GitLab Documentation

Automatic issue closing

Note: This is the user docs. In order to change the default issue closing pattern, follow the steps in the administration docs.

When a commit or merge request resolves one or more issues, it is possible to automatically have these issues closed when the commit or merge request lands in the project's default branch.

If a commit message or merge request description contains a sentence matching a certain regular expression, all issues referenced from the matched text will be closed. This happens when the commit is pushed to a project's default branch, or when a commit or merge request is merged into it.

Default closing pattern value

When not specified, the default issue closing pattern as shown below will be used:

((?:[Cc]los(?:e[sd]?|ing)|[Ff]ix(?:e[sd]|ing)?|[Rr]esolv(?:e[sd]?|ing))(:?) +(?:(?:issues? +)?%{issue_ref}(?:(?:, *| +and +)?)|([A-Z][A-Z0-9_]+-\d+))+)

Note that %{issue_ref} is a complex regular expression defined inside GitLab's source code that can match a reference to 1) a local issue (#123), 2) a cross-project issue (group/project#123) or 3) a link to an issue (

This translates to the following keywords:

For example the following commit message:

Awesome commit message

Fix #20, Fixes #21 and Closes group/otherproject#22.
This commit is also related to #17 and fixes #18, #19

will close #18, #19, #20, and #21 in the project this commit is pushed to, as well as #22 and #23 in group/otherproject. #17 won't be closed as it does not match the pattern. It works with multi-line commit messages as well as one-liners when used with git commit -m.