- Log in to your Jira instance as an administrator.
- Select the user icon.
- From the dropdown menu which appears, choose Atlassian Marketplace. The 'Find new apps' screen will be displayed.
- Use the search function to locate vLinks. The correct app version will be shown in the search results.
- Click on 'Install' to download and install vLinks.
vLinks provides two new custom field types, which allow the user to select issues (single or multiple issue picker) and create and/or remove issue links depending on the selection. These fields can be used in JQL queries. You can also use some variables or keywords to display data about the issue appearing in the custom field.
Creating a custom field
- Select Custom fields in the administration area and continue by clicking on 'Add custom field'.
- Search for vLinks in the Advanced fields.
- vLinks offers two field types: Multiple Issue Picker and Single Issue Picker.
- Select one of the options and click on 'Next'.
- Name your vLinks custom field and provide a description, if required.
- Select a screen in which you want the vLinks field to appear.
Configuring the custom field
In the newly created field, the user has to select "Configure" and then to click on the "Edit Custom Field Selected Options" link.
There are four options available:
- Issue Link Type (required field) - you can select any of the existing Jira issue link types.
- JQL filter - you can insert a desired jql filter in the textfield. On the right side you can see a green icon if the filter is valid, and a red icon if the filter isn't valid.
- Set Permission - while checked, custom field dropdown will show all issues regardless of user permissions.
- View Template - you can decide how the template will look. $key is always presented. Upon clicking on the field, other options will show up, like: $key (if you need it multiple times), $summary, $reporter, $assignee, $status, $customfield_XXXXX. By the $customfield_XXXXX option, you have to insert the correct ID of the other vLinks custom field, for example $customfield_10200. Otherwise, the value of the option will be set to "N/A".
Activating the custom field in a Service Desk project
Go to Project settings → Request types → choose a request type → Edit fields → Add a field and check vLinks. Click on the "Apply" button.
Hovering on the issue key will cause an inline dialog containing additional information (summary, type, status, priority, assignee, reporter) to show up.
There are two additional options:
- Assign to me - will assign the issue to the current user
- More by reporter - will display all issues by the same reporter in the issue navigator area
There is a built-in JQL function called "customFieldValueFromIssue("", "")". The function takes two parameters. The first one is an issue key and the second one is the ID of the custom field. The function returns the value of the custom field and the specified issue.
Example: vLinks = customFieldValueFromIssue("TEST-2", "10300")
cf = customFieldValueFromissue("TEST-2", "10300")
From venITure comes a new custom field type which enables the user to identify and select issues (single or multiple) easily and quickly. This user-defined field allows the user to create and remove issue links depending on the options selected. In addition, the linked custom issue field can be used in JQL functions and dashboard gadgets.
Searching using the linked issue custom field
In case of issues, you can use the linked custom field in JQL queries. This makes searching for linked topics a lot easier.
Easy management of issue links in a user-friendly field
All you have to do is to identify the issues to be linked and complete them automatically.
Configuration of the linked issue custom field
The custom field is assigned to the issue link type of your choice. Furthermore, you can restrict which issues are displayed by specifying a JQL request.