Jira development panel

You can use the Jira development panel to view GitLab activity for a Jira issue directly in Jira. To set up the Jira development panel:

For an overview, see Jira development panel integration.

Feature availability

This table shows the features available with the Jira DVCS connector and the GitLab for Jira Cloud app:

FeatureJira DVCS connectorGitLab for Jira Cloud app
Smart Commits Yes Yes
Sync merge requests Yes Yes
Sync branches Yes Yes
Sync commits Yes Yes
Sync existing data Yes Yes (partial) 1
Sync builds No Yes
Sync deployments No Yes
Sync feature flags No Yes
Sync intervalUp to 60 minutesReal time
Create branches No Yes (GitLab SaaS only)
Create merge request from branch Yes Yes
Create branch from Jira issue No Yes (introduced in GitLab 14.2)
  1. See GitLab data synced to Jira.

Connected projects in GitLab

The Jira development panel connects a Jira instance with all its projects to the following:

Information displayed in the development panel

You can view GitLab activity for a Jira issue in the Jira development panel by referring to the Jira issue by ID in GitLab. The information displayed in the development panel depends on where you mention the Jira issue ID in GitLab.

GitLab: where you mention the Jira issue IDJira development panel: what information is displayed
Merge request title or descriptionLink to the merge request
Link to the deployment
Link to the pipeline through merge request title
Link to the pipeline through merge request description 1
Link to the branch 2
Branch nameLink to the branch
Link to the deployment
Commit messageLink to the commit
Link to the deployment from up to 5,000 commits after the last successful deployment to the environment 3 4
Jira Smart CommitCustom comment, logged time, or workflow transition
  1. Introduced in GitLab 15.10.
  2. Introduced in GitLab 15.11.
  3. Introduced in GitLab 16.2 with a flag named jira_deployment_issue_keys. Enabled by default.
  4. Generally available in GitLab 16.3. Feature flag jira_deployment_issue_keys removed.

Jira Smart Commits


  • You must have GitLab and Jira user accounts with the same email address or username.
  • The commands must be in the first line of the commit message.
  • The commit message must not span more than one line.

Jira Smart Commits are special commands to process a Jira issue. With these commands, you can use GitLab to:

  • Add a custom comment to a Jira issue.
  • Log time against a Jira issue.
  • Transition a Jira issue to any status defined in the project workflow.

Smart Commits must follow this syntax:

<ISSUE_KEY> <ignored text> #<command> <optional command parameters>

You can execute one or more commands in a single commit.

Smart Commit syntax

Add a commentKEY-123 #comment Bug is fixed
Log timeKEY-123 #time 2w 4d 10h 52m Tracking work time
Close an issueKEY-123 #close Closing issue
Log time and close an issueKEY-123 #time 2d 5h #close
Add a comment and transition to In-progress KEY-123 #comment Started working on the issue #in-progress

For more information about how Smart Commits work and what commands are available to use, see: