Disable Email Notification for Pull Request in user profile ?

Is it possible to disable receiving E-Mail notifications on Bitbucket Server in a user profile ?

At the moment some developers prefer to see the pull requests in the system and detest the daily mail flood that is coming from Bitbucket. The only options in the profile are receiving E-mails immediately or batched (default - every 30 minutes).

There is also no configuration option for pull request emails on administrator or repository level that I found useful. The only option would be to disable the E-Mail system completely which would affect all teams.

(currently running Bitbucket Server 4.11.2)

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Can we get an official response to this?  I too am getting flooded daily.

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Hi Michael!

Disabling email notifications for specific users is not possible. If your developers don't want to receive as many emails, they can "unwatch" the pull request to stop receiving email notifications, this is explained at Pull request now with reviewers and smarter notifications. However, note that they'll still receive them if they have been added as reviewers. 

If you’d like this behavior to be different, you can submit a Feature request at jira.atlassian.com so other users can vote for it if they also like it :)



I desperately need to just shut off these dang pull request notifications!

It's already part of my normal daily workflow to scan the website for any of my unapproved pull requests so I do not need to receive an email on top!

At my company we include the architects on all pull requests so that they can have a chance to review the code before it is merged into master...It seemed like a good idea at the time but as a result of being included on almost every pull request I'm getting a steady stream of pull request notifications all throughout the day.

It's not just one email for one pull request either...I get a notification email whenever a pull request is first created and I get another notification email for each push against any open pull request.

Now for the sad reality of what I get to deal with...In the past 12 months alone I've had to read, review and subsequently delete over 10,000 emails that have flooded my inbox.  I'm not exaggerating this number...It has been over 10,000 emails!

I've even tried to set up an inbox email rule to help manage this tsunami of email notifications but that's been tricky because sometimes email conversations between others will result from one of these notification emails which can cause a false positive on my inbox email rule.

...we need to stop this thing at the source!

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speaks to me from the heart.

I would love to only receive spam when someone explicitely mentions me with @myusername

Right now reading those mails is worthless.

I was surprised that individual users can't turn off email notifications and it is causing a lot of friction here as we have to tell users they need to use email filtering if they don't want to see the emails. As @John Renstrom pointed out, there can sometimes be a lot of emails which can cause issues with users inboxes. Simply the ability for users to turn off email notifications all together would be a big step forward but more granualr notifications would also be very useful.



Notifications are really unnecessary... We have a slack channel that has all relevant notifications.

There is no need for this massive form of e-mailing!

For now the only way to solve it was to declare bitbucket as SPAM, meaning I also don't receive the E-mails you want to send to me, to inform me about updates etc. 

Pretty sad there is no better solution to this. 

Granularity is  very much needed, so that an admin can choose what notifications will be active for a given Bitbucket project.




These emails are really not necessary and annoying. and un-watching every pull request is not realsitic.


Is there any JIRA suggestion to vote for that issue?

Wow.  You CAN'T TURN THIS OFF!?  Are you kidding me!?

Yes this feature is much needed. We currently have a slack channel for each of our repositories with Bitbucket Bot reporting all the necessary information (ie. PR's, updates, etc..). I've unwatched all my repo's but still get bunch of emails.

I removed the email server settings in the admin page. That should fix it.

I have done all sort of blocking on the emails, but I'm still getting them.
Yet another reason to hate Bitbucket

My god please make the emails stop! As the engineering group manager I'm a reviewer by default on all PRs which means I get 100+ Bitbucket emails a day. It's overwhelming and unnecessary, please give us some level of control over the amount of Bitbucket spam we are sent.

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At least how hard can it be?

Looks like things may be gaining some traction.

Hopefully everyone can go vote on the new ticket created by Logan.

If they fail to resolve this soon then maybe we all could consider adding their support email to our notifications... nothing says please more than sending their own spam straight to their own email server.     Hahaha :)



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I had to add a filter on my email, it marks all PR emails as read

Personally I'd like to be able to toggle emails at more of an event level. It seems like there's maybe 4 events we get emailed for: 

  • Someone added you to a PR
  • Someone marks a PR approved, declined, etc.
  • Someone comments on a PR.
  • Someone merges a PR

I do like seeing the adds and comments, but if I could turn off the update every time anyone marks a PR approved, it would cut 60% of the spam at least and make it easier to see the stuff I care about. 

Also, I could see the use case for being able to scope settings based on 'Pull Requests I created" vs "Pull Requests someone else created", as I might care more about approvals/denials on my own PRs more-so than others'.

I created a suggestion ticket for this idea on the Bitbucket Server backlog. Concerned citizens, please take a minute to vote on it (if you like it) so it can get some traction.


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