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Due dates

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Due dates can be used in issues to keep track of deadlines and make sure features are shipped on time. Users need at least the Reporter role to be able to edit the due date. All users with permission to view the issue can view the due date.

Setting a due date

When creating an issue, select the Due date field to make a calendar appear for choosing the date. To remove the date, select the date text and delete it. The date is related to the server's time zone, not the time zone of the user setting the due date.

Create a due date

You can also set a due date by using the issue sidebar. Expand the sidebar and select Edit to pick a due date or remove the existing one. Changes are saved immediately.

Edit a due date with the sidebar

The last way to set a due date is by using quick actions, directly in an issue's description or comment:

  • /due <date>: set due date. Examples of valid <date> include in 2 days, this Friday, and December 31st.
  • /remove_due_date: remove due date.

Making use of due dates

You can see issues with their due dates in the issues list. Overdue issues have their icon and date colored red. To sort issues by their due dates, select Due date from the dropdown list on the right. Issues are then sorted from the earliest due date to the latest. To display issues with the latest due dates at the top, select Sort direction ({sort-lowest}).

Due dates also appear in your to-do list.

Issues with due dates in the to dos

The day before an open issue is due, an email is sent to all participants of the issue. Like the due date, the "day before the due date" is determined by the server's time zone.

Issues with due dates can also be exported as an iCalendar feed. The URL of the feed can be added to calendar applications. The feed is accessible by selecting the Subscribe to calendar option in the Actions ({ellipsis_v}) dropdown list on the following pages:

  • The Assigned Issues page linked on the right side of the GitLab header
  • The Project Issues page
  • The Group Issues page