Is it possible to have zero default reviewers on PRs?

We've told Bitbucket we don't want any default reviewers but it seems to interpret that as "Add everyone as a reviewer" for new pull requests. Is there a way to stop it doing that? I literally want no default reviewers but make the PR creator add one of their own choosing.

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Hi Chris, apologies for the late reply! I'll respond anyway in hopes that it will help you or someone else :)

If you're using Bitbucket Cloud, the PR creator will be able to add any reviewer of their choosing as explained at Work with pull requests.

If you're on Server, you can @mention a person or add them as a reviewer as explained at Create a pull request:

Add reviewers – they will receive a notification by email. Other people who have permissions on the project can participate in the discussion if it interests them.

You don't have to use the default reviewers option in your case.

Let us know if you have any questions!

Best regards,


Thanks. I was asking because our server was still adding default reviewers even when we didn't use that option. However, since I asked it has become clear that this was a problem in our configuration. After making a chance it is now doing what I expected all along. I should have remembered to come back and answer my own question. :)

Thank you.

No worries, Chris! Glad you figured it out :)

Have a good day,


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