GitLab Documentation

Branches

List repository branches

Get a list of repository branches from a project, sorted by name alphabetically.

GET /projects/:id/repository/branches
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer yes The ID of a project
curl --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: 9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK" https://gitlab.example.com/api/v3/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",
      "message": "add projects API",
      "parent_ids": [
        "4ad91d3c1144c406e50c7b33bae684bd6837faf8"
      ]
    }
  },
  ...
]

Get single repository branch

Get a single project repository branch.

GET /projects/:id/repository/branches/:branch
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer yes The ID of a project
branch string yes The name of the branch
curl --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: 9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK" https://gitlab.example.com/api/v3/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",
    "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/v3/projects/5/repository/branches/master/protect?developers_can_push=true&developers_can_merge=true
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer yes The ID of a project
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",
    "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/v3/projects/5/repository/branches/master/unprotect
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer yes The ID of a project
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",
    "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 of a project
branch_name 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/v3/projects/5/repository/branches?branch_name=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",
    "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 yes The ID of a project
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/v3/projects/5/repository/branches/newbranch"

Example response:

{
  "branch_name": "newbranch"
}

Delete merged branches

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

DELETE /projects/:id/repository/merged_branches
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer yes The ID of a project
curl --request DELETE --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: 9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK" "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v3/projects/5/repository/merged_branches"