Introduced in GitLab 8.14.
Time Tracking allows you to track estimates and time spent on issues and merge requests within GitLab.
Time Tracking allows you to:
- Record the time spent working on an issue or a merge request.
- Add an estimate of the amount of time needed to complete an issue or a merge request.
You don't have to indicate an estimate to enter the time spent, and vice versa.
Data about time tracking is shown on the issue/merge request sidebar, as shown below.
How to enter data
Time Tracking uses two quick actions
that GitLab introduced with this new feature:
Quick actions can be used in the body of an issue or a merge request, but also in a comment in both an issue or a merge request.
Below is an example of how you can use those new quick actions inside a comment.
Adding time entries (time spent or estimates) is limited to project members.
To enter an estimate, write
/estimate, followed by the time. For example, if
you need to enter an estimate of 3 days, 5 hours and 10 minutes, you would write
/estimate 3d 5h 10m. Time units that we support are listed at the bottom of
this help page.
Every time you enter a new time estimate, any previous time estimates are overridden by this new value. There should only be one valid estimate in an issue or a merge request.
To remove an estimation entirely, use
To enter a time spent, use
/spend 3d 5h 10m.
Every new time spent entry is added to the current total time spent for the issue or the merge request.
You can remove time by entering a negative amount: for example,
/spend -3d removes three
days from the total time spent. You can't go below 0 minutes of time spent,
so GitLab automatically resets the time spent if you remove a larger amount
of time compared to the time that was entered already.
To remove all the time spent at once, use
The following time units are available:
- Months (mo)
- Weeks (w)
- Days (d)
- Hours (h)
- Minutes (m)
Default conversion rates are 1mo = 4w, 1w = 5d and 1d = 8h.
Limit displayed units to hours (CORE ONLY)
Introduced in GitLab 12.1.
In GitLab self-managed instances, the display of time units can be limited to hours through the option in Admin Area > Settings > Preferences under Localization.
With this option enabled,
75h is displayed instead of
1w 4d 3h.