Import your project from Bitbucket Cloud to GitLab

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.

Import your projects from Bitbucket Cloud to GitLab with minimal effort.


  • At its current state, the Bitbucket importer can import:
    • the repository description (GitLab 7.7+)
    • the Git repository data (GitLab 7.7+)
    • the issues (GitLab 7.7+)
    • the issue comments (GitLab 8.15+)
    • the pull requests (GitLab 8.4+)
    • the pull request comments (GitLab 8.15+)
    • the milestones (GitLab 8.15+)
    • the wiki (GitLab 8.15+)
  • References to pull requests and issues are preserved (GitLab 8.7+)
  • Repository public access is retained. If a repository is private in Bitbucket it will be created as private in GitLab as well.


The Bitbucket Cloud integration must be first enabled in order to be able to import your projects from Bitbucket Cloud. Ask your GitLab administrator to enable this if not already.

How it works

When issues/pull requests are being imported, the Bitbucket importer tries to find the Bitbucket author/assignee in GitLab’s database using the Bitbucket ID. For this to work, the Bitbucket author/assignee should have signed in beforehand in GitLab and associated their Bitbucket account. If the user is not found in GitLab’s 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.

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

Importing your Bitbucket repositories

  1. Sign in to GitLab and go to your dashboard.
  2. Click on New project.

  3. Click on the “Bitbucket Cloud” button.


  4. Grant GitLab access to your Bitbucket account

    Grant access

  5. Click on the projects that you’d like to import or Import all projects. You can also select the namespace under which each project will be imported.

    Import projects