Beautiful and relevant notifications

By on May 7, 2013

Staying up to date on code activity in Bitbucket just got easier. As part of our on-going notifications improvements we have completely redesigned the email notification experience. More control, more options and new HTML emails give you the information you want, when you want it.

Bitbucket HTML emails

Every email has been rethought and redesigned for clarity and to keep the most important information front and center. Also, if you want to quickly react to changes you can quickly jump to the context of the notifications to Bitbucket with one-click. If your email does not accept HTML content, Bitbucket will fallback to text.

It’s not all looks, we added a few more improvements:

Control the flow

Even beautiful emails can be annoying if you get too many or the wrong ones. To this end Bitbucket has changed some of the default rules around when you are notified of specific events. We think we have gotten the balance just right, however we do realize that everyones workflow is different so we have a included a number of new ways to customize the notifications Bitbucket sends.

Repository subscriptions

On the repository header you’ll notice a new control that allows you to customize the messages you receive when collaborating on a repository.

Bitbucket repo watch widget

When watching a repository you’ll receive updates via your newsfeed. At times, you may want to receive emails on specific types of messages you care most about including:

If you’re already watching a repository and have write or admin access, we’ve configured the watch setting so that you’ll receive notifications for pull requests and issues by default. Other times you might expect to receive an email:

Command and control center

You can use the new “Notifications” account management preference center to fine-tune your existing watches.

Notifications preference center

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  • Nathan
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    This is a much-needed improvement, thank you very much for your hard work on this!

  • fnput
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    Good to hear. In the future, however, I strongly suggest to improve your issue tracker. Yes, it works, but it is a real pain to use. When comparing it to others, e.g. the Github issue tracker, yours seems to be from last millennium. I *really* hope it will improve soon.

  • Posted May 8, 2013 at 1:44 am | Permalink

    Could You also allow to select an non primary e-mail address to which the notifications should be send? Could you allow to set more than one e-mail addresses to which the notifications are send?

    • Posted May 8, 2013 at 11:02 am | Permalink

      Ideally we would be able to set which email address was used per repo!

      • Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:38 am | Permalink

        +1 for this, would love some separation between repos I use at work, and other repos I work on

      • Rick
        Posted July 3, 2013 at 4:12 am | Permalink

        This would be awesome. I started out as a contractor and work with friends on repos, but now my office is using bitbucket and I’d love for those notifications to go to my work address

      • Matt
        Posted December 26, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

        +1 This feature would be great to separate personal/private interactions. Without having multiple logins

  • Posted May 8, 2013 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    Great news , I suggest to improve the issue tracker too

  • Gaurav Arora
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    Must say its a really desired enhancement 🙂

  • Matt Williams
    Posted May 10, 2013 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    I’m still receiving the old style emails with no HTML content. Is this expected?

  • David
    Posted May 10, 2013 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    All this cool, but when you will start to improve you API. Thanks for the cool notification and ….. but I’m still getting: description : 323466 , instead of issue number or description by API call. Believe me we are creating apps based on Bitbucket API and people are using it. So please do it finally … update and improve your API.

  • Rad
    Posted May 12, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    I just signed up so I guess I’ll never know how bad it was 🙂 The thing that was odd to me when signing up is that you have to go to a different site and sign up for their service (WordPress i believe it was) just to get your avatar going.

    • Rad
      Posted May 12, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

      oh and I came over from github and git over to BitBucket and now am using Mercurial. The only difference is how much I am used to typing git I should probably make a symbolic link 😛 I also liked the contribution pane on github that showed you how many commits you made and it was color coated. I don’t see that on here.

  • Sampo Smolander
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 3:15 am | Permalink

    The email commit notification only contains the summary line of the commit message? (I just received some, and looks like that). I’d prefer to receive the full commit message in the email notification.

  • A. L. Taurog
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    Was it necessary to change the format of the subject line as well? As far as I can tell, there was no change in the actual content, just a rearranging. That broke my filters (a second time).

  • Ben Staniford
    Posted September 25, 2013 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    This feature works ok if you’ve only got a couple of users on a small project. However on our project we’ve found the email notifications next to useless. All the devs work on feature branches and there’s no way of limiting the notifications to just master so you get an email for ev–ry—th–ing everyone does even if it’s just to their private branch.

  • Sreenath
    Posted November 14, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    I do NOT receive (email) notifications of my own changes (commits etc.). The BitBucket documentation clearly says “you get notified when you or another user….”. Am I missing something OR others are also facing the same!?

  • Peter
    Posted January 23, 2014 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    Is it possible (or somewhere in the future) to follow specific files within a branch? That can be very useful for us.

  • tim mcconechy
    Posted April 6, 2016 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    Is this feature something that must be enabled to use on bitbucket on prem solution version? Or is it there somewhere in need of being enabled? None of our screens look like this..

    • Raj Sarkar
      Posted April 6, 2016 at 7:34 am | Permalink

      This feature is for Bitbucket Cloud.