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Bitbucket Server Integration

You can integrate a project in YouTrack with VCS repositories on a self-hosted Bitbucket Server.

Integration with Bitbucket Server enables the following features in YouTrack:

  • Apply commands to YouTrack issues in commit messages. For more information, see Apply Commands in VCS Commits.

  • Track commits that are related to specific issues in the activity stream for each issue. For more information, see Commits.

  • Display the status of pull (merge) requests directly in the activity stream of any issue that is referenced in the title or description of the pull request. For details, see Pull Requests.

  • Add links to YouTrack issues in commit messages or branch names. For more information, see Link Issues in VCS Commits.


  • YouTrack is accessible to inbound connections. Specifically, you need to make sure that your network doesn't block connections between your VCS server and YouTrack.

  • The account that you use to connect to Bitbucket Server has admin-level access to the repository. This is the user account whose personal access token is used for authentication. If you use an account that does not have admin-level access to the repository, you encounter a You are not permitted to access this resource error.

Generate an Access Token in Bitbucket Server

The first thing you should do is generate an HTTP access token in Bitbucket Server. This token grants YouTrack access to the repository based on the access that is granted to your Bitbucket Server account. You can also create HTTP access tokens that grant permission to access at the project or repository level.

When you generate the token, you need to grant it the following permissions:



Project permissions

Project read

Repository permissions

Repository admin

If you generate the access token at the repository level, you don't have to specify permissions for the project.

To learn how to generate an HTTP access token in Bitbucket Server, please refer to the Bitbucket Support.

Configure the Bitbucket Server Integration

To connect with Bitbucket Server, you need to enter an HTTP access token that is associated with your Bitbucket Server user account, project, or repository. This authentication grants YouTrack access to the repository based on the permissions that are granted to the access token.

To connect to a Bitbucket Server repository:

  1. In the administration menu, select VCS Integrations.

  2. Click the New VCS Integration button.

    • The New VCS Integration dialog opens.

      new Bitbucket Server VCS integration
  3. From the Main YouTrack project list, select the name of the primary project that you want to integrate with the VCS repository. You can add integrations with additional YouTrack projects after you have set up the connection to the repository.

  4. For the Server type, select Bitbucket Server.

  5. Paste the URL that points to your Bitbucket Server repository into the Repository URL input field.

  6. Enter the generated Personal access token.

  7. Click the Save button.

    • Your YouTrack project is integrated with the selected repository in Bitbucket Server.

    • Commits from the Bitbucket Server repository that reference an issue in the project are displayed in the activity stream of the referenced issue.

    • The sidebar displays additional settings for configuring the VCS integration.

      Bitbucket Server integration settings

    To learn more about these settings, see Integration Settings.

Advanced Server Settings

If you are unable to establish a connection to your repository using the basic settings on the New VCS Integration dialog, click the Show advanced server settings link.

Advanced settings for a VCS integration with Bitbucket Server.

You only need to enter values for these settings when you haven't set up a VCS integration with the target server. If you already have a working integration with a single repository on the server, you can add integrations with other repositories without setting these parameters again.

Use the following guidelines to set the values for these settings:




This setting helps to identify the path to the Bitbucket Server repository. If the repositories for your Bitbucket Server are available under https://host[:port]/SOME_CONTEXT_PATH, YouTrack is unable to determine where this context path ends and the actual path to the repository begins.

To resolve this problem, enter the base URL for your Bitbucket Server. For example: https://host:port/context_path

SSL keys

If your server environment is set up to require client SSL authentication, select the keystore that contains the private key for your YouTrack server. This key identifies your YouTrack server when it tries to establish a connection with Bitbucket Server. This setting is only used to support HTTPS authentication as required by connections to your internal network.

The list only displays SSL keys that are already imported into YouTrack. To learn how to generate keystore files and upload them to YouTrack, see SSL Keys.

Integration Settings

By default, the VCS integration processes changes that are committed to the repository by any user in any branch. Any user who has access to the issue in YouTrack can view these changes in the issue activity stream.

If you only want to process changes by specific users in designated branches or restrict the visibility of VCS changes in YouTrack, you can customize the integration settings. Use the following settings to customize the integration:




Displays the path to the repository in the integrated version control system.

If needed, you can edit the location of the repository after you have set up the integration. For instructions, see Edit Repository Settings.

Main YouTrack project

Sets the primary project in which the VCS integration is active.

Additional projects

Integrates the linked repository with one or more additional projects.


Restricts the ability to update issues with commands in commit messages to members of the specified group. VCS changes from users who are not members of the selected group are still attached to related issues, but any commands that are specified in their commits are ignored.

Processing scheme for VCS changes

Choose how to process VCS changes when the commit message references an issue ID. The following options are supported:

  • Add commits, ignore commands: Add VCS changes to issues when a commit message references an ID that belongs to an issue in an integrated project. Any command in the commit message is ignored.

  • Add commits in all projects, apply commands in main: Add VCS changes to issues when a commit message references an ID that belongs to an issue in an integrated project. Only apply commands to issues that belong to the currently selected main project.

  • Add commits and apply commands to all projects: Add VCS changes to issues when a commit message references an ID that belongs to an issue in an integrated project. Update issues in any integrated project when commit messages include commands.

Monitored branches

Stores the names of the branches that you want to monitor for changes.

  • Use + to include a branch.

  • Use - to exclude a branch.

  • For the branch name, use the fully qualified name of the branch. For example, refs/heads/<branch name>.

  • Use * as a wildcard. This placeholder matches one or more characters in a string. For example, to include all feature branches, use:

  • To monitor all branches, leave the input field empty.

If the address that you entered as the Repository URL when you connected to the repository points to a specific branch, this branch is automatically added to the list of monitored branches when you set up the connection.

Parse commits for issue comments

When enabled, specific lines of text in commit messages are copied to issues as comments. When you copy parts of the commit message to the issue as comments, you can trigger @mention notifications and expose information to users who don't have access to VCS changes.

This setting does not affect how commit messages are shown in VCS changes. The entire commit message, including commands and issue comments, is always shown as part of the VCS change record in the activity stream.

You should only enable this option when:

  • You want to mention other users in your commit messages and generate notifications when the text is copied to an issue comment.

  • You restrict the visibility for VCS changes and want to make commit-related information visible to external users as comments.

To learn more about how YouTrack processes commit messages, see Apply Commands in VCS Commits.

Check branch names for issue references

When enabled, the integration checks for references to issues in branch names for commits and pull requests. This option was added for teams that use a branch-per-ticket process, so their developers don't have to mention issue IDs in their commit messages explicitly.

VCS changes visibility

Restricts the visibility of VCS changes to one or more groups of users in YouTrack. When unrestricted, the list of VCS changes is visible to any user who has permission to read the issue.

Available Actions

When you select an integrated version control system in the list, the following actions are available in the toolbar:




Shuts off the connection between the integrated project and the VCS repository. The configuration is not changed and can be enabled at any time.


Opens the integration settings dialog in the sidebar for the selected project and repository.


Removes the settings for the integrated project from YouTrack.

This action also removes all VCS changes that were added to issues for commits in the linked repository.

While the action itself cannot be undone, you can use the Import action to restore VCS changes that were removed accidentally.


If you experience problems setting up an integration with Bitbucket Server, see if the following condition applies.

Condition — You're unable to establish a connection between YouTrack and Bitbucket.



Your YouTrack server is secured with an unsigned TLS certificate. The unsecure connection is blocked by Bitbucket.

Enable the option to skip certificate verification in Bitbucket. This disables certificate verification when Bitbucket sends event payload requests to the webhook URL.

To learn more about this option, please refer to the Bitbucket documentation.

Last modified: 27 September 2023