Milestones in GitLab are a way to track issues and merge requests created to achieve a broader goal in a certain period of time.


Milestones allow you to organize issues and merge requests into a cohesive group, optionally setting a start and a due date.

With milestones you can set a deadline for certain achievement you're targeting, and assign this milestone to issues and merge requests that together compose this broader goal.

Milestones are a valuable tool to track the development of the process of achieving that goal. From a milestone, you view the status of issues and merge requests, its contributors, and opened and closed issues for each label.

With GitLab Enterprise Edition Starter, you will also see a Burndown Chart for your milestone, which gives a visual insight over the progress of the conclusion of that milestone:

milestones with burndown charts

Use cases

There are numerous cases you can create a milestone for. For example:

  • Track an upcoming software version
  • Track the launch of a new product
  • Track the progress of achievements per quarter for your team
  • Track the community contribution for a new feature in your open source application

Creating a project milestone

Note: You need Master permissions in order to create a milestone.

You can find the milestones page under your project's Issues ➔ Milestones. To create a new milestone, simply click the New milestone button when in the milestones page. A milestone can have a title, a description and start/due dates. Once you fill in all the details, hit the Create milestone button.

Note: The start/due dates are required if you intend to use Burndown charts.

Creating a milestone

Creating a group milestone

Note: You need Master permissions in order to create a milestone.

You can create a milestone for a group that will be shared across group projects. On the group's Issues ➔ Milestones page, you will be able to see the state of that milestone and the issues/merge requests count that it shares across the group projects. To create a new milestone click the New milestone button. The form is the same as when creating a milestone for a specific project which you can find in the previous item.

In addition to that you will be able to filter issues or merge requests by group milestones in all projects that belongs to the milestone group.

Milestone promotion

Project milestones can be promoted to group milestones if its project belongs to a group. When a milestone is promoted all other milestones across the group projects with the same title will be merged into it, which means all milestone's children like issues, merge requests and boards will be moved into the new promoted milestone. The promote button can be found in the milestone view or milestones list.

Special milestone filters

In addition to the milestones that exist in the project or group, there are some special options available when filtering by milestone:

  • No Milestone - only show issues or merge requests without a milestone.
  • Upcoming - show issues or merge request that belong to the next open milestone with a due date, by project. (For example: if project A has milestone v1 due in three days, and project B has milestone v2 due in a week, then this will show issues or merge requests from milestone v1 in project A and milestone v2 in project B.)
  • Started - show issues or merge requests from any milestone with a start date less than today. Note that this can return results from several milestones in the same project.

Milestone sidebar

The milestone sidebar shows percentage complete, start date and due date, issues, total issue weight, total issue time spent, and merge requests.

The percentage complete is calcualted as: Closed and merged merge requests plus all closed issues divided by total merge requests and issues.

Milestone sidebar

Burndown Charts

Burndown Charts, available in GitLab Enterprise Edition Starter, are visual representations of the progress of completing a milestone.

burndown chart

Burndown charts are only available for project milestones currently. They will be available for group milestones in the future.

Quick actions

Quick actions are available for assigning and removing project and group milestones.