GitLab Quick Actions

Quick actions are textual shortcuts for common actions on issues, epics, merge requests, and commits that are usually done by clicking buttons or dropdowns in GitLab’s UI. You can enter these commands while creating a new issue or merge request, or in comments of issues, epics, merge requests, and commits. Each command should be on a separate line in order to be properly detected and executed. Once executed,

From GitLab 12.1, an alert is displayed when a quick action is successfully applied.

Quick Actions for issues, merge requests and epics

The following quick actions are applicable to descriptions, discussions and threads in:

  • Issues
  • Merge requests
  • Epics
Command Issue Merge request Epic Action
/tableflip <comment> Append the comment with (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
/shrug <comment> Append the comment with ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
/todo Add a To Do
/done Mark To Do as done
/subscribe Subscribe
/unsubscribe Unsubscribe
/close Close
/reopen Reopen
/title <new title> Change title
/award :emoji: Toggle emoji award
/assign me   Assign yourself
/assign @user   Assign one user
/assign @user1 @user2   Assign multiple users
/reassign @user1 @user2   Change assignee
/unassign   Remove current assignee
/unassign @user1 @user2   Remove assignee(s)
/milestone %milestone   Set milestone
/remove_milestone   Remove milestone
/label ~label1 ~label2 Add label(s). Label names can also start without ~ but mixed syntax is not supported
/relabel ~label1 ~label2 Replace existing label(s) with those specified
/unlabel ~label1 ~label2 Remove all or specific label(s)
/copy_metadata <#issue>   Copy labels and milestone from another issue in the project
/copy_metadata <!merge_request>   Copy labels and milestone from another merge request in the project
/estimate <<W>w <DD>d <hh>h <mm>m>   Set time estimate. For example, /estimate 1w 3d 2h 14m
/remove_estimate   Remove time estimate
/spend <time(<h>h <mm>m)> <date(<YYYY-MM-DD>)>   Add spent time; optionally specify the date that time was spent on. For example, /spend time(1h 30m) or /spend time(1h 30m) date(2018-08-26)
/spend <time(-<h>h <mm>m)> <date(<YYYY-MM-DD>)>   Subtract spent time; optionally specify the date that time was spent on. For example, /spend time(-1h 30m) or /spend time(-1h 30m) date(2018-08-26)
/remove_time_spent   Remove time spent
/lock   Lock the thread
/unlock   Unlock the thread
/due <date>     Set due date. Examples of valid <date> include in 2 days, this Friday and December 31st
/remove_due_date     Remove due date
/weight <value>     Set weight. Valid options for <value> include 0, 1, 2, etc
/clear_weight     Clear weight
/epic <epic>     Add to epic <epic>. The <epic> value should be in the format of &epic, group&epic, or a URL to an epic.
/remove_epic     Remove from epic
/promote     Promote issue to epic
/confidential     Make confidential
/duplicate <#issue>     Mark this issue as a duplicate of another issue
/create_merge_request <branch name>     Create a new merge request starting from the current issue
/relate #issue1 #issue2     Mark issues as related
/move <path/to/project>     Move this issue to another project
/zoom <Zoom URL>     Add Zoom meeting to this issue. (Introduced in GitLab 12.4)
/remove_zoom     Remove Zoom meeting from this issue. (Introduced in GitLab 12.4)
/target_branch <local branch name>     Set target branch
/wip     Toggle the Work In Progress status
/approve     Approve the merge request
/merge     Merge (when pipeline succeeds)
/child_epic <epic>     Add child epic to <epic>. The <epic> value should be in the format of &epic, group&epic, or a URL to an epic. (Introduced in GitLab 12.0)
/remove_child_epic <epic>     Remove child epic from <epic>. The <epic> value should be in the format of &epic, group&epic, or a URL to an epic. (Introduced in GitLab 12.0)
/parent_epic <epic>     Set parent epic to <epic>. The <epic> value should be in the format of &epic, group&epic, or a URL to an epic. (introduced in GitLab 12.1)
/remove_parent_epic     Remove parent epic from epic (introduced in GitLab 12.1)

Autocomplete characters

Many quick actions require a parameter, for example: username, milestone, and label. Autocomplete characters can make it easier to enter a parameter, compared to selecting items from a list.

Quick actions parameters

The easiest way to set parameters for quick actions is to use autocomplete. If you manually enter a parameter, it must be enclosed in double quotation marks ("), unless it contains only:

  1. ASCII letters.
  2. Numerals.
  3. Underscore, hyphen, question mark, dot, and ampersand.

Parameters are also case-sensitive. Autocomplete handles this, and the insertion of quotation marks, automatically.

Quick actions for commit messages

The following quick actions are applicable for commit messages:

Command Action
/tag v1.2.3 <message> Tags this commit with an optional message