Design Management (FREE)

  • Introduced in GitLab 12.2.
  • Support for SVGs introduced in GitLab 12.4.
  • Moved from GitLab Premium to GitLab Free in 13.0.
  • Design Management section in issues introduced in GitLab 13.2, with a feature flag named design_management_moved. In earlier versions, designs were displayed in a separate tab.
  • Design Management section in issues feature flag removed for new displays in GitLab 13.4.

With Design Management you can upload design assets (including wireframes and mockups) to GitLab issues and keep them stored in a single place. Product designers, product managers, and engineers can collaborate on designs with a single source of truth.

You can share mockups of designs with your team, or visual regressions can be viewed and addressed.

For a video overview, see Design Management (GitLab 12.2).


  • Git Large File Storage (LFS) must be enabled:

    • On, LFS is already enabled.
    • On self-managed instances, a GitLab administrator must enable LFS globally.
    • On both and self-managed instances, LFS must be enabled for the project itself. If enabled globally, LFS is enabled by default for all projects. If you have disabled it for your project, you must enable it again.

    Designs are stored as LFS objects. Image thumbnails are stored as other uploads, and are not associated with a project but rather with a specific design model.

  • Projects must use hashed storage.

    Newly created projects use hashed storage by default.

    A GitLab administrator can verify the storage type of a project by going to Admin Area > Projects and then selecting the project in question. A project can be identified as hashed-stored if its Gitaly relative path contains @hashed.

If the requirements are not met, you are notified in the Designs section.

Supported file types

You can upload files of the following types as designs:

  • BMP
  • GIF
  • ICO
  • JPEG
  • JPG
  • PNG
  • SVG
  • TIFF
  • WEBP

Support for PDF files is tracked in issue 32811.

Known issues

View a design

The Designs section is in the issue description.


  • You must have at least the Guest role for the project.

To view a design:

  1. Go to an issue.
  2. In the Designs section, select the design image you want to view.

The design you selected opens. You can then zoom in on it or create a comment.

Designs section

When viewing a design, you can move to other designs. To do so, either:

  • In the top-right corner, select Go to previous design ({chevron-lg-left}) or Go to next design ({chevron-lg-right}).
  • Press Left or Right on your keyboard.

To return to the issue view, either:

  • In the top-left corner, select the close icon ({close}).
  • Press Esc on your keyboard.

When a design is added, a green icon ({plus-square}) is displayed on the image thumbnail. When a design has been changed in the current version, a blue icon ({file-modified-solid}) is displayed.

Zoom in on a design

You can explore a design in more detail by zooming in and out of the image:

  • To control the amount of zoom, select plus (+) and minus (-) at the bottom of the image.
  • To reset the zoom level, select the redo icon ({redo}).

To move around the image while zoomed in, drag the image.

Add a design to an issue

  • Drag and drop uploads introduced in GitLab 12.9.
  • New version creation on upload introduced in GitLab 12.9.
  • Copy and paste uploads introduced in GitLab 12.10.


  • You must have at least the Developer role for the project.
  • In GitLab 13.1 and later, the names of the uploaded files must be no longer than 255 characters.

To add a design to an issue:

  1. Go to an issue.

  2. Either:

    • Select Upload designs and then select images from your file browser. You can select up to 10 files at once.
    • Select click to upload and then select images from your file browser. You can select up to 10 files at once.
    • Drag a file from your file browser and drop it in the drop zone in the Designs section.

      Drag and drop design uploads

    • Take a screenshot or copy a local image file into your clipboard, hover your cursor over the drop zone, and press Control or Cmd + V.

      When pasting images like this, keep the following in mind:

      • You can paste only one image at a time. When you paste multiple copied files, only the first one is uploaded.
      • If you are pasting a screenshot, the image is added as a PNG file with a generated name of: design_<timestamp>.png.
      • It's not supported in Internet Explorer.

Add a new version of a design

As discussion on a design continues, you might want to upload a new version of a design.


  • You must have at least the Developer role for the project.

To do so, add a design with the same filename.

To browse all the design versions, use the dropdown list at the top of the Designs section.

Skipped designs

When you upload an image with the same filename as an existing uploaded design and that is the same, it's skipped. This means that no new version of the design is created. When designs are skipped, a warning message is displayed.

Archive a design

  • Introduced in GitLab 12.4.
  • Renamed the button from "Delete" to "Archive" in GitLab 13.3.

You can archive individual designs or select a few of them to archive at once.


  • You must have at least the Developer role for the project.

To archive a single design:

  1. Select the design to view it enlarged.
  2. In the top right corner, select Archive design ({archive}).
  3. Select Archive designs.

To archive multiple designs at once:

  1. Select the checkboxes on the designs you want to archive.
  2. Select Archive selected.

NOTE: Only the latest version of the designs can be archived. Archived designs are not permanently lost. You can browse previous versions.

Reorder designs

Introduced in GitLab 13.3.

You can change the order of designs by dragging them to a new position.

Add a comment to a design

Adjusting a pin's position introduced in GitLab 12.8.

You can start discussions on uploaded designs. To do so:

  1. Go to an issue.
  2. Select the design.
  3. Click or tap the image. A pin is created in that spot, identifying the discussion's location.
  4. Enter your message.
  5. Select Comment.

You can adjust a pin's position by dragging it around the image. You can use this when your design's layout has changed, or when you want to move a pin to add a new one in its place.

New discussion threads get different pin numbers, which you can use to refer to them.

In GitLab 12.5 and later, new discussions are output to the issue activity, so that everyone involved can participate in the discussion.

Resolve a discussion thread on a design

Introduced in GitLab 13.1.

When you're done discussing part of a design, you can resolve the discussion thread.

To mark a thread as resolved or unresolved, either:

  • In the top-right corner of the first comment of the discussion, select Resolve thread or Unresolve thread ({check-circle}).
  • Add a new comment to the thread and select or clear the Resolve thread checkbox.

Resolving a discussion thread also marks any pending to-do items related to notes inside the thread as done. Only to-do items for the user triggering the action are affected.

Your resolved comment pins disappear from the design to free up space for new discussions. To revisit a resolved discussion, expand Resolved Comments below the visible threads.

Add a to-do item for a design

To add a to-do item for a design, select Add a to do on the design sidebar.

Refer to a design in Markdown

To refer to a design in a Markdown text box in GitLab, for example, in a comment or description, paste its URL. It's then displayed as a short reference.

For example, if you refer to a design somewhere with:


It's rendered as:

See #13195[Group_view.png].

Design activity records

User activity events on designs (creation, deletion, and updates) are tracked by GitLab and displayed on the user profile, group, and project activity pages.

GitLab-Figma plugin

Introduced in GitLab 13.2.

You can use the GitLab-Figma plugin to upload your designs from Figma directly to your issues in GitLab.

To use the plugin in Figma, install it from the Figma Directory and connect to GitLab through a personal access token.

For more information, see the plugin documentation.