GitLab Community Edition

GitLab is open source software to collaborate on code.
Manage git repositories with fine-grained access controls that keep your code secure.
Perform code reviews and enhance collaboration with merge requests.
Each project can also have an issue tracker and a wiki.
Used by more than 100,000 organizations, GitLab is the most popular solution to manage git repositories on-premises.
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GitLab Docs

Welcome to GitLab documentation.

Here you can access the complete documentation for GitLab, the single application for the entire DevOps lifecycle.


No matter how you use GitLab, we have documentation for you.

Essential documentation Essential documentation
User documentation
Discover features and concepts for GitLab users.
Administrator documentation
Everything GitLab self-managed administrators need to know.
Contributing to GitLab
At GitLab, everyone can contribute!
New to Git and GitLab?
We have the resources to get you started.
Build an integration with GitLab
Consult our integration documentation.
Coming to GitLab from another platform?
Consult our guides.
Install GitLab
Installation options for different platforms.
Information for new and existing customers.
Update GitLab
Update your GitLab self-managed instance to the latest version.
Reference Architectures
GitLab reference architectures.
GitLab releases
What's new in GitLab.

Popular topics

Have a look at some of our most popular topics:

Popular topic Description
Two-factor authentication Improve the security of your GitLab account.
GitLab groups Manage projects together.
GitLab CI/CD pipeline configuration reference Available configuration options for .gitlab-ci.yml files.
Activate GitLab EE with a license Activate GitLab Enterprise Edition functionality with a license.
Back up and restore GitLab Rake tasks for backing up and restoring GitLab self-managed instances.
GitLab release and maintenance policy Policies for version naming and cadence, and also upgrade recommendations.
Elasticsearch integration Integrate Elasticsearch with GitLab to enable advanced searching.
Omnibus GitLab database settings Database settings for Omnibus GitLab self-managed instances.
Omnibus GitLab NGINX settings NGINX settings for Omnibus GitLab self-managed instances.
Omnibus GitLab SSL configuration SSL settings for Omnibus GitLab self-managed instances. settings Settings used for

The entire DevOps lifecycle

GitLab is the first single application for software development, security, and operations that enables Concurrent DevOps. GitLab makes the software lifecycle faster and radically improves the speed of business.

GitLab provides solutions for each of the stages of the DevOps lifecycle.

New to Git and GitLab?

Working with new systems can be daunting.

We have the following documentation to rapidly uplift your GitLab knowledge:

Topic Description
GitLab basics guides Start working on the command line and with GitLab.
GitLab workflow overview Enhance your workflow with the best of GitLab Workflow.
Get started with GitLab CI/CD Quickly implement GitLab CI/CD.
Auto DevOps Learn more about Auto DevOps in GitLab.
GitLab Markdown Advanced formatting system (GitLab Flavored Markdown).

User account

Learn more about GitLab account management:

Topic Description
User account Manage your account.
Authentication Account security with two-factor authentication, set up your SSH keys, and deploy keys for secure access to your projects.
User settings Manage your user settings, two factor authentication, and more.
User permissions Learn what each role in a project can do.

Git and GitLab

Learn more about using Git, and using Git with GitLab:

Topic Description
Git Getting started with Git, branching strategies, Git LFS, and advanced use.
Git cheat sheet Download a PDF describing the most used Git operations.
GitLab Flow Explore the best of Git with the GitLab Flow strategy.

Coming to GitLab from another platform

If you are coming to GitLab from another platform, the following information is useful:

Topic Description
Importing to GitLab Import your projects from GitHub, Bitbucket,, FogBugz, and SVN into GitLab.
Migrating from SVN Convert a SVN repository to Git and GitLab.

Build an integration with GitLab

There are many ways to integrate with GitLab, including:

Topic Description
GitLab REST API Integrate with GitLab using our REST API.
GitLab GraphQL API Integrate with GitLab using our GraphQL API.
Integrations Integrations with third-party products.

Contributing to GitLab

GitLab Community Edition is open source and GitLab Enterprise Edition is open-core.

Learn how to contribute to GitLab with the following resources:

Topic Description
Development How to contribute to GitLab development.
Legal Contributor license agreements.
Writing documentation How to contribute to GitLab Docs.