Draft merge requests

If a merge request is not yet ready to be merged, perhaps due to continued development or open threads, you can prevent it from being accepted before it’s ready by flagging it as a Draft. This will disable the “Merge” button, preventing it from being merged, and it will stay disabled until the “Draft” flag has been removed.

Blocked Merge Button

Adding the “Draft” flag to a merge request

Introduced in GitLab 13.2, Work-In-Progress (WIP) merge requests were renamed to Draft. Support for using WIP will be removed in GitLab 14.0.

There are several ways to flag a merge request as a Draft:

  • Add [Draft], Draft: or (Draft) to the start of the merge request’s title. Clicking on Start the title with Draft:, under the title box, when editing the merge request’s description will have the same effect.
  • Deprecated Add [WIP] or WIP: to the start of the merge request’s title. WIP still works but was deprecated in favor of Draft. It will be removed in the next major version (GitLab 14.0).
  • Add the /wip quick action in a comment in the merge request. This is a toggle, and can be repeated to change the status back. Note that any other text in the comment will be discarded.
  • Add draft: or Draft: to the start of a commit message targeting the merge request’s source branch. This is not a toggle, and doing it again in another commit will have no effect.

Removing the “Draft” flag from a merge request

Similar to above, when a Merge Request is ready to be merged, you can remove the Draft flag in several ways:

  • Remove [Draft], Draft: or (Draft) from the start of the merge request’s title. Clicking on Remove the Draft: prefix from the title, under the title box, when editing the merge request’s description, will have the same effect.
  • Add the /wip quick action in a comment in the merge request. This is a toggle, and can be repeated to change the status back. Note that any other text in the comment will be discarded.
  • Click on the Resolve Draft status button near the bottom of the merge request description, next to the Merge button (see image above). Must have at least Developer level permissions on the project for the button to be visible.

Including/excluding WIP merge requests when searching

When viewing/searching the merge requests list, you can choose to include or exclude WIP merge requests by adding a “WIP” filter in the search box, and choosing “Yes” (to include) or “No” (to exclude).

Filter WIP MRs