Rich text editor

Version history
  • Introduced for wikis in GitLab 14.0.
  • Introduced for editing issue descriptions in GitLab 15.5 with a flag named content_editor_on_issues. Disabled by default.
  • Introduced for discussions, and creating and editing issues and merge requests in GitLab 15.11 with the same flag.
  • Introduced for epics in GitLab 16.1 with the same flag.
  • Feature flag content_editor_on_issues enabled by default in GitLab 16.2.
On self-managed GitLab, by default this feature is available. To hide the feature, an administrator can disable the feature flag named content_editor_on_issues. On, this feature is available.

The rich text editor is a “what you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) editor so you can use GitLab Flavored Markdown in descriptions and comments, even if you can’t remember all of its syntax.

Rich text editor in GitLab

Rich text editor is available in:

Features of the editor include:

  • Format text, including as bold, italics, block quotes, headings, and inline code.
  • Format ordered lists, unordered lists, and checklists.
  • Insert links, attachments, images, video, and audio.
  • Create and edit a table structure.
  • Insert and format code blocks with syntax highlighting.
  • Preview Mermaid, PlantUML, and Kroki diagrams in real time.

To track work on adding the rich text editor to more places across GitLab, see epic 7098.

Switch to the rich text editor

Use the rich text editor to edit descriptions, wiki pages, add comments.

To switch to the rich text editor: In a text box, in the lower-left corner, select Switch to rich text editing.

Switch to the plain text editor

If you want to enter Markdown source in the text box, return to using the plain text editor.

To switch to the plain text editor: In a text box, in the lower-left corner, select Switch to plain text editing.

Compatibility with GitLab Flavored Markdown

The rich text editor is fully compatible with GitLab Flavored Markdown. It means that you can switch between plain text and rich text modes without losing any data.

Input rules

Rich text editor also supports input rules that let you work with rich content as if you were typing Markdown.

Supported input rules:

Input rule syntaxContent inserted
# Heading 1

###### Heading 6
Headings 1 through 6
**bold** or __bold__ Bold text
_italics_ or *italics* Italicized text
codeInline code
```rb + Enter
```js + Enter
Code block
* List item, or
- List item, or
+ List item
Unordered list
1. List itemNumbered list
<details>Collapsible section


Unlike in raw Markdown, you can use the rich text editor to insert block content paragraphs, list items, diagrams (or even another table!) in table cells.

Insert a table

To insert a table:

  1. Select Insert table .
  2. From the dropdown list, select the dimensions of the new table.

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Edit a table

Inside a table cell, you can use a menu to insert or delete rows or columns.

To open the menu: In the upper-right corner of a cell, select the chevron .

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Operations on multiple cells

Select multiple cells and merge or split them.

To merge selected cells into one:

  1. Select multiple cells - select one and drag your cursor.
  2. In the upper-right corner of a cell, select the chevron > Merge N cells.

To split merged cells: In the upper-right corner of a cell, select the chevron > Split cell.

Insert diagrams

Insert Mermaid and PlantUML diagrams and preview them live as you type the diagram code.

To insert a diagram:

  1. On the top bar of a text box, select More options and then Mermaid diagram or PlantUML diagram.
  2. Enter the code for your diagram. The diagram preview appears in the text box.

Mermaid diagrams in rich text editor