How to trigger a Javascript function through a form's POST method?

Hello there,

I am quite new to the Velocity Template / jQuery part, therefore I would like to know how to pass data from a form’s post method to a js function. In a plugin

I am trying to initialise a Banner which has its content set by the form. The form triggers an overriden doPost method from my servlet.

The doPost will then trigger a full page refresh, right?
So do you want to trigger this function before or after the refresh?

Or are you trying to avoid this page refresh?

Oh hello there, @tjoy

Yes that is correct.
Before refresh, it refreshes so the newly posted banner can be included after the refresh.
I currently have the user input in a variable called “bannerBody”, which is also available for my do Post method:

    protected void doPost(final HttpServletRequest req, final HttpServletResponse resp) throws ServletException, IOException {
        networkService.redirectUnauthorizedUsers(req, resp);
        System.out.println(req.getParameter("bannerBody")); // this prints out exactly what the user put in in Wiki format

Also do you know a good way to convert this WikiMarkup to plain HTML as well? Because I think that is what the banner needs.

If I understood correctly,
The best way would be to use WRM data:

Other (old) way would be to write the information in a <meta> tag.

Regarding the question about WikiMarkup, there is a rest endpoint called render that can do it,
I found an issue related to docs for it , not sure if it is well documented

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I have managed to get the Method to trigger. Main problem was that I was using an <input> tag instead of a <button> tag, changing it made the method trigger.
Also I was mixing up / misunderstanding the different possibilities here.
Submitting the form itself does what the doPost() Method from the servlet tells it to do, which is separate from the method I wanted to trigger, which was in a JavaScript file.

The solution:
First of all import the JavaScript file properly, this can be done in 2 ways in a Velocity Template:

  1. Plain way:
  1. WRM way:
    First one needs the web resources configured:
<web-resource key="myPlugin-resources" name="myPluginWeb Resources">
        <resource type="download" name="myPlugin.js" location="/js/myPlugin.js"/>
        <resource type="download" name="myPlugin.css" location="/css/myPlugin.css"/>
        <resource type="download" name="images/" location="/images"/>

After that add this line to your template:


Now you can assign an id to the submit button where you want the method to trigger.(In this case this button is in a form, but this will also work outside of forms)

<button class="button submit aui-button-primary" type="submit"
             id="my-plugin-submit-button"> Create

The js file:

AJS.$(document).ready(function () {
    jQuery("#my-plugin-submit-button").click(function (parameter) {
     // Do something

What I am trying to do right now is to have the JavaScript method return a value which should override the value given to the doPost() Method:

AJS.$(document).ready(function () {
    jQuery("#my-plugin-submit-button").click(function (bannerBody) {
            contentType: 'application/json',
            type: 'POST',
            url: '/rest/api/1.0/render',
            async: 'false',
            data: '{"rendererType":"atlassian-wiki-renderer","unrenderedMarkup:bannerBody,"issueKey":""}',
            success: function (response) {
                bannerBody = response; // this is what I thought would update the value with what the response's return value is
            error: function (response) {

But this ends up using the following URL:
http://localhost:2990/jira/plugins/servlet/company/myPlugin/rest/api/1.0/render which does not work.
@tjoy as you mentioned the render method is barely documented

I would like to add to this for future reference. I have observed that in some cases where one uses a context name separated by dots like : it fails to load resources properly.

Hey @Taylan ,

Re: wrong URL using jquery.ajax (jQuery 1.8.3 - version will probably change with products and their versions)

With a / at the start of the URL string, it’ll replace the entire path in when performing the request and without the forward-slash, the path will be relative to the current location. Our products could have a context path (e.g /jira at the start of the path) so it’s best to set the request URL to something like; (in a template string) /${AJS.contextPath()}/${RENDERER_ENDPOINT}

I’m not sure which versions of the products you’re working with, but we’re moving contextPath() function to the WRM.

The web-resource key you’ll probably want to require is: "wr!com.atlassian.plugins.atlassian-plugins-webresource-plugin:context-path" and you’ll want to require 'wrm/context-path'

Sorry for the late reply,

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Hmmm, do you mind if I ask for the following details so we can reproduce the issue?

  • Product
  • Product version
  • Page tested
  • Context name

In the meantime, using dashes - as a separator should work. Please let us know how you go.


Hi, @mkemp

thank you for your answer, I am sure it might help out someone in the future.
I have since then moved on in this implementation in favour of an another, therefore am not exactly able to test your suggestion for this section.

Information maybe that can help you reproduce the context issue with dots:

  • Jira Server
  • Jira version 8.12.1 / Jira SDK 8.2.6
  • A page that uses a class from a specific CSS file that comes from the context.
    In my case : 2990/jira/plugins/servlet/company/servletName
  • <context></context>
    as you said using - helps with the issue

Whoops, very sorry about the late reply (I had email notifications turned off).

No problem at all.

I still couldn’t reproduce it;

  • Jira Server
  • Version 8.12.1
  • AMPS 8.2.1 + Atlassian Server SDK 8.2.6
  • Context name with . (fullstop) in it
  • Template being rendered from a servlet which then in turn requires the context

This plugin I’m testing with has CSS too which is loading properly. This is using the WRM webpack plugin which outputs a webresource definition with the CSS file under the same webresource. The resources are even being required by using the context name with dots in it. If you can think of anything else that’d be great, but I understand if you’ve moved on now.

Hey @mkemp,

thank you for trying to reproduce the issue and your effort.
I will try to provide something useful (hopefully) soon when I have the capacity. No worries about the reply speed, we both have the email notifications off : )