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Moving to JIRA from gitlab-issues

I'm new to JIRA, but now I have responsibility to lead bigger ongoing project which has complete issue, milestone, label, timing structure created in GitLab. Our company/department is using heavily gitlab-issues to track all our work.

But since Git is very weak in roadmapping I decided to move whole logic to JIRA and have masterplan/roadmap here and detailed breakdown of issues, commits, code merging might stay in Gitlab.

My main concern is transitioning from our current gitlab issues system to JIRA without loosing track of anything.

Is there any best practices, plugins, manuals or whitepapers on how to make this transition?

I am aware of the plugins to integrate github and JIRA, the question is not about linking existing JIRA issues but about moving all the issues and all it's structure we currently have in gitlab to JIRA *and* then link those issues to their respective projects/code located in gitlab when needed.


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Mikael Sandberg Community Leader Oct 07, 2020

Hi @Matush,

Welcome to Atlassian Community!

There is no tool that would allow you to export everything from Gitlab and import it to Jira, the closest you can get is to export your issues in Gitlab to a csv file and then import that file to an existing project in Jira that has been configured to behave similar to what you currently have. Have a look at this thread, Import GitLab Issues into Jira, they created their own tool to do the migration since the csv export in Gitlab looks like it is not including comments. Once you migrated to Jira and integrated Gitlab you should be able to link issues to your code changes the same way you are doing it today.

Looks very promising. Thank you very much, will check on that.

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