GitLab Jira Integration

Ensure developers in GitLab and project managers in Jira remain in tune

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First-class Jira integration

GitLab is a complete DevOps platform, delivered as a single application for everything from project planning and source code management to CI/CD, monitoring, and security. GitLab issues is a powerful tool for idea management, iteration planning, issue tracking and software development.

However, we recognize that many organizations have been using Jira for many years and have existing data and business processes built into it. For some of these customers, this means it can be difficult and cost-prohibitive to move off of Jira. Core to our beliefs is that your people (and tools) work better when they're all in one place, so to serve these customers, we are building an excellent integration that makes GitLab work wonderfully alongside Jira.

If and when you are ready to migrate to GitLab issues, we also provide the tools and practices to help you with that.

See our current integration features and future plans below.


Integrate Jira with GitLab merge requests

If you want to continue using Jira, we have you covered. Here's a short list of what you can do when integrating GitLab with Jira.

  • One GitLab project integrates with all the Jira projects in a single Jira instance.
  • Quickly navigate to Jira issues from GitLab.
  • Detect and link to Jira issues from GitLab commits and merge requests.
  • Log GitLab events in the associated Jira issue.
  • Automatically close (transition) Jira issues with GitLab commits and merge requests.

Migrate from Jira to GitLab issues

Have you used GitLab issues before? We offer a lot of great functionality that is comparable to Jira or even better!

  • Issue Boards can be used in place of the Agile feature of Jira. If you use Scrum, GitLab Issue Boards will be a nice fit.

    Learn more about Issue Boards

  • Related issues are a bi-directional relationship between any two issues and appear in a block below the issue description. Issues can span groups and projects.

    Learn more about Related Issues

  • Milestones allow you to organize issues and merge requests into a cohesive group, optionally setting a start and a due date. They are a valuable tool to track the development of the process of achieving a goal.

    Learn more about Milestones

  • Burndown Charts can be used to see the current state for the completion a given milestone in a clear and beautiful chart.

    Learn more about Burndown Charts

  • Due dates can be used in issues to keep track of deadlines and make sure features ship on time.

    Learn more about Due dates

  • Adding a weight to each issue provides a better idea of how much time, value or complexity a given issue has or will cost. This is particularly useful when a large number of issues makes it difficult to create an overview.

    Learn more about Issue Weights

  • Import Jira Issues CSV export into GitLab Issues to make it easier to migrate from Jira to GitLab.

    Learn more about importing issues via CSV


Upcoming features

We're constantly working on improving GitLab's integration with Jira. Here's a list of features we're considering implementing:

Integration features

  • Mass-integration at a Group and Instance level: Empower organizations with thousands of projects to set up complex and sophisticated inheritance, providing all of those projects with correct settings from day one and beyond. Subscribe to issue
  • Jira transitions for non-default GitLab branches: Extend the functionality of the issue closing pattern on branches other than the default. Subscribe to issue

Import features

  • Programmatically import Jira project issues into GitLab project issues: switch from Jira to GitLab as your ticketing system via an automated importer. Subscribe to issue

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