Command line tools for interacting with JIRA

pip install accountable==0.1


Accountable - a Jira CLI Requirements Status Code Climate

Never leave the command line to update a ticket again.


pip install accountable


git clone
cd accountable
python install


Once installed, configure your account:

accountable configure

List all projects:

accountable projects

List all issue types:

accountable issuetypes or accountable issuetypes DEV

Create an issue:

accountable createissue 10000 3 summary 'Yuge bug'

See the Jira API docs for a full list of fields. Custom fields are also supported.

List metadata for an individual issue:

accountable issue DEV-101

Add a comment to an issue:

accountable issue DEV-102 addcomment "[~tpm] I'm BLOCKED"

List available transitions for an issue:

accountable issue DEV-103 transitions

Do a transition for an issue:

accountable issue DEV-104 dotransition 1


Currently, only Basic Auth is supported. Running accountable configure will prompt you to enter your username, password, and Jira domain.

Since every account can be setup differently, you might want to view custom fields for an issue. By default, the following fields are displayed when examining an issue:

  1. Reporter - Display name
  2. Assignee - Display name
  3. Issue type - name
  4. Status - Status category - name
  5. Summary
  6. Description

These defaults can be changed by editing your ~/.accountable/config.yaml. Nesting fields is supported. Check out the Jira documentation here for information on fields in the payload.

Using with git

Accountable can be used in conjunction with git.

For example, if you want to start work and there isn't a ticket created for it, you can use the checkoutbranch command.

accountable checkoutbranch summary 'Refactoring foo' 1 1000

This will create a new ticket and check you out to a branch. The branch name will be the newly created ticket's key followed by the slugified summary.

accountable checkout DEV-101 will checkout a branch with the ticket's slugified summary.


Two default aliases are configured by default:

  • cob -> checkoutbranch
  • co -> checkout

You can set up your own custom aliases by specifying them in your config file.


  • Using with pomodoro
  • OAuth


Jira already supports robust triggers, like changing a ticket's status based on a pull request or a branch being created. You can also transition tickets with commit messages.

However, there are times when these automated triggers fall short.

Here's where I get frustrated with Jira:

  • I need to add a comment to a story for the product manager. Opening the browser to do this this breaks my concentration.
  • I start work locally and don't push up a branch immediately. This doesn't trigger an automated transition.
  • I don't like smart commit messages. Commit messages should reference the issue and be a concise, grepable implentation note for your fellow developers. Smart commits muck up the history.
  • I start a story and realize that a refactor, usually to allow for extension, is required before work on the requirements can start. The refactor should be in it's own pull request, so I forget to create a ticket and that work goes untracked.

Paired with git, this project attempts to solve these issues.