This documentation relates to an older version 1.0 of the Rich Filters Add-on for JIRA. See the documentation index for other versions.

Configuring Dynamic Filters

Dynamic Filters allow the users to further filter the collection of issues displayed by gadgets based on the current rich filter. Dynamic filters are based on JIRA fields (built-in or custom) and allow filtering issues by field values. Once configured, the dynamic filters are displayed in Rich Filter Controller Gadgets as buttons with drop-down menus (for option/user/label/etc fields) or text search boxes (for text-based fields). When a dynamic filter is activated in a Rich Filter Controller Gadget, all the other gadgets in the same dashboard and which are based on the same rich filter apply the selected criteria (the required JQL is automatically generated).

Not all issue fields can be used for dynamic filters, but all built-in fields and most custom fields that are configured to use one of JIRA’s built-in custom field searchers are supported.

Dynamic Filter Types

As mentioned, there are two types of dynamic filters, depending on the type of field they are based on:

  1. Option dynamic filters are used for fields that can take predefined values, such as check-boxes, select lists (single or multi select), status, priority, labels, user pickers, etc. Controller gadgets display these as buttons with drop-down menus, which allow selecting among the options available for each field. 
    When activated, dynamic filters limit the results to only those issues that match the selected options. If more than one option is selected, the filters will pass issues that have any of the selected values. (In JQL syntax, the selected options are ORed together, then the result is ANDed with the other JQL parts)

    The options displayed are chosen only based on issues returned by the base JIRA filter – it doesn’t show options that are defined by the field configurations but do not occur among your issues, increasing the relevance of the filter.

    For example, this is very useful if you add a dynamic filter for the Assignee field. The drop-down menu displays only users who have at least one issue assigned.

  2. Text dynamic filters are used for string and text fields, such as the issue summary and description. Text filters don’t use a menu: instead, they just display a text box. The required JQL is automatically generated to filter only issues that contain the entered text.

    JIRA has two different text searchers, one for exact string search and one for full-text search. Dynamic filters will use one or the other, depending on how your field is configured. Advanced search features such as prefix and wildcard queries are supported. See JIRA’s documentation for the syntax.

    Besides issue fields, there are two extra text dynamic filters that you can add in your rich filters: one is labeled Issue Text, and allows searching at the same time the summary, environment, description, the comments of an issue, as well as all custom text fields; the other is labeled Issue Comments, and searches exactly what the name suggests.

Editing Dynamic Filters

  1. Navigate to the desired rich filter.
  2. Open the Dynamic Filters section.
  3. Edit the dynamic filters as described in the following table and screenshot:
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Add a Dynamic Filter

Click on the Pick a field... button at the bottom of the page. A drop-down menu is displayed, showing all supported fields. Either scroll down or use the search to find the field you want, then click on the “plus” icon on the right, or press Enter to add your new dynamic filter.

Delete a Dynamic Filter

Click the delete icon at the right of the dynamic filter.

Reorder the Dynamic Filters

Hover over the vertical “grid” icon, then drag and drop the dynamic filter up or down to its new position.

When the dynamic filters of this rich filter are displayed by Controller gadgets, by default the dynamic filters are displayed in the order configured in this section. 

Change the options order of a Dynamic Filter

This applies only to option (single-select or multiple-select) fields.

By default, the order of the options shown by dynamic filters in Controller gadgets is the alphabetical order. Hover over the dynamic filter and click on Edit.

You can then chose between Alphabetical and Natural (the order of the options as defined by JIRA administrators).

This can be very useful. For example, if you have a single-select field called Size with options S, M, L, XL, then the alphabetical order is not very intuitive. It makes more sense to use the natural order in this case.