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Approve Merged Pull Requests

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January 20, 2023

We used to be able to approve or request changes on already merged pull requests (Bitbucket Cloud) but have recently noticed the approve button is no longer available once the PR is merged. Is there a setting to allow this again?

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January 22, 2023

Hey Connor,

This change was implemented recently and was a change that was intended. 

Bitbucket is improving its compliance posture by freezing the state of a PR once it has been merged/declined. Changes to branch restrictions will no longer be reflected in merged PRs:

  • Minimum number of approvals

  • Minimum number of approvals from default reviewers

  • No changes are requested

  • No unresolved pull request tasks

  • Minimum number of successful builds for the last commit with no failed builds and no in progress builds

Changes to the following actions will no longer be permitted on merged PRs:

  • Tasks

  • Reviewer approval status

In other words, users will not be able to edit tasks or approval status on a merged PR, nor will updates to branch permissions in repository settings retroactively update the merge checks on a merged PR.

We have had users raise concerns about this change, if you would like to have your say - please refer to this ticket raised with our developers below, vote for it to improve visibility and "Watch" it to receive future updates:


- Ben (Bitbucket Cloud Support)

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