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Import your project from Bitbucket Cloud

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Import your projects from Bitbucket Cloud to GitLab.

The Bitbucket importer can import:

  • Repository description
  • Git repository data
  • Issues
  • Issue comments
  • Pull requests
  • Pull request comments
  • Milestones
  • Wiki
  • Labels
  • Milestones
  • LFS objects

When importing:

  • References to pull requests and issues are preserved.
  • Repository public access is retained. If a repository is private in Bitbucket, it's created as private in GitLab as well.

NOTE: The Bitbucket Cloud importer works only with, not with Bitbucket Server (aka Stash). If you are trying to import projects from Bitbucket Server, use the Bitbucket Server importer.

When issues, pull requests, and comments are imported, the Bitbucket importer uses the Bitbucket nickname of the author/assignee and tries to find the same Bitbucket identity in GitLab. If they don't match or the user is not found in the GitLab database, the project creator (most of the times the current user that started the import process) is set as the author, but a reference on the issue about the original Bitbucket author is kept.

For pull requests:

  • If the source SHA does not exist in the repository, the importer attempts to set the source commit to the merge commit SHA.
  • The merge request assignee is set to the author. Reviewers are set with usernames matching Bitbucket identities in GitLab.
  • Approvals are not imported.
  • Merge requests in GitLab can be either can be either opened, closed or merged.

For issues:

  • A label is added corresponding to the type of issue on Bitbucket. Either bug, enhancement, proposal or task.
  • If the issue on Bitbucket was one of resolved, invalid, duplicate, wontfix, or closed, the issue is closed on GitLab.

The importer creates any new namespaces (groups) if they don't exist or in the case the namespace is taken, the repository is imported under the user's namespace that started the import process.


  • Requirement for Maintainer role instead of Developer role introduced in GitLab 16.0 and backported to GitLab 15.11.1 and GitLab 15.10.5.
  • Bitbucket Cloud integration must be enabled. If that integration is not enabled, ask your GitLab administrator to enable it. The Bitbucket Cloud integration is enabled by default on
  • Bitbucket Cloud import source must be enabled. If not enabled, ask your GitLab administrator to enable it. The Bitbucket Cloud import source is enabled by default on
  • At least the Maintainer role on the destination group to import to.
  • Pull requests in Bitbucket must have the same source and destination project and not be from a fork of a project. Otherwise, the pull requests are imported as empty merge requests.

Requirements for user-mapped contributions

For user contributions to be mapped, each user must complete the following before the project import:

  1. Verify that the username in the Bitbucket account settings matches the public name in the Atlassian account settings. If they don't match, modify the public name in the Atlassian account settings to match the username in the Bitbucket account settings.

  2. Connect your Bitbucket account in GitLab profile service sign-in.

  3. Set your public email.

Import your Bitbucket repositories

  • Ability to re-import projects introduced in GitLab 15.9.
  1. Sign in to GitLab.

  2. On the left sidebar, at the top, select Create new ({plus}) and New project/repository.

  3. Select Import project.

  4. Select Bitbucket Cloud.

  5. Log in to Bitbucket and grant GitLab access to your Bitbucket account.

    Grant access

  6. Select the projects that you'd like to import or import all projects. You can filter projects by name and select the namespace each project is imported for.

  7. To import a project:

    • For the first time: Select Import.
    • Again: Select Re-import. Specify a new name and select Re-import again. Re-importing creates a new copy of the source project.

Generate a Bitbucket Cloud app password

If you want to use the GitLab REST API to import a Bitbucket Cloud repository, you must create a Bitbucket Cloud app password.

To generate a Bitbucket Cloud app password:

  1. Go to

  2. In the Access Management section, select App passwords.

  3. Select Create app password.

  4. Enter password name.

  5. Select at least the following permissions:

    Account: Email, Read
    Projects: Read
    Repositories: Read
    Pull Requests: Read
    Issues: Read
    Wiki: Read and Write
  6. Select Create.


If you have more than one Bitbucket account

Be sure to sign in to the correct account.

If you've accidentally started the import process with the wrong account, follow these steps:

  1. Revoke GitLab access to your Bitbucket account, essentially reversing the process in the following procedure: Import your Bitbucket repositories.

  2. Sign out of the Bitbucket account. Follow the procedure linked from the previous step.

User mapping fails despite matching names

For user mapping to work, the username in the Bitbucket account settings must match the public name in the Atlassian account settings. If these names match but user mapping still fails, the user may have modified their Bitbucket username after connecting their Bitbucket account in the GitLab profile service sign-in.

To fix this, the user must verify that their Bitbucket external UID in the GitLab database matches their current Bitbucket public name, and reconnect if there's a mismatch:

  1. Use the API to get the currently authenticated user.

  2. In the API response, the identities attribute contains the Bitbucket account that exists in the GitLab database. If the extern_uid doesn't match the current Bitbucket public name, the user should reconnect their Bitbucket account in the GitLab profile service sign-in.

  3. Following reconnection, the user should use the API again to verify that their extern_uid in the GitLab database now matches their current Bitbucket public name.

The importer must then delete the imported project and import again.