Timeline events

Introduced in GitLab 15.2 with a flag named incident_timeline. Enabled by default.

On self-managed GitLab, by default this feature is available. To hide the feature, ask an administrator to disable the feature flag named incident_timeline. On GitLab.com, this feature is available.

Incident timelines are an important part of record keeping for incidents. Timelines can show executives and external viewers what happened during an incident, and which steps were taken for it to be resolved.

View the timeline

Incident timeline events are listed in ascending order of the date and time. They are grouped with dates and are listed in ascending order of the time when they occurred:

Incident timeline events list

To view the event timeline of an incident:

  1. On the top bar, select Main menu > Projects and find your project.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Monitor > Incidents.
  3. Select an incident.
  4. Select the Timeline tab.

Create an event

You can create a timeline event in many ways in GitLab.

Using the form

Create a timeline event manually using the form.

Prerequisites:

  • You must have at least the Developer role for the project.

To create a timeline event:

  1. On the top bar, select Main menu > Projects and find your project.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Monitor > Incidents.
  3. Select an incident.
  4. Select the Timeline tab.
  5. Select Add new timeline event.
  6. Complete the required fields.
  7. Select Save or Save and add another event.

Using a quick action

Introduced in GitLab 15.4.

You can create a timeline event using the /timeline quick action.

From a comment on the incident

Introduced in GitLab 15.4.

Prerequisites:

  • You must have at least the Developer role for the project.

To create a timeline event from a comment on the incident:

  1. On the top bar, select Main menu > Projects and find your project.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Monitor > Incidents.
  3. Select an incident.
  4. Create a comment or choose an existing comment.
  5. On the comment you want to add, select Add comment to incident timeline ().

The comment is shown on the incident timeline as a timeline event.

Delete an event

You can also delete timeline events.

Prerequisites:

  • You must have at least the Developer role for the project.

To delete a timeline event:

  1. On the top bar, select Main menu > Projects and find your project.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Monitor > Incidents.
  3. Select an incident.
  4. Select the Timeline tab.
  5. On the right of a timeline event, select More actions () and then select Delete.
  6. To confirm, select Delete Event.