GitHub Launches Draft Pull Requests
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Monday, 18 February 2019

GitHub has added a way to show other developers that a pull request is code that is work in progress or even just an idea on how you're thinking of creating code.

The new draft pull request lets you open a pull request to start a discussion with colleagues at the point you have your idea, when you want to start coding, or at when code isn't necessarily going to make it to a final project.

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Draft pull requests let you make it clear that your code is a work in progress. Now when you open a pull request, a dropdown arrow appears next to the “Create pull request” button. Toggle the dropdown arrow whenever you want to create a draft instead.

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Draft pull requests look different so it's clear that the code is in a draft state, and merging is blocked in draft pull requests so you can't absent-mindedly merge your half baked code into the final production code.  Once you're happy that the code is ready to be merged, you can change the status to “Ready for review” near the bottom of your pull request to remove the draft state and allow merging according to your project’s settings. In addition, if you have a CODEOWNERS file in your repository, a draft pull request will suppress notifications to those reviewers until it is marked as ready for review.

When you're ready to get feedback on your draft pull request, you can mark your pull request as ready for review. Then, the pull request can be merged, and code owners will be requested to review the pull request.

Draft pull requests are available in public repositories with GitHub Free and GitHub Pro, and in public and private repositories with GitHub Team, GitHub Enterprise Cloud, and GitHub Enterprise Server.

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