A small script for migrating repo issues from Bitbucket to GitHub
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Bitbucket Issues Migration

This is a small script that will migrate Bitbucket issues to a GitHub project.

It will import issues (and close them as needed) and their comments. Repositories can be public or private, owned by individuals or organizations. Labels and milestones are supported.

Before running:

Requires Python 3 and the requests library. keyring is an optional dependency if you want to pull login credentials from the system keyring.

It's probably easiest to install the dependencies using Python 3's built-in venv tool:

$ pyvenv ./py3
$ source ./py3/bin/activate
$ pip3 install -r requirements.pip


$ python3 migrate.py -h
usage: migrate.py [-h] [-bu BITBUCKET_USERNAME] [-n] [-f START]
                  bitbucket_repo github_repo github_username

A tool to migrate issues from Bitbucket to GitHub.

positional arguments:
  bitbucket_repo        Bitbucket repository to pull issues from.
                        Format: <user or organization name>/<repo name>
                        Example: jeffwidman/bitbucket-issue-migration

  github_repo           GitHub repository to add issues to.
                        Format: <user or organization name>/<repo name>
                        Example: jeffwidman/bitbucket-issue-migration

  github_username       Your GitHub username. This is used only for
                        authentication, not for the repository location.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit

                        Your Bitbucket username. This is only necessary when
                        migrating private Bitbucket repositories.

  -n, --dry_run         Perform a dry run and print everything.

  -f START, --start START
                        The list index of the Bitbucket issue from which to
                        start the import. Note: Normally this matches the
                        issue ID minus one (to account for zero-based
                        indexing). However, if issues were deleted in the
                        past from the BB repo, the list index of the issue
                        will decrease due to the missing issues without a
                        corresponding decrease in the issue ID.

$ python3 migrate.py <bitbucket_repo> <github_repo> <github_username>


For example, to export the SQLAlchemy issue tracker to the repo https://github.com/jeffwidman/testing:

$ python3 migrate.py zzzeek/sqlalchemy jeffwidman/testing jeffwidman

Additional notes:

  • GitHub labels are created that map to the Bitbucket issue's priority, kind (bug, task, etc), component (if any, custom to each project), and version (if any). If you don't want these, just delete the new GitHub labels post-migration.

  • Milestones are currently imported as labels. However, it is possible to import them straight across: Bitbucket's API exposes the milestone title via issue['metadata']['milestone'] and GitHub's Issue Import API supports attaching a milestone ID at issue['milestone']. PRs are gladly accepted that implement functionality to programatically retrieve/create GH milestone IDs for BB milestone titles. Note that GitHub requires that the milestone already exist before attaching it to an issue, otherwise the issue import will be rejected.

  • The migrated issues and issue comments are annotated with both Bitbucket and GitHub links to user who authored the comment/issue. This assumes the user reused their Bitbucket username on GitHub.

  • Within the body of issues and issue comments, hyperlinks to other issues in this Bitbucket repo will be rewritten as #<ID>, which GitHub will automatically hyperlink to the GitHub issue with that particular ID. This assumes that you are migrating to a GitHub repository that has no existing issues, otherwise the imported issues will have a different ID on GitHub than on Bitbucket and the links will be incorrect. If you are migrating to a GitHub repo with existing issues, just edit the code to offset the imported issue IDs by the correct amount.

  • This script is not idempotent--re-running it will leave the first set of imported issues intact, and then create a duplicate set of imported issues after the first set. If you want to re-run the import, it's best to delete your GitHub repo and start over so that the GitHub issue IDs start from 1.

  • The maximum allowable size per individual issue is 1MB. This limit is imposed by GitHub's Import API.

Currently maintained by Jeff Widman. Originally written and open-sourced by Vitaly Babiy.