Protect your master branch with Merge Checks

By on December 5, 2016

Your master branch represents the code that you will ship to your customers, and should be protected at all costs. No one intends to ship a bug to a customer on purpose, so having a mechanism in place to catch these subtle bugs is essential to a development team. Code review has been around in some form since the dawn of version control to help keep a close eye on the master branch and ensure code quality is high.

Pull requests in particular provide a way to do peer code reviews and merges as part of a branch-based development workflow. As teams grow sometimes you need to take pull requests a step further to really make sure code is ready to be merged in to the family jewel: the master branch.

Merge Checks in Bitbucket Cloud

That’s why we added merge checks to Bitbucket: they make it easy to ensure that every Pull Request is fully vetted before it gets merged. This gives teams the flexibility to:

Bitbucket merge checks

Atlassian is a public company, so the Bitbucket team uses these checks as part of our compliance controls to prevent unauthorized changes to our code, and we know many teams have similar requirements. We also know that having an entire repository locked down can be frustrating, which is why we made merge checks totally configurable at the branch level. Production code can be protected and thoroughly reviewed but until it’s ready, you can still iterate quickly on features in dev and staging, all in the same repository.

Try Merge Checks

Merge checks are a feature in Bitbucket Cloud’s Premium plan which has features for teams that require granular admin controls, security and auditing. All features in Bitbucket Cloud’s premium plan are in a free trial until early 2017 when the plan will be $5/user/month.If you’re ready to get started, sign up for a Bitbucket Cloud account.

If you’re already using Bitbucket Cloud, you can add merge checks from your repository settings menu, under the branch permissions section.

Happy coding!

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