Add Timer Button to GitLab Issues

Complete these two simple steps to enable time tracking in GitLab.

It takes no more than 3 minutes to set up.

1. Sign Up to TMetric

Time tracking app with advanced billing and reporting features

2. Install Browser Extension

Browser add-on for TMetric that allows one-click time tracking for popular Web apps

Now login to your GitLab account and start tracking.


No Manual Input Required

  • Timer button is integrated into each GitLab issue
  • It takes a single click to start the timer
  • No need to stop before switching to another issue

Backlinks to GitLab from TMetric

  • Each time entry contains a backlink to a GitLab issue
  • GitLab repositories are mapped to TMetric projects
  • GitLab labels are automatically assigned to time entries

Powerful Time Reports

  • See the time of your team in one place
  • Group, sort, and filter reports
  • Export time reports and invoice your clients

How to Use Time Tracking In GitLab

1. Locate timer button on a GitLab issue

On the Issues tab, select a required issue. A dialog window opens, where you can view and edit the contents of the issue. You will see the Start timer button above the issue name.

Start timer button GitLab

2. Start timer on an issue

Click the Start timer button and TMetric will start recording your GitLab working time. Notice that the Start timer button changes to the Stop timer button and displays the time spent on the issue.

If you are the account owner or assigned admin in TMetric and start the timer for the first time, TMetric pulls out from GitLab and adds to your TMetric account:

  • issue name
  • issue ID
  • project name
  • labels

Labels are mapped to the tags existing in the Tmetric account. If the Allow creating tags on a fly option is enabled in the Tmetric account then the labels are automatically created.   

The corresponding time entry appears on the Time page in the TMetric web app. You can easily navigate back to the GitLab issue simply by clicking the link icon next to the task name (in our case ID is #5).

time entry GitLab

3. Edit time entry, if necessary

A time entry with an external task can be edited. You can edit the name of the task, project, and labels without losing a link to the GitLab issue. 

To disassociate the task from the GitLab issue, click the cross icon next to the task name in the bottom right corner of the time entry editor.

Editing time entry GitLab

4. View a time report

Reports show the time from different external systems, as well as the time entered manually in TMetric. 

Tasks summary report GitLab

TMetric is a great time tracking web app allowing to control your time and stay productive throughout the day!