On this one large project the bitbucket account has a large number of git repos in Atlassian BitBucket Cloud. Sometimes for one JIRA ticket, we need to fix code across a whole bunch of repos, say to change the URL for a server because it was not parametrized, or to adopt a new naming convention. With JetBrains IDE (like IntelliJ, PyCharm, etc), it’s easy to do a bulk commit of all repos for that one change as you can use the same commit message, same referenced JIRA ticket number etc. A couple of button clicks and you’re done that part, piece of cake. Or just use a for loop in bash if you prefer to work in terminal.
But then you have to create a pull request for each repo, ouch!! Each one will likely have the same set of reviewers, same description, etc. I have no patience for that type of repetitive work. And pycharm (as of 2020.1) provides no assistance here.
After a bit of digging and trial and error, I found a convenient way to create pull requests programmatically using bitbucket’s REST API, and after they have all be reviewed and approved, to merge them.
- Create one PR in the web UI on one of the repos. Write a useful title, description, select all the reviewers you might need across all repos. Don’t forget to checkmark the "Delete branch on merge" if that is part of your process.
- After the PR is created, note its number in the URL (let's call it
From a terminal shell, use this to get the JSON of that PR into a file. Note that your username is the one defined in your Profile Settings, and can be changed. For me it is not the name I use to login with.
BB_URL=https://api.bitbucket.org/2.0/repositories/YOUR_ORG_NAME PR_NUMBER_JUST_CREATED=<PR_NUMBER_JUST_CREATED> curl $BB_URL/REPO_NAME/pullrequests/$PR_NUMBER_JUST_CREATED \ -u USERNAME:PASSWORD | jq . > pr_get.json
Edit the file to remove most elements of it, keeping only the following:
sourceelement, keep only
branch, remove the rest.
Create the remaining PR's programmatically:
for repo in $REPOS; do curl -s $BB_URL/$repo/pullrequests --user USERNAME:PASSWORD \ --request POST --header 'Content-Type: application/json' \ --data @pr_get.json \ | jq -r .links.merge.href done > pr_merges.txt
Once they are all ready for merging, run this:
for merge in $( cat pr_merges.txt ); do curl $merge --user USERNAME:PASSWORD --request POST done
There's various improvements that could be done of course, say to turn these into a bash command, get password from stdin, etc. This has been good enough so far.
I posted this originally in Create Pull Requests programmatically in BitBucket and Merge Pull Requests programmatically in BitBucket.