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Configuring Advanced Workflows in Jira? Here's the Difference Between Conditions vs. Validators



Jira adminstrators who are configuring advanced workflows, often ask the question, “Should I use a condition or validator in this scenario? Conditions and validators cause a fair amount of confusion, so in this blog post, I'll explain the difference. And to really clear things up, I've created a chart with some examples of when to use conditions.

Both Conditions and Validators will prevent an issue from transitioning if certain criteria aren’t met, so what’s the difference?

What is a workflow Condition?

  • Conditions are processed PRIOR to executing the transition
    • If the criteria isn’t met, the transition is hidden.

What is a workflow Validator?

  • Validators are processed WHEN executing the transition
    • If the criteria aren’t met, an error is shown, and the transition cannot be completed.


When to use a Condition vs. a Validator:

In almost all cases, I find myself using Validators over Conditions, with examples of the exceptions noted below. 

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I hope this information helps you when you're configuring workflows. Reach out to us today if you'd to learn more information on this topic! 


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