Export issues to CSV

Moved to GitLab Free in 12.10.

You can export issues as CSV files from GitLab, which are sent to your default notification email address as an attachment.

Export Issues to CSV enables you and your team to export all the data collected from issues into a comma-separated values (CSV) file, which stores tabular data in plain text.

CSV files can be used with any plotter or spreadsheet-based program, such as Microsoft Excel, Open Office Calc, or Google Sheets.

Here are some of the uses of exporting issues as CSV files:

  • Make a snapshot of issues for offline analysis or to communicate with other teams who may not be in GitLab.
  • Create diagrams, graphs, and charts from the CSV data.
  • Present the data in any other format for auditing or sharing reasons.
  • Import the issues elsewhere to a system outside of GitLab.
  • Long-term issues’ data analysis with multiple snapshots created along the time.
  • Use the long-term data to gather relevant feedback given in the issues, and improve your product based on real metrics.

Choosing which issues to include

After selecting a project, from the issues page you can narrow down which issues to export using the search bar, along with the All/Open/Closed tabs. All issues returned are exported, including those not shown on the first page.

CSV export button

GitLab asks you to confirm the number of issues and email address for the export, after which the email is prepared.

CSV export modal dialog


Exported issues are always sorted by Title.


Data is encoded with a comma as the column delimiter, with " used to quote fields if needed, and newlines to separate rows. The first row contains the headers, which are listed in the following table along with a description of the values:

Column Description
Title Issue title
Description Issue description
Issue ID Issue iid
URL A link to the issue on GitLab
State Open or Closed
Author Full name of the issue author
Author Username Username of the author, with the @ symbol omitted
Assignee Full name of the issue assignee
Assignee Username Username of the author, with the @ symbol omitted
Confidential Yes or No
Locked Yes or No
Due Date Formatted as YYYY-MM-DD
Created At (UTC) Formatted as YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS
Updated At (UTC) Formatted as YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS
Milestone Title of the issue milestone
Weight Issue weight
Labels Title of any labels joined with a ,
Time Estimate Time estimate in seconds
Time Spent Time spent in seconds
Epic ID ID of the parent epic, introduced in 12.7
Epic Title Title of the parent epic, introduced in 12.7

In GitLab 14.7 and earlier, the first two columns were Issue ID and URL, which caused an issue when importing back into GitLab.


  • Export Issues to CSV is not available at the Group’s Issues List.
  • Issues are sent as an email attachment, with a 15 MB export limit to ensure successful delivery across a range of email providers. If you reach the limit, we suggest narrowing the search before export, perhaps by exporting open and closed issues separately.
  • CSV files are plain text files. This means that the exported CSV file doesn’t contain any issue attachments.