Award emoji

Version history
  • Introduced in GitLab 8.2.
  • GitLab 9.0 introduced the usage of native emoji if the platform supports them and falls back to images or CSS sprites. This change greatly improved award emoji performance overall.

When you’re collaborating online, you get fewer opportunities for high-fives and thumbs-ups. Emoji can be awarded to issues, merge requests, snippets, and anywhere you can have a thread.

Award emoji

Award emoji make it much easier to give and receive feedback without a long comment thread.

For information on the relevant API, see Award Emoji API.

Sort issues and merge requests on vote count

Introduced in GitLab 8.5.

You can quickly sort issues and merge requests by the number of votes they have received. The sort options can be found in the dropdown menu as “Most popular” and “Least popular”.

Votes sort options

The total number of votes is not summed up. An issue with 18 upvotes and 5 downvotes is considered more popular than an issue with 17 upvotes and no downvotes.

Award emoji for comments

Introduced in GitLab 8.9.

Award emoji can also be applied to individual comments when you want to celebrate an accomplishment or agree with an opinion.


  • Add an award emoji, click the smile in the top right of the comment and pick an emoji from the dropdown.
  • Remove an award emoji, click the emoji again.

Picking an emoji for a comment

An award emoji has been applied to a comment