This extension integrates GitLab into Visual Studio Code. After you set up the extension, you can:
- View GitLab issues and merge requests.
View issues, comments, merge requests, and changed files in the sidebar,
or build a custom search
to meet your needs.
- Create and review merge requests.
- Validate your GitLab CI/CD configuration locally with a command.
- Manage your pipelines. View your pipeline status
and open the related merge request. With advanced pipeline actions,
you can create, retry, or cancel a pipeline.
- Manage snippets. Create and insert
snippets, and apply snippet patches.
- Browse a GitLab repository directly
in Visual Studio Code without cloning it.
- Auto-complete GitLab CI/CD variables in your
.gitlab-ci.yml pipeline file, and any file beginning with
.gitlab-ci and ending with
Supports multiple GitLab instances.
If you have trouble setting up a GitLab account on Ubuntu, please see this existing issue.
Minimum supported version
This extension supports GitLab versions 13.0 and later. Even though most of the extension's features work with older versions, we currently don't actively support GitLab instances below version 13.0.
To find your GitLab version, visit
You need to set up your access token(s) to use these features, please see Setup section below.
Browse issues, review MRs
See your issues, MRs (including changed files) and other custom search results on a dedicated panel in the VS Code sidebar. Read more
Information about your branch - pipelines, MR, closing issue
See pipeline status, open MR and closing issue links in the status bar. Read more.
This pipeline status automatically updates so you don't need to open GitLab to see your pipeline status.
Advanced pipeline actions allow you to view pipeline on GitLab, create a new pipeline, retry or cancel current pipeline. Read more.
You can use Command Palette to run the commands.
GitLab: Search project issues (Supports filters). Read more
GitLab: Search project merge requests (Supports filters). Read more
GitLab: Project Advanced Search (Issues, MR's, commits, comments...). Read more
GitLab: Create snippet - Create public, internal or private snippet from entire file or selection. Read more.
GitLab: Insert snippet - Insert a project snippet, supports multi-file snippets. Read more.
GitLab: Compare current branch with master - Compare your branch with master and view changes on GitLab. Read more.
GitLab: Open active file on GitLab - View active file on GitLab with highlighting active line number and selected text block. Read more.
GitLab: Validate GitLab CI config - Validate GitLab CI configuration file
.gitlab-ci.yml. Read more.
GitLab: Open merge request for current branch
GitLab: Show issues assigned to me - Open issues assigned to you on GitLab.
GitLab: Show merge requests assigned to me - Open MRs assigned to you on GitLab.
GitLab: Open current project on GitLab
GitLab: Create new issue on current project
GitLab: Create new merge request on current project - Open the merge request page to create a merge request.
GitLab: Open Remote Repository - Browse a remote GitLab repository. Read more.
Commands this extension extends or integrates with:
Git: Clone - Search for and clone projects for every GitLab instance you set up. Read more, Official Documentation
Git: Add Remote... - Add existing projects as remote from every GitLab instance you set up.
This extension requires you to create a GitLab personal access token, and assign it to the extension:
- Install the extension from the Visual Studio Marketplace and enable it. If you use an unofficial version of VS Code, install the extension from the Open VSX Registry.
- Optional. To sign in to GitLab.com, you can run the command
GitLab: Authenticate to GitLab.com to authenticate using OAuth. This feature is not available for self-managed installations.
- If you did not sign in with OAuth, create a personal access token with the
- Copy the token. For security reasons, this value is never displayed again, so you must copy this value now.
- Open Visual Studio Code, then open the command palette by pressing Command + Shift + P.
- In the command palette, search for GitLab: Add Account and press Enter.
- In the URL to GitLab instance, paste the full URL to your GitLab instance, including the
https://. Press Enter to confirm.
- Paste in your GitLab personal access token and press Enter. The token is not displayed, nor is it accessible to others.
The extension automatically matches your Git repository remote URL with the GitLab instance URL you specified for your token. If this automatic matching fails, you can right-click (Ctrl+click on MacOS) the repository in the GitLab Tree View and resolve the problem.
The extension is ready to use. If your project has a pipeline for the last commit, and a merge request from your current branch, information about both is displayed in the Visual Studio Code status bar.
Set token with environment variables
If you often delete your VS Code storage (such as in Gitpod containers) you can create environment variables before starting VS Code. If you set the token in an environment variable you don't have to set the personal access token every time you delete your VS Code storage.
The token configured in an environment variable is overridden if you configure a token for the same GitLab instance in the extension.
Self-signed certificate authority
If your GitLab uses a self-signed CA (certificate authority), please read
the SSL setup guide
and the settings for self-signed certificates
To learn how to change the VS Code Settings, read the official Settings documentation.
If you use self-signed certificates to connect to your GitLab instance, read the
settings for self-signed certificates.
gitlab.showStatusBarLinks (default: true)
If you don't want to see GitLab-related links on the status bar, you can set this option to
false. If you are using version 1.0.0 or later, you can also find the same links in sidebar. You should restart VS Code after updating this option.
gitlab.showIssueLinkOnStatusBar (default: true)
If you are not using the GitLab issue tracker, you can set this option to
false to remove related issue links on the status bar. You should restart VS Code after updating this option.
gitlab.showMrStatusOnStatusBar (default: true)
You can toggle visibility of the merge request link in your sidebar. You can always find a merge request link in GitLab Workflow sidebar. You should restart VS Code after updating this option.
gitlab.pipelineGitRemoteName (default: null)
The name of the Git remote name corresponding to the GitLab repository with your pipelines. If set to
null or missing, then the extension uses the same remote as for the non-pipeline features.
gitlab.debug (default: false)
Setting this option to
true enables debug mode. Debug mode improves error stack trace because the extension will use source maps to understand minified code. Debug mode also shows debug log messages in the extension logs.
Defines the search queries that retrieves the items shown on the GitLab Panel. See Custom Queries documentation for more details.
GitLab Workflow allows you to view issue details and comments right in the VS Code. Click an issue link from the sidebar and VS Code will open a new tab to show the issue details. You can also comment on the issue from VS Code.
You can use GitLab Slash Commands to perform actions directly from VS Code. For example, to assign an issue to
@fatihacet, simply add a comment
/assign @fatihacet inside VS Code.
Merge Request Reviews
GitLab Workflow enables you to review merge requests directly inside the editor:
- In the left-hand sidebar, go to Issues and Merge Requests.
- Select the appropriate merge request filter to view a list of merge requests.
- Expand a relevant merge request to view the description and files changed.
- Select a file to open it, and view the diff.
From the diff, you can:
- Review and create discussions.
- Resolve and unresolve these discussions.
- Delete and edit individual comments.
Extension will add a GitLab Workflow panel to sidebar of VS Code. The dedicated panel will allow you to see the list of your issues and MRs (you can decide the exact queries by using the custom queries). Also you will be able to see pipeline, MR and issue links for your current branch.
You can see the issue and MR details by clicking on the issue item or by expanding the MR item and clicking on "Description". When you expand the MR, you can see all the changed files. When you click on a changed file, the extension opens the MR diff.
One of the real power features of this extension is pipeline actions. This feature can be accessible from the status bar by clicking the pipeline status text or command palette and allows you to,
- View the latest pipeline on GitLab
- Create a new pipeline for your current branch
- Retry the last pipeline
- Cancel the last pipeline
Status bar - details
If your current project is a GitLab project, the extension will do the following things:
- Fetch pipeline of the last commit and show it on the status bar. Clicking this item will open the pipeline actions menu.
- Show open MR for current branch and show it on the status bar. Clicking this item will open MR on GitLab.
- Fetch closing issue of that MR and show it on the status bar. Clicking this item will open Issue on GitLab.
GitLab Workflow extension provides you two types of search. Search with filters and Advanced Search.
Search with filters
It allows users to search issues/MRs against their title and description fields. In the search input, you can type your search term and hit Enter, for example,
Inconsistent line endings for HEX files or
Pipelines should ignore retried builds.
It can become more powerful by allowing you to filter issues/MRs by author, assignee, milestone, title etc. Below is the full list of supported filter tokens
||Search issues/MRs against their title and description. You don't need to add quotes around multiple words. See Important notes section.
||Comma separated label list for multiple labels.
labels: frontend, Discussion, performance
||To search with a single label. You can also have multiple
label: frontend or
label:frontend label: Discussion
||Milestone title without
||Searches issues/MRs for the given scope. Values can be
all. Defaults to
scope: created-by-me or
scope: assigned-to-me or
||Username of the author without
||Username of the assignee without
title: new merge request widget author: fatihacet assignee: jschatz1 labels: frontend, performance milestone: 10.5
title: multiple group page author: annabeldunstone assignee: timzallmann label: frontend
: after the token name is necessary.
label : is not a valid token name and may return parsing error. Hence
label: should be used. However, space after the token name is optional. Both
label: frontend and
label:frontend is valid. This rule is valid for all tokens above.
- You don't need to add quotes around multiple words for
title:"new merge request widget" may return parsing error.
title: new merge request widget should be used.
- You can have
label tokens at the same time.
labels: fronted discussion label: performance is a valid query and all labels will be included in your search query. It's equal with
labels: fronted discussion performance. You can also have multiple
label: frontend label: discussion label: performance is valid and equals to
labels: fronted discussion performance.
Search with Advanced Search
GitLab provides Advanced Search feature which is backed by Elasticsearch. Please see Advanced Search syntax for more details.
You can create a snippet from selection or entire file. You can also select visibility level of your snippet.
You can insert public and private project snippets. The insert supports multi-file snippets.
Create and apply snippet patch
Creating a snippet patch is a great way to suggest a multi-file change during MR review.
- Locally check out the branch where you want to suggest changes.
- Edit the project's code.
- Run command
GitLab: Create snippet patch. This stores the result of the
git diff command in a GitLab snippet in your project.
- VS Code opens a GitLab web page with the snippet patch. The snippet's description contains instructions on how to apply the patch.
- Other team members can apply the snippet using the
GitLab: Apply snippet patch command.
Compare with master
You can see changes in your branch by comparing with
master and see them on GitLab.
Soon, the extension will support comparing your current branch with other branches.
Open active file
This command allows you to see active file on GitLab. Extension sends active line number and selected text block to GitLab UI so you can see them highlighted.
Validate GitLab CI Configuration
Using this command, you can quickly validate GitLab CI configuration.
CI variable autocompletion
Quickly find the CI variable you are looking for with the CI variable autocompletion.
Clone GitLab projects
This extension integrates with the built-in Git Extension and allows you to search for and clone projects from GitLab (command
- You can search for projects on each GitLab instance for which you added an access-token.
- Only projects where you are a member of are displayed.
- You can clone with SSH or HTTPS
- With HTTPS your access-token will be used for cloning the repository and fetching/pushing commits. This is also the case for all GitLab projects that are cloned manually with HTTPS and then opened in VS Code.
NOTE: Using the access-token for cloning with HTTPS does not work with VS Code version 1.53.x (See discussion)
Browse a repository without cloning
With this extension, you can browse a GitLab repository without cloning it. While similar to the GitHub Repositories extension, remote GitLab repository browsing is read-only.
To open and browse a repository, either:
- Run the GitLab: Open Remote Repository command
- Select Choose Project option.
- Select GitLab instance, project and branch/tag that you would like to browse
Alternatively, run the GitLab: Open Remote Repository command and select "Enter gitlab-remote URL" option or manually add a
gitlab-remote URL to your workspace file. For information about how to create GitLab remote URL, please see GitLab remote URL format documentation
This extension is open source and hosted on GitLab. Contributions are more than welcome. Feel free to fork and add new features or submit bug reports.
A list of the great people who contributed this project, and made it even more awesome, is available. Thank you all! 🎉