This page describes how you can store advanced groovy scripts outside the Sync Rules processors.

This feature requires a good understanding of Groovy, the entities of the underlying issue tracker, and Exalate itself.

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Advanced synchronization scripts usually contain a huge number of code lines. Storing these scripts in the Sync Rules make it hard to maintain.

With a scripts-specific folder outside of the Sync Rules you can have your own scripts library. You can create your own advanced .groovy scripts and add them into the library. Then call the script from the library in the Sync Rules configuration. Exalate will start to pick external files. 

Externalized scripts provide you an ability to configure a complex synchronization case with a reduced amount of code inside the Sync Rules.

It allows making changes to your Exalate configuration easier and version scripts whenever you need it. You can share/copy the Sync Rules between different Connections.

To get autocompletion for all the variables available in the script and the Jira API (such as com.atlassian.jira.component.ComponentAccessor), configure the IDE to use shared Maven configuration repository. This helps to improve your scripting experience with Exalate. You can also version your scripts with any major change using version control systems.

Externalized scripts functionality allows to include  following files:

The scripts directory must have permissions to write and read directories/files.

Where to set up scripts

Custom scripts can only be deployed on Jira Server/Datacenter and nodes which are deployed through the docker deployment approach.

Jira Server


Jira Datacenter


Docker based


There could be one of the following values instead of <nodename>:

  • snownode for Exalate for ServiceNow.

  • adnode for Exalate for Azure DevOps.

  • hpqcnode for Exalate for HP ALM/QC.

Jira Cloud

Jira Cloud, just as any other cloud node, supports a set of specific scripts. Custom scripts cannot be deployed in this environment.

Check out List of external scripts for Jira Cloud for more information.

Available external scripts

Exalate documentation includes a lot of example scripts containing approaches on how to implement various use cases.  Please note that many of these scripts are used only for example purposes. 

Below you can find a list of available external scripts. 

What's next

Check an example of how you can add an external script

Set up advanced scripting environment

Externalize your existing scripts