Finnovation™ brings you a heap of new features

By on April 2, 2013

Here in Bitbucket-land we practice innovation week, a time for the team to work on whatever they desire. Now, we’ve taken the concept even further with our first Finnovation week.

Why? Well, after the last three innovation weeks, we had a number of really exciting projects that were almost ready to ship. They just needed a bit of Finnovating!

Free your issue data


Atlassian believes your data is yours and should not be locked into any one system. If you administer a Bitbucket issue tracker, you can now Import & Export your issue data. This feature is handy for moving issues between Bitbucket repos. Of course, we’ve documented the issue data format too, just in case you want to roll your own import or export extension.

Pull request code review keeps getting better

We are constantly improving the code review experience via pull requests. Key to that experience is the ability to review binary content. Almost every feature we review has some graphical element. This content is every bit as important as code.


Now you can comment on binary files within diffs and pull requests. The feature matches comments to the file revision they were made against; just use the pull request Activity tab to see the full history of an image’s review.

One click import of all your GitHub repositories


Nothing should come between you and storing your code on Bitbucket. Nothing.  Users can use our external repository importer to easily create new Bitbucket repositories from code that started its life elsewhere.

Earlier this year we allowed you to link your Bitbucket account to your GitHub account. Now you can import all your GitHub repositories with one click from your linked account.

Branches and tags selector on the commits screen

Our repository Commits view defaults to displaying all of your commits, across all branches and tags. You could always filter that view to only show commits for a single branch or tag but doing so required using the less-than-ideal search input.


The new Branches and Tags selector makes filtering faster. It even remembers your filter selection when you switch between the Commits and Source views.

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  • Anonymous
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Do you plan implementing the ability to comment lines in commits?

    • Sasha Aickin
      Posted April 2, 2013 at 10:18 am | Permalink

      I’m confused, but I’m pretty sure that’s been in for months. My team uses it all the time.

    • Nicolas Venegas
      Posted April 2, 2013 at 10:20 am | Permalink

      Yes, as Sasha noted, we introduced the ability to comment on lines when we redesigned our site (

      • Anonymous
        Posted April 3, 2013 at 1:27 am | Permalink

        Sorry I got confused. I can comment on source code chansets but I cannot comment on wiki changesets. Why so? Wiki is stored in a repository in basically the same way, and the history view and commit view is the same.

        Some projects can be purely documentation (e.g. code standards) and I would love to take advantage of all the existing features that are present for source code while having the convenience of editing documents directly on BitBucket and some extra wiki-specific features such as TOC.

  • Posted April 2, 2013 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    When I am importing github repos, will my github issues tracker be imported, too?

  • pcworld
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Thanks for issues export/import, that’s great!

  • Posted April 2, 2013 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    * “between between”
    * “as import as code”

  • james
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Great job!

  • Anonymous
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    Bitbucket… I think I’m falling in love with you! Ps the commits/fork timeline graph looks gorgeous. One question (and I apologize, I’m using a phone – hard to really do thorough readinf and searching) – what happens to gh-pages branches? And docs/documents branches that some 3rd party apps like use? Is their a similar branch + generator for static pages as github’s jekyll + github pages?

  • Anonymous
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    “Earlier this year we allowed you to link your
    Bitbucket account to your GitHub account. Now
    you can import all your GitHub repositories with
    one click from your linked account.”

    Haha. Sneaky b*t@rds! you should run for congress

  • Jamon Holmgren
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Nice work.

  • xr09
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Is there a way to import and automatically convert to mercurial? That would be great,

  • Posted April 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Does Finnovation week happen in Finland?

  • Posted April 29, 2013 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    I love what you’re doing with Bitbucket.

  • Anonymous
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Great job!

  • Posted April 29, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    “Nothing should come between you and storing your code on Bitbucket. Nothing. ”

    Do you plan on adding tools to allow auditing of users permissions across all repositories? As is, you make us do that manually, and groups is not an answer because the issue is people who get given access directly. This is a big security issue, especially if someone leaves an organization.

  • Guy Korland
    Posted October 8, 2013 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    The “One click import of all your GitHub repositories” let’s you import all the repositories under your user, how can I import repositories under an organization?