Please read through the GitLab Issue Documentation for an overview on GitLab Issues.
From Commit Messages
Every time you mention an issue in your commit message, you're creating a relationship between the two stages of the development workflow: the issue itself and the first commit related to that issue.
If the issue and the code you're committing are both in the same project,
you simply add
#xxx to the commit message, where
xxx is the issue number.
If they are not in the same project, you can add the full URL to the issue
git commit -m "this is my commit message. Ref #xxx"
git commit -m "this is my commit message. Related to https://gitlab.com/<username>/<projectname>/issues/<xxx>"
Of course, you can replace
gitlab.com with the URL of your own GitLab instance.
Note: Linking your first commit to your issue is going to be relevant for tracking your process far ahead with GitLab Cycle Analytics). It will measure the time taken for planning the implementation of that issue, which is the time between creating an issue and making the first commit.
From Related Issues
Mentioning related issues in merge requests and other issues is useful for your team members and collaborators to know that there are opened issues around that same idea.
You do that as explained above, when mentioning an issue from a commit message.
When mentioning the issue "A" in issue "B", the issue "A" will also display a notification in its tracker. The same is valid for mentioning issues in merge requests.
From Merge Requests
Mentioning issues in merge request comments works exactly the same way as they do for related issues.
When you mention an issue in a merge request description, it will simply link the issue and merge request together. Additionally, you can also set an issue to close as soon as the merge request is merged.