How do you set the default merge strategy?

To configure merge strategies for a repository

  1. In repository settings, select Pull requests.

If I go to my settings page,{repo}/admin

I do not see a Pull Requests section. I do see a Pull Requests section under navigation, but that just lists open pull requests.

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You're looking at documentation for the self-hosted version of Bitbucket (known as Bitbucket Server). At the moment, there's no option for a default merge strategy in Bitbucket Cloud (

Have a look at for the right set of documentation.

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Hi Mike,

That documentation is for Bitbucket Server, which supports the default merge strategy feature.

Bitbucket Cloud is a separate product with a slightly different featureset. A default merge strategy is not yet available, but since we just released squash-on-merge, it's something we want to add to cloud soon.


Hi Alastair,

Any news on this topic? We always squash our branches when merging but developer dicipline is hard to obtain unless enforced so this feature would be much appreciated :)

Desperate for this. +1

Please implement.  This is a great feature to have.



+1  Is there a ticket tracking this feature request? 

Over a year later and no options yet? But hey Stride is out... oh wait we all use Slack. 

Please Atlassian, stop trying to expand and just make your products work... this should be a CORE feature of Bitbucket, not an idea that still isn't implemented after a year.

+1 to get this done.  


Please add this feature. This is such a minor setting to allow, just do it. We shouldn't need browser extensions to get simple functionality like this.

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