Having looked through the Jira smart values documentation for issues I can see no obvious way of printing out which user has performed a transition.

The use case for this is to be able to send a notification like:

Jane Doe transitioned Awesome Issue to Done 🎉

Is it possible to display which user has transitioned an issue??

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Jira's smart value for this is [~accountid:{{initiator.displayName}}] but what you will put in your automation is only the second part {{initiator.displayName}}.

If you are doing an edit on a user picker field it may appear as if the field only allows existing users from your tenant. However once you complete the smart value it will show a context that allows you to select your value. enter image description here

I found this answer thanks to a medium.com post by Jacob Harrison All (useful) Jira Issue Smart Values, Macros, Issue Details, ID Keys

  • This is only for the Jira Cloud, JSM Server or JSM Data Center editions may have different values for this.
    – Alex
    Sep 19, 2022 at 20:54
  • Thanks @Alex! This pointed me in the right direction - what I needed for my example was {{initiator.displayName}}. If you update your answer to account for that I'll set it as accepted :)
    – dav_i
    Sep 22, 2022 at 14:58
  • I've updated the details and the screenshot!
    – Alex
    Sep 22, 2022 at 19:36

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