GitLab Documentation

Branches API

List repository branches

Get a list of repository branches from a project, sorted by name alphabetically. This endpoint can be accessed without authentication if the repository is publicly accessible.

GET /projects/:id/repository/branches
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer/string yes The ID or URL-encoded path of the project owned by the authenticated user
curl --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: 9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK" https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/5/repository/branches

Example response:

[
  {
    "name": "master",
    "merged": false,
    "protected": true,
    "developers_can_push": false,
    "developers_can_merge": false,
    "commit": {
      "author_email": "john@example.com",
      "author_name": "John Smith",
      "authored_date": "2012-06-27T05:51:39-07:00",
      "committed_date": "2012-06-28T03:44:20-07:00",
      "committer_email": "john@example.com",
      "committer_name": "John Smith",
      "id": "7b5c3cc8be40ee161ae89a06bba6229da1032a0c",
      "short_id": "7b5c3cc",
      "title": "add projects API",
      "message": "add projects API",
      "parent_ids": [
        "4ad91d3c1144c406e50c7b33bae684bd6837faf8"
      ]
    }
  },
  ...
]

Get single repository branch

Get a single project repository branch. This endpoint can be accessed without authentication if the repository is publicly accessible.

GET /projects/:id/repository/branches/:branch
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer/string yes The ID or URL-encoded path of the project owned by the authenticated user
branch string yes The name of the branch
curl --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: 9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK" https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/5/repository/branches/master

Example response:

{
  "name": "master",
  "merged": false,
  "protected": true,
  "developers_can_push": false,
  "developers_can_merge": false,
  "commit": {
    "author_email": "john@example.com",
    "author_name": "John Smith",
    "authored_date": "2012-06-27T05:51:39-07:00",
    "committed_date": "2012-06-28T03:44:20-07:00",
    "committer_email": "john@example.com",
    "committer_name": "John Smith",
    "id": "7b5c3cc8be40ee161ae89a06bba6229da1032a0c",
    "short_id": "7b5c3cc",
    "title": "add projects API",
    "message": "add projects API",
    "parent_ids": [
      "4ad91d3c1144c406e50c7b33bae684bd6837faf8"
    ]
  }
}

Protect repository branch

Protects a single project repository branch. This is an idempotent function, protecting an already protected repository branch still returns a 200 OK status code.

PUT /projects/:id/repository/branches/:branch/protect
curl --request PUT --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: 9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK" https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/5/repository/branches/master/protect?developers_can_push=true&developers_can_merge=true
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer/string yes The ID or URL-encoded path of the project owned by the authenticated user
branch string yes The name of the branch
developers_can_push boolean no Flag if developers can push to the branch
developers_can_merge boolean no Flag if developers can merge to the branch

Example response:

{
  "commit": {
    "author_email": "john@example.com",
    "author_name": "John Smith",
    "authored_date": "2012-06-27T05:51:39-07:00",
    "committed_date": "2012-06-28T03:44:20-07:00",
    "committer_email": "john@example.com",
    "committer_name": "John Smith",
    "id": "7b5c3cc8be40ee161ae89a06bba6229da1032a0c",
    "short_id": "7b5c3cc",
    "title": "add projects API",
    "message": "add projects API",
    "parent_ids": [
      "4ad91d3c1144c406e50c7b33bae684bd6837faf8"
    ]
  },
  "name": "master",
  "merged": false,
  "protected": true,
  "developers_can_push": true,
  "developers_can_merge": true
}

Unprotect repository branch

Unprotects a single project repository branch. This is an idempotent function, unprotecting an already unprotected repository branch still returns a 200 OK status code.

PUT /projects/:id/repository/branches/:branch/unprotect
curl --request PUT --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: 9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK" https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/5/repository/branches/master/unprotect
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer/string yes The ID or URL-encoded path of the project owned by the authenticated user
branch string yes The name of the branch

Example response:

{
  "commit": {
    "author_email": "john@example.com",
    "author_name": "John Smith",
    "authored_date": "2012-06-27T05:51:39-07:00",
    "committed_date": "2012-06-28T03:44:20-07:00",
    "committer_email": "john@example.com",
    "committer_name": "John Smith",
    "id": "7b5c3cc8be40ee161ae89a06bba6229da1032a0c",
    "short_id": "7b5c3cc",
    "title": "add projects API",
    "message": "add projects API",
    "parent_ids": [
      "4ad91d3c1144c406e50c7b33bae684bd6837faf8"
    ]
  },
  "name": "master",
  "merged": false,
  "protected": false,
  "developers_can_push": false,
  "developers_can_merge": false
}

Create repository branch

POST /projects/:id/repository/branches
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer yes The ID or URL-encoded path of the project owned by the authenticated user
branch string yes The name of the branch
ref string yes The branch name or commit SHA to create branch from
curl --request POST --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: 9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK" "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/5/repository/branches?branch=newbranch&ref=master"

Example response:

{
  "commit": {
    "author_email": "john@example.com",
    "author_name": "John Smith",
    "authored_date": "2012-06-27T05:51:39-07:00",
    "committed_date": "2012-06-28T03:44:20-07:00",
    "committer_email": "john@example.com",
    "committer_name": "John Smith",
    "id": "7b5c3cc8be40ee161ae89a06bba6229da1032a0c",
    "short_id": "7b5c3cc",
    "title": "add projects API",
    "message": "add projects API",
    "parent_ids": [
      "4ad91d3c1144c406e50c7b33bae684bd6837faf8"
    ]
  },
  "name": "newbranch",
  "merged": false,
  "protected": false,
  "developers_can_push": false,
  "developers_can_merge": false
}

Delete repository branch

DELETE /projects/:id/repository/branches/:branch
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer/string yes The ID or URL-encoded path of the project owned by the authenticated user
branch string yes The name of the branch

In case of an error, an explaining message is provided.

curl --request DELETE --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: 9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK" "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/5/repository/branches/newbranch"

Delete merged branches

Will delete all branches that are merged into the project's default branch.

Protected branches will not be deleted as part of this operation.

DELETE /projects/:id/repository/merged_branches
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer/string yes The ID or URL-encoded path of the project owned by the authenticated user
curl --request DELETE --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: 9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK" "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/5/repository/merged_branches"