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Release evidence

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Each time a release is created, GitLab takes a snapshot of data that's related to it. This data is saved in a JSON file and called release evidence. The feature includes test artifacts and linked milestones to facilitate internal processes, like external audits.

To access the release evidence, on the Releases page, select the link to the JSON file that's listed under the Evidence collection heading.

You can also use the API to generate release evidence for an existing release. Because of this, each release can have multiple release evidence snapshots. You can view the release evidence and its details on the Releases page.

When the issue tracker is disabled, release evidence can't be downloaded.

Here is an example of a release evidence object:

  "release": {
    "id": 5,
    "tag_name": "v4.0",
    "name": "New release",
    "project": {
      "id": 20,
      "name": "Project name",
      "created_at": "2019-04-14T11:12:13.940Z",
      "description": "Project description"
    "created_at": "2019-06-28 13:23:40 UTC",
    "description": "Release description",
    "milestones": [
        "id": 11,
        "title": "v4.0-rc1",
        "state": "closed",
        "due_date": "2019-05-12 12:00:00 UTC",
        "created_at": "2019-04-17 15:45:12 UTC",
        "issues": [
            "id": 82,
            "title": "The top-right popup is broken",
            "author_name": "John Doe",
            "author_email": "",
            "state": "closed",
            "due_date": "2019-05-10 12:00:00 UTC"
            "id": 89,
            "title": "The title of this page is misleading",
            "author_name": "Jane Smith",
            "author_email": "",
            "state": "closed",
            "due_date": "nil"
        "id": 12,
        "title": "v4.0-rc2",
        "state": "closed",
        "due_date": "2019-05-30 18:30:00 UTC",
        "created_at": "2019-04-17 15:45:12 UTC",
        "issues": []
    "report_artifacts": [

Collect release evidence

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When a release is created, release evidence is automatically collected. To initiate evidence collection any other time, use an API call. You can collect release evidence multiple times for one release.

Evidence collection snapshots are visible on the Releases page, along with the timestamp the evidence was collected.

Include report artifacts as release evidence

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When you create a release, if job artifacts are included in the last pipeline that ran, they are automatically included in the release as release evidence.

Although job artifacts usually expire, artifacts included in release evidence do not expire.

To enable job artifact collection you must specify both:

  1. artifacts:paths
  2. artifacts:reports
    - gem install bundler
    - bundle install
    - bundle exec rspec --format progress --format RspecJunitFormatter --out rspec.xml
      - rspec.xml
      junit: rspec.xml

If the pipeline ran successfully, when you create your release, the rspec.xml file is saved as release evidence.

If you schedule release evidence collection, some artifacts may already be expired by the time of evidence collection. To avoid this you can use the artifacts:expire_in keyword. For more information, see issue 222351.

Schedule release evidence collection

In the API:

  • If you specify a future released_at date, the release becomes an Upcoming release and the evidence is collected on the date of the release. You cannot collect release evidence before then.
  • If you specify a past released_at date, the release becomes an Historical release and no evidence is collected.
  • If you do not specify a released_at date, release evidence is collected on the date the release is created.