Gerrit 2.14 (In development)

Release Highlights

  • Changes can be assigned to specific users
  • HTML emails and new templating framework
  • Secondary index with Elastic Search
  • New Polymer based user interface
  • Support for elliptic curve/ed25519 SSH keys

Important Notes

Schema Changes

This release contains schema changes. To upgrade:

  java -jar gerrit.war init -d site_path

Email Templates

This release deprecates the use of Velocity mail templates. It will soon be necessary to upgrade custom mail templates to Soy files.

New Features

Change Assignee

Changes may be assigned to a specific user. This allows a workflow where the user that is assigned to a change is responsible for reviewing the change and/or passing the assignment on to another user.

In the UI, changes assigned to the currently logged in user are highlighted.

A new assignee: search predicate allows to find changes assigned to a given user.


Gerrit email messages are made easier to read by sending HTML content parts in addition to the existing text email content.

Mail templates can now be written using Closure Templates (Soy). Mail templates written in Velocity (VTL) are deprecated but still supported. Support for VTL will be dropped in the next release.

Secondary Index with Elastic Search



New User Interface (“PolyGerrit”)

Gerrit now includes a new user interface, referred to as “PolyGerrit”, based on Polymer.

The UI can be switched between PolyGerrit and GWT by clicking the “New UI” and “Old UI” links in the site footer. Alternatively, the UI can be switched by adding ?polygerrit=1 or ?polygerrit=0 to the URL.

Note that PolyGerrit is still under development. Most use cases are supported, but there are still some missing features compared to the GWT UI.


  • Issue 4507: Add support for elliptic curve/ed25519 SSH keys.


Dependency Updates

  • Update codemirror to 5.25.0

  • Update SSHD to 1.4.0

  • Update mina to 2.0.16