Badges

Introduced in GitLab 10.7.

Badges are a unified way to present condensed pieces of information about your projects. They consist of a small image and a URL that the image points to. Examples for badges can be the pipeline status, test coverage, or ways to contact the project maintainers.

Badges on Project information page

Project badges

Badges can be added to a project by Maintainers or Owners, and are visible on the project’s overview page. If you find that you have to add the same badges to several projects, you may want to add them at the group level.

To add a new badge to a project:

  1. Navigate to your project’s Settings > General > Badges.
  2. Under “Link”, enter the URL that the badges should point to and under “Badge image URL” the URL of the image that should be displayed.
  3. Submit the badge by clicking the Add badge button.

After adding a badge to a project, you can see it in the list below the form. You can edit it by clicking on the pen icon next to it or to delete it by clicking on the trash icon.

Badges associated with a group can only be edited or deleted on the group level.

Example project badge: Pipeline Status

A common project badge presents the GitLab CI pipeline status.

To add this badge to a project:

  1. Navigate to your project’s Settings > General > Badges.
  2. Under Name, enter Pipeline Status.
  3. Under Link, enter the following URL: https://gitlab.com/%{project_path}/-/commits/%{default_branch}
  4. Under Badge image URL, enter the following URL: https://gitlab.com/%{project_path}/badges/%{default_branch}/pipeline.svg
  5. Submit the badge by clicking the Add badge button.

Group badges

Badges can be added to a group and are visible on every project’s overview page that’s under that group. In this case, they cannot be edited or deleted on the project level. If you need to have individual badges for each project, consider adding them on the project level or use placeholders.

To add a new badge to a group:

  1. Navigate to your group’s Settings > General > Badges.
  2. Under “Link”, enter the URL that the badges should point to and under “Badge image URL” the URL of the image that should be displayed.
  3. Submit the badge by clicking the Add badge button.

After adding a badge to a group, you can see it in the list below the form. You can edit the badge by clicking on the pen icon next to it or to delete it by clicking on the trash icon.

Badges directly associated with a project can be configured on the project level.

Placeholders

The URL a badge points to, as well as the image URL, can contain placeholders which are evaluated when displaying the badge. The following placeholders are available:

  • %{project_path}: Path of a project including the parent groups
  • %{project_id}: Database ID associated with a project
  • %{default_branch}: Default branch name configured for a project’s repository
  • %{commit_sha}: ID of the most recent commit to the default branch of a project’s repository
note
Placeholders allow badges to expose otherwise-private information, such as the default branch or commit SHA when the project is configured to have a private repository. This is by design, as badges are intended to be used publicly. Avoid using these placeholders if the information is sensitive.

Use custom badge images

Use custom badge images in a project or a group if you want to use badges other than the default ones.

Prerequisites:

  • A valid URL that points directly to the desired image for the badge. If the image is located in a GitLab repository, use the raw link to the image.

Using placeholders, here is an example badge image URL referring to a raw image at the root of a repository:

https://gitlab.example.com/<project_path>/-/raw/<default_branch>/my-image.svg

To add a new badge to a group or project with a custom image:

  1. Go to your group or project and select Settings > General.
  2. Expand Badges.
  3. Under Name, enter the name for the badge.
  4. Under Link, enter the URL that the badge should point to.
  5. Under Badge image URL, enter the URL that points directly to the custom image that should be displayed.
  6. Select Add badge.

To learn how to use custom images generated via a pipeline, see our documentation on accessing the latest job artifacts by URL.

API

You can also configure badges via the GitLab API. As in the settings, there is a distinction between endpoints for badges on the project level and group level.