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Connecting Pull Requests and Issues

When using ZenHub, you can attach Pull Requests to their corresponding Issue so that you can track both of these together as they move throughout the pipelines on your board. In order to connect Pull Requests with your existing Issues, you must have the ZenHub extension installed on either Chrome or Firefox. You can download the extension here. 


GitHub's Pull Request linking system is separate from ZenHub's

GitHub's linking system in the sidebar of Issues and Pull Requests is separate from Zenhub's Issue <> PR connection. The content below is related to ZenHub's Issue <> PR connection feature and not GitHub's. You can learn more on GitHub's linking feature here


Connecting an Issue to an existing Pull Request: To get started, navigate to the Pull requests tab in GitHub and select to view your Pull Request. Whether the Pull Request is open or merged you'll be able to connect an Issue to it:


Note: When you are connecting a Pull Request with an Issue then both the Pull Request and the Issue will go to the pipeline where the Pull Request is located. The logic behind this is that the piece of work is now one - both the Pull Request and Issue together


Connecting an Issue when creating a Pull request: On the Pull Request creation page, you'll notice two options below the green Create pull request button.


1. The first is a default pipeline option. Here, you will be able to choose a default pipeline for your Pull Request to automatically land on your board. This will then be the default pipeline for all new Pull Requests going forward. 

2. The second is a Connect with an issue option. Here, you will be able to connect your Pull Request with any of your existing issues that live in your ZenHub Workspace, including those that are cross-repo. This will automatically place both the Pull Request and the connected Issue in the default pipeline that you specified:



Behavior when merging Pull Requests and Closing Issues

  • When you merge or close a PR in GitHub, we do not automatically close the open issue it is connected with. The merged PR will remain connected with the open Issue and they will both remain in the same pipeline. However, the repo name for the merged/ closed PR will have a line through it indicating that it is merged/closed:


  • ZenHub supports the GitHub functionality of closing Issues using keywords. Using closing keywords in your Pull Requests enables you to automatically close the referenced Issue. You can read more on GitHubs closing keywords here. When using these keywords to close Issues, please do be aware that this will not automatically connect the PR with the Issue.
  • When you close an Issue that is connected to an open Pull Request, the Pull Request will not automatically merge. The PR will disconnect from the Issue and remain in the same pipeline The Issue will be moved to the 'closed' pipeline:

  • You can connect multiple Pull Requests to an Issue. 
  • You can only connect one Issue to a Pull Request. 


PR Reviewers and review status


When viewing PR cards on the Board, you will see the PR reviewers and the review status for the PR. Each reviewer will have a colored dot next to their avatar to help you quickly understand the PR status:

  • Red - requested changes
  • Green - approved changes
  • Grey - left review comments
  • Yellow - pending review




When looking at the Closed pipeline in ZenHub, we retain the Issue <> PR connection, allowing you and your team to review and see at a glance what PR's are related to which Issues:



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