Broadcast Messages

GitLab can display broadcast messages to all users of a GitLab instance. There are two types of broadcast messages:

  • banners
  • notifications

You can style a message’s content using the a and br HTML tags. The br tag inserts a line break. The a HTML tag accepts class and style attributes with the following CSS properties:

  • color
  • border
  • background
  • padding
  • margin
  • text-decoration

Banners

Banners are shown on the top of a page.

Broadcast Message Banner

Notifications

Notifications are shown on the bottom right of a page and can contain placeholders. A placeholder is replaced with an attribute of the active user. Placeholders must be surrounded by curly braces, for example {{name}}. The available placeholders are:

  • {{email}}
  • {{name}}
  • {{user_id}}
  • {{username}}
  • {{instance_id}}

If the user is not signed in, user related values will be empty.

Broadcast Message Notification

Broadcast messages can be managed using the broadcast messages API.

Note: If more than one banner message is active at one time, they are displayed in a stack in order of creation. If more than one notification message is active at one time, only the newest is shown.

Adding a broadcast message

To display messages to users on your GitLab instance, add broadcast message.

To add a broadcast message:

  1. Navigate to the Admin Area > Messages page.
  2. Add the text for the message to the Message field. Markdown and emoji are supported.
  3. If required, click the Customize colors link to edit the background color and font color of the message.
  4. If required, add a Target Path to only show the broadcast message on URLs matching that path. You can use the wildcard character * to match multiple URLs, for example /users/*/issues.
  5. Select a date for the message to start and end.
  6. Click the Add broadcast message button.
Note: Once a broadcast message has expired, it is no longer displayed in the UI but is still listed in the list of broadcast messages. User can also dismiss a broadcast message if the option Dismissable is set.

Editing a broadcast message

If changes are required to a broadcast message, they can be edited.

To edit a broadcast message:

  1. Navigate to the Admin Area > Messages page.
  2. From the list of broadcast messages, click the appropriate button to edit the message.
  3. After making the required changes, click the Update broadcast message button.
Tip: Expired messages can be made active again by changing their end date.

Deleting a broadcast message

Broadcast messages that are no longer required can be deleted.

To delete a broadcast message:

  1. Navigate to the Admin Area > Messages page.
  2. From the list of broadcast messages, click the appropriate button to delete the message.

Once deleted, the broadcast message is removed from the list of broadcast messages.

Note: Broadcast messages can be deleted while active.