post Build Action.

Common Use Cases:

  • Update a JIRA when a build passes/fails, for example to keep an audit trail in JIRA
  • Update Fixed Versions in JIRA
  • Fail a build if a JIRA cannot be found 

What's new

Version 1.20

Version 1.19 failed due to using out of date build settings. Updated and re-released as Version 1.20.


  • Added fixed versions
  • Use up to date build settings, deal with FindBugs and Javadoc issues

Version 1.18


  • Added version management

Version 1.17

Changed to use the REST interface (SOAP has been deprecated and is being removed). The current functionality is:

  • JIRA selection using JQL
  • Add a JIRA comment (supports variable substitution)
  • Update a field with a value (supports variable substitution)
  • Set a workflow status

Note: "Fixed Versions" removed temporarily

Added "Post Build Action"

Version 1.3

Added support for build parameters and environment variables.

Use e.g


and not:


and then they will get replaced for any of the below:

  • jira comment
  • jql
  • workflow action name

When to use it

  • in case you would like to announce or just log in Jira that the deployment of certain fixes / issues the acceptance server has completed (this makes sense if you already use Jenkins to deploy your applications to the acceptance web/app server).
  • in case you would like Jenkins to update multiple issues when a new version of one of your projects is released (this makes sense if you use the "maven release plugin" and you trigger it from Jenkins).
  • in case you would like to progress multiple Jira issues in the workflow (bulk changing the status of multiple Jira issues) and/or add a comment to issues after a Jenkins job has successfully completed.

How to use it

After installing this plugin you will find it:

  • under the 'Add build step' option (in case of a free-style or multi-configuration project build jobs) 
  • under the 'Add pre-build Step' & 'Add post-build step' options (in case of Maven project build jobs)


  • the Jira SOAP URL (e.g. http://something.com/rpc/soap/jirasoapservice-v2)
  • the Jira username and password to be used to connect to Jira
  • a JQL query selecting the issues to be updated (e.g. project="JENKINS" and status="Pending deploy")
  • the name of the workflow action to be executed (not mandatory)
  • the message to be added to each issue (not mandatory)

Example plugin configuration