Labels API

noteThe description_html - was added to response JSON in GitLab 12.7.

List labels

Get all labels for a given project.

By default, this request returns 20 results at a time because the API results are paginated.

GET /projects/:id/labels
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer/string yes The ID or URL-encoded path of the project owned by the authenticated user
with_counts boolean no Whether or not to include issue and merge request counts. Defaults to false. (Introduced in GitLab 12.2)
include_ancestor_groups boolean no Include ancestor groups. Defaults to true.
search string no Keyword to filter labels by. Introduced in GitLab 13.6
curl --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: <your_access_token>" "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/1/labels?with_counts=true"

Example response:

[
  {
    "id" : 1,
    "name" : "bug",
    "color" : "#d9534f",
    "text_color" : "#FFFFFF",
    "description": "Bug reported by user",
    "description_html": "Bug reported by user",
    "open_issues_count": 1,
    "closed_issues_count": 0,
    "open_merge_requests_count": 1,
    "subscribed": false,
    "priority": 10,
    "is_project_label": true
  },
  {
    "id" : 4,
    "color" : "#d9534f",
    "text_color" : "#FFFFFF",
    "name" : "confirmed",
    "description": "Confirmed issue",
    "description_html": "Confirmed issue",
    "open_issues_count": 2,
    "closed_issues_count": 5,
    "open_merge_requests_count": 0,
    "subscribed": false,
    "priority": null,
    "is_project_label": true
  },
  {
    "id" : 7,
    "name" : "critical",
    "color" : "#d9534f",
    "text_color" : "#FFFFFF",
    "description": "Critical issue. Need fix ASAP",
    "description_html": "Critical issue. Need fix ASAP",
    "open_issues_count": 1,
    "closed_issues_count": 3,
    "open_merge_requests_count": 1,
    "subscribed": false,
    "priority": null,
    "is_project_label": true
  },
  {
    "id" : 8,
    "name" : "documentation",
    "color" : "#f0ad4e",
    "text_color" : "#FFFFFF",
    "description": "Issue about documentation",
    "description_html": "Issue about documentation",
    "open_issues_count": 1,
    "closed_issues_count": 0,
    "open_merge_requests_count": 2,
    "subscribed": false,
    "priority": null,
    "is_project_label": false
  },
  {
    "id" : 9,
    "color" : "#5cb85c",
    "text_color" : "#FFFFFF",
    "name" : "enhancement",
    "description": "Enhancement proposal",
    "description_html": "Enhancement proposal",
    "open_issues_count": 1,
    "closed_issues_count": 0,
    "open_merge_requests_count": 1,
    "subscribed": true,
    "priority": null,
    "is_project_label": true
  }
]

Get a single project label

Get a single label for a given project.

GET /projects/:id/labels/:label_id
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer/string yes The ID or URL-encoded path of the project owned by the authenticated user
label_id integer or string yes The ID or title of a project’s label.
include_ancestor_groups boolean no Include ancestor groups. Defaults to true.
curl --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: <your_access_token>" "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/1/labels/bug"

Example response:

{
  "id" : 1,
  "name" : "bug",
  "color" : "#d9534f",
  "text_color" : "#FFFFFF",
  "description": "Bug reported by user",
  "description_html": "Bug reported by user",
  "open_issues_count": 1,
  "closed_issues_count": 0,
  "open_merge_requests_count": 1,
  "subscribed": false,
  "priority": 10,
  "is_project_label": true
}

Create a new label

Creates a new label for the given repository with the given name and color.

POST /projects/:id/labels
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer/string yes The ID or URL-encoded path of the project owned by the authenticated user
name string yes The name of the label
color string yes The color of the label given in 6-digit hex notation with leading ‘#’ sign (e.g. #FFAABB) or one of the CSS color names
description string no The description of the label
priority integer no The priority of the label. Must be greater or equal than zero or null to remove the priority.
curl --data "name=feature&color=#5843AD" --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: <your_access_token>" "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/1/labels"

Example response:

{
  "id" : 10,
  "name" : "feature",
  "color" : "#5843AD",
  "text_color" : "#FFFFFF",
  "description":null,
  "description_html":null,
  "open_issues_count": 0,
  "closed_issues_count": 0,
  "open_merge_requests_count": 0,
  "subscribed": false,
  "priority": null,
    "is_project_label": true
}

Delete a label

Deletes a label with a given name.

DELETE /projects/:id/labels/:label_id
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer/string yes The ID or URL-encoded path of the project owned by the authenticated user
label_id integer or string yes The ID or title of a group’s label.
curl --request DELETE --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: <your_access_token>" "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/1/labels/bug"
noteAn older endpoint DELETE /projects/:id/labels with name in the parameters is still available, but deprecated.

Edit an existing label

Updates an existing label with new name or new color. At least one parameter is required, to update the label.

PUT /projects/:id/labels/:label_id
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer/string yes The ID or URL-encoded path of the project owned by the authenticated user
label_id integer or string yes The ID or title of a group’s label.
new_name string yes if color is not provided The new name of the label
color string yes if new_name is not provided The color of the label given in 6-digit hex notation with leading ‘#’ sign (e.g. #FFAABB) or one of the CSS color names
description string no The new description of the label
priority integer no The new priority of the label. Must be greater or equal than zero or null to remove the priority.
curl --request PUT --data "new_name=docs&color=#8E44AD&description=Documentation" --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: <your_access_token>" "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/1/labels/documentation"

Example response:

{
  "id" : 8,
  "name" : "docs",
  "color" : "#8E44AD",
  "text_color" : "#FFFFFF",
  "description": "Documentation",
  "description_html": "Documentation",
  "open_issues_count": 1,
  "closed_issues_count": 0,
  "open_merge_requests_count": 2,
  "subscribed": false,
  "priority": null,
  "is_project_label": true
}
noteAn older endpoint PUT /projects/:id/labels with name or label_id in the parameters is still available, but deprecated.

Promote a project label to a group label

Version history
  • Introduced in GitLab 12.3.
  • In GitLab 13.6 and later, promoting a project label keeps that label’s ID and changes it into a group label. Previously, promoting a project label created a new group label with a new ID and deleted the old label.

Promotes a project label to a group label. The label keeps its ID.

PUT /projects/:id/labels/:label_id/promote
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer/string yes The ID or URL-encoded path of the project owned by the authenticated user
label_id integer or string yes The ID or title of a group’s label.
curl --request PUT --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: <your_access_token>" "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/1/labels/documentation/promote"

Example response:

{
  "id" : 8,
  "name" : "documentation",
  "color" : "#8E44AD",
  "description": "Documentation",
  "description_html": "Documentation",
  "open_issues_count": 1,
  "closed_issues_count": 0,
  "open_merge_requests_count": 2,
  "subscribed": false
}
noteAn older endpoint PUT /projects/:id/labels/promote with name in the parameters is still available, but deprecated.

Subscribe to a label

Subscribes the authenticated user to a label to receive notifications. If the user is already subscribed to the label, the status code 304 is returned.

POST /projects/:id/labels/:label_id/subscribe
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer/string yes The ID or URL-encoded path of the project owned by the authenticated user
label_id integer or string yes The ID or title of a project’s label
curl --request POST --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: <your_access_token>" "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/5/labels/1/subscribe"

Example response:

{
  "id" : 1,
  "name" : "bug",
  "color" : "#d9534f",
  "text_color" : "#FFFFFF",
  "description": "Bug reported by user",
  "description_html": "Bug reported by user",
  "open_issues_count": 1,
  "closed_issues_count": 0,
  "open_merge_requests_count": 1,
  "subscribed": true,
  "priority": null,
  "is_project_label": true
}

Unsubscribe from a label

Unsubscribes the authenticated user from a label to not receive notifications from it. If the user is not subscribed to the label, the status code 304 is returned.

POST /projects/:id/labels/:label_id/unsubscribe
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer/string yes The ID or URL-encoded path of the project owned by the authenticated user
label_id integer or string yes The ID or title of a project’s label
curl --request POST --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: <your_access_token>" "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/5/labels/1/unsubscribe"