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Create Jira Workflow

In this article, I would be showing you how to create Jira workflow and append transitions using go-atlassian

Step 1: Create a new Go project

Create a new directory for your project and navigate to it in your terminal or command prompt. Initialize a new Go module using the following command:
go mod init your-module-name

Step 2: Install the "go-atlassian" library

To use the "go-atlassian" library, you need to install it as a dependency in your project. Run the following command:
go get github.com/ctreminiom/go-atlassian

Step 3: Import the required packages

Create a new Go file, e.g., main.go, and import the necessary packages:
package main
import (
"fmt"
"log"
jira "github.com/ctreminiom/go-atlassian/jira/v2"
)

Step 4: Set up Jira API client

Initialize the Jira API client with your Jira base URL and API token:
func main() {
jiraClient, err := jira.New(nil, "https://your-jira-instance.atlassian.net")
if err != nil {
log.Fatal(err)
}
// Set API token for authentication
jiraClient.Auth.SetBasicAuth(mail, token)
}

Step 5: Create a workflow

To create a new workflow, we need to the create the models.WorkflowPayloadScheme payload struct with the following information.
  1. 1.
    Worfklow Name.
  2. 2.
    Workflow Description.
  3. 3.
    Workflow Statuses.
  4. 4.
    Workflow Transitions.
Let's try to create a workflow with directed transitions and all-to-all transitions, something like this:

Step 5.1: Extract the status ID's

The first step to create a Jira workflow is recognize what's gonna be the statuses you want to use.
Statuses represent the different stages that an issue can go through in a workflow.
In this particular example, we're needed to use the following statuses:
  • Open
  • In Progress
  • QA
  • Waiting for approval
  • Escalated
  • Closed
  • Resolved
var statusesNamesAsSlice = []string{
"Open", "In Progress", "QA",
"Waiting for approval", "Escalated",
"Closed", "Resolved",
}
var statusesAsMap = make(map[string]*models.WorkflowStatusDetailScheme)
for _, statusName := range statusesNamesAsSlice {
options := &models.WorkflowStatusSearchParams{
SearchString: statusName,
}
page, response, err := instance.Workflow.Status.Search(context.Background(), options, 0, 1)
if err != nil {
if response != nil {
log.Println(response.Bytes.String())
log.Println(response.Code)
}
log.Fatal(err)
}
var wasFound bool
for _, status := range page.Values {
if status.Name == statusName {
statusesAsMap[status.Name] = status
wasFound = true
break
}
}
if !wasFound {
// If the workflow is not found, it's required to create a new global status
statusPayload := &models.WorkflowStatusPayloadScheme{
Statuses: []*models.WorkflowStatusNodeScheme{
{
Name: statusName,
StatusCategory: "IN_PROGRESS",
},
},
Scope: &models.WorkflowStatusScopeScheme{
Type: "GLOBAL",
},
}
statuses, response, err := instance.Workflow.Status.Create(context.Background(), statusPayload)
if err != nil {
if response != nil {
log.Println(response.Bytes.String())
log.Println(response.Code)
}
log.Fatal(err)
}
for _, status := range statuses {
if status.Name == statusName {
statusesAsMap[status.Name] = status
break
}
}
}
}
for name, data := range statusesAsMap {
fmt.Println(name, data.ID)
}
The previously code extracts the status ID's from the Jira instance and if one status is not available on the instance, it'll automatically create the statuses and append the information on the statusesAsMap variable.
With the status ID's, we can proceed with the creation of the workflow statuses payload
var workflowStatuses []*models.WorkflowTransitionScreenScheme
for _, status := range statusesAsMap {
workflowStatuses = append(workflowStatuses, &models.WorkflowTransitionScreenScheme{
ID: status.ID,
Properties: nil,
})
}

Step 5.2: Create the workflow transitions

With the statuses id's extracted, we can create a workflow transitions. The transitions define the paths that an issue can take from one status to another.
For example: an issue in the "Open" status can transition to the "In Progress" status when work begins on it.
There're the conditional validations needed to create a valid workflow transition:
  • include one initial transition.
  • not use the same name for a global and directed transition.
  • have a unique name for each global transition.
  • have a unique 'to' status for each global transition.
  • have unique names for each transition from a status.
  • not have a 'from' status on initial and global transitions.
  • have a 'from' status on directed transitions.
var workflowTransitions []*models.WorkflowTransitionPayloadScheme
// -----
// The initial transition is required, it creates the relationship between the creation trigger with the
// first status
// -----
workflowTransitions = append(workflowTransitions, &models.WorkflowTransitionPayloadScheme{
Name: "Create",
To: "1",
Type: "initial",
})
// -----
// Create the Escalated and Waiting for approval statuses because the relationship is all-to-all
workflowTransitions = append(workflowTransitions, &models.WorkflowTransitionPayloadScheme{
Name: "Escalated",
To: statusesAsMap["Escalated"].ID,
Type: "global",
})
workflowTransitions = append(workflowTransitions, &models.WorkflowTransitionPayloadScheme{
Name: "Waiting for approval",
To: statusesAsMap["Waiting for approval"].ID,
Type: "global",
})
// -----
// ----
// Create the directed transitions, it's required to use the from and to statuses
// Open -----------------------> In Progress
workflowTransitions = append(workflowTransitions, &models.WorkflowTransitionPayloadScheme{
Name: "In Progress",
From: []string{statusesAsMap["Open"].ID},
To: statusesAsMap["In Progress"].ID,
Type: "directed",
})
// In Progress -----------------------> QA
workflowTransitions = append(workflowTransitions, &models.WorkflowTransitionPayloadScheme{
Name: "QA",
From: []string{statusesAsMap["In Progress"].ID},
To: statusesAsMap["QA"].ID,
Type: "directed",
})
// QA -----------------------> In Progress
workflowTransitions = append(workflowTransitions, &models.WorkflowTransitionPayloadScheme{
Name: "QA",
From: []string{statusesAsMap["QA"].ID},
To: statusesAsMap["In Progress"].ID,
Type: "directed",
})
// QA -----------------------> Closed
workflowTransitions = append(workflowTransitions, &models.WorkflowTransitionPayloadScheme{
Name: "Closed",
From: []string{statusesAsMap["QA"].ID},
To: statusesAsMap["Closed"].ID,
Type: "directed",
})
// QA -----------------------> Resolved
workflowTransitions = append(workflowTransitions, &models.WorkflowTransitionPayloadScheme{
Name: "Resolved",
From: []string{statusesAsMap["QA"].ID},
To: statusesAsMap["Resolved"].ID,
Type: "directed",
})

Step 5.3: Create the workflow

In conclusion, we can combine the statuses and transitions structs and create the workflow using the structs created on the previous steps.
workflowPayload := &models.WorkflowPayloadScheme{
Name: "Workflow Name - Sample",
Description: "Workflow Name - Description",
Statuses: workflowStatuses,
Transitions: workflowTransitions,
}
newWorkflow, response, err := instance.Workflow.Create(context.Background(), workflowPayload)
if err != nil {
if response != nil {
log.Println(response.Bytes.String())
log.Println(response.Code)
}
log.Fatal(err)
}
log.Println(newWorkflow.Name)
log.Println(newWorkflow.EntityID)

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