GitLab Quick Actions

Version history
  • Introduced in GitLab 12.1: once an action is executed, an alert appears when a quick action is successfully applied.
  • Introduced in GitLab 13.2: you can use quick actions when updating the description of issues, epics, and merge requests.
  • Introduced in GitLab 13.8: when you enter / into a description or comment field, all available quick actions are displayed in a scrollable list.
  • The rebase quick action was introduced in GitLab 13.8.

Quick actions are textual shortcuts for common actions on issues, epics, merge requests, and commits that are usually done by clicking buttons or dropdowns in the GitLab UI. You can enter these commands in the description or in comments of issues, epics, merge requests, and commits. Each command should be on a separate line in order to be properly detected and executed.

Quick Actions for issues, merge requests and epics

The following quick actions are applicable to descriptions, discussions and threads in:

  • Issues
  • Merge requests
  • Epics
Command Issue Merge request Epic Action
/approve     Approve the merge request.
/assign @user   Assign one user.
/assign @user1 @user2   Assign multiple users.
/assign me   Assign yourself.
/assign_reviewer @user     Assign one user as a reviewer.
/assign_reviewer @user1 @user2     Assign multiple users as reviewers.
/assign_reviewer me     Assign yourself as a reviewer.
/award :emoji: Toggle emoji award.
/child_epic <epic>     Add child epic to <epic>. The <epic> value should be in the format of &epic, group&epic, or a URL to an epic (introduced in GitLab 12.0).
/clear_weight     Clear weight.
/clone <path/to/project> [--with_notes]     Clone the issue to given project, or the current one if no arguments are given (introduced in GitLab 13.7). Copies as much data as possible as long as the target project contains equivalent labels, milestones, and so on. Does not copy comments or system notes unless --with_notes is provided as an argument.
/close Close.
/confidential     Make confidential.
/copy_metadata <!merge_request>   Copy labels and milestone from another merge request in the project.
/copy_metadata <#issue>   Copy labels and milestone from another issue in the project.
/create_merge_request <branch name>     Create a new merge request starting from the current issue.
/done Mark to do as done.
/draft     Toggle the draft status.
/due <date>     Set due date. Examples of valid <date> include in 2 days, this Friday and December 31st.
/duplicate <#issue>     Close this issue and mark as a duplicate of another issue. Also, mark both as related.
/epic <epic>     Add to epic <epic>. The <epic> value should be in the format of &epic, group&epic, or a URL to an epic.
/estimate <<W>w <DD>d <hh>h <mm>m>   Set time estimate. For example, /estimate 1w 3d 2h 14m.
/iteration *iteration:"iteration name"     Set iteration. For example, to set the Late in July iteration: /iteration *iteration:"Late in July" (introduced in GitLab 13.1).
/label ~label1 ~label2 Add one or more labels. Label names can also start without a tilde (~), but mixed syntax is not supported.
/lock   Lock the discussions.
/merge     Merge changes. Depending on the project setting, this may be when the pipeline succeeds, adding to a Merge Train, etc.
/milestone %milestone   Set milestone.
/move <path/to/project>     Move this issue to another project.
/parent_epic <epic>     Set parent epic to <epic>. The <epic> value should be in the format of &epic, group&epic, or a URL to an epic (introduced in GitLab 12.1).
/promote     Promote issue to epic.
/publish     Publish issue to an associated Status Page (Introduced in GitLab 13.0)
/reassign @user1 @user2   Replace current assignees with those specified.
/rebase     Rebase source branch. This will schedule a background task that attempt to rebase the changes in the source branch on the latest commit of the target branch. If /rebase is used, /merge will be ignored to avoid a race condition where the source branch is merged or deleted before it is rebased. If there are merge conflicts, GitLab will display a message that a rebase cannot be scheduled. Rebase failures will be displayed with the merge request status.
/reassign_reviewer @user1 @user2     Replace current reviewers with those specified.
/relabel ~label1 ~label2 Replace current labels with those specified.
/relate #issue1 #issue2     Mark issues as related.
/remove_child_epic <epic>     Remove child epic from <epic>. The <epic> value should be in the format of &epic, group&epic, or a URL to an epic (introduced in GitLab 12.0).
/remove_due_date     Remove due date.
/remove_epic     Remove from epic.
/remove_estimate   Remove time estimate.
/remove_iteration     Remove iteration (introduced in GitLab 13.1)
/remove_milestone   Remove milestone.
/remove_parent_epic     Remove parent epic from epic (introduced in GitLab 12.1).
/remove_time_spent   Remove time spent.
/remove_zoom     Remove Zoom meeting from this issue (introduced in GitLab 12.4).
/reopen Reopen.
/shrug <comment> Append the comment with ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
/spend <time(-<h>h <mm>m)> <date(<YYYY-MM-DD>)>   Subtract spent time. Optionally, specify the date that time was spent on. For example, /spend time(-1h 30m) or /spend time(-1h 30m) date(2018-08-26).
/spend <time(<h>h <mm>m)> <date(<YYYY-MM-DD>)>   Add spent time. Optionally, specify the date that time was spent on. For example, /spend time(1h 30m) or /spend time(1h 30m) date(2018-08-26).
/submit_review     Submit a pending review (introduced in GitLab 12.7).
/subscribe Subscribe to notifications.
/tableflip <comment> Append the comment with (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻.
/target_branch <local branch name>     Set target branch.
/title <new title> Change title.
/todo Add a to-do item.
/unassign @user1 @user2   Remove specific assignees.
/unassign     Remove all assignees.
/unassign_reviewer @user1 @user2     Remove specific reviewers.
/unassign_reviewer     Remove all reviewers.
/unlabel ~label1 ~label2 or /remove_label ~label1 ~label2 Remove specified labels.
/unlabel or /remove_label Remove all labels.
/unlock   Unlock the discussions.
/unsubscribe Unsubscribe from notifications.
/weight <value>     Set weight. Valid options for <value> include 0, 1, 2, and so on.
/wip     Toggle the draft status.
/zoom <Zoom URL>     Add Zoom meeting to this issue (introduced in GitLab 12.4).

Autocomplete characters

Many quick actions require a parameter, for example: username, milestone, and label. Autocomplete characters can make it easier to enter a parameter, compared to selecting items from a list.

Quick actions parameters

The easiest way to set parameters for quick actions is to use autocomplete. If you manually enter a parameter, it must be enclosed in double quotation marks ("), unless it contains only these characters:

  1. ASCII letters.
  2. Numerals (0-9).
  3. Underscore (_), hyphen (-), question mark (?), dot (.), or ampersand (&).

Parameters are also case-sensitive. Autocomplete handles this, and the insertion of quotation marks, automatically.

Quick actions for commit messages

The following quick actions are applicable for commit messages:

Command Action
/tag v1.2.3 <message> Tags this commit with an optional message