GitLab Community Edition

GitLab Documentation

Welcome to GitLab, a Git-based fully featured platform for software development!

GitLab offers the most scalable Git-based fully integrated platform for software development, with flexible products and subscriptions. To understand what features you have access to, check the GitLab subscriptions below.

Shortcuts to GitLab's most visited docs

GitLab CI/CD Other
Quick start guide API
Configuring .gitlab-ci.yml SSH authentication
Using Docker images GitLab Pages

Getting started with GitLab

User account

  • User account: Manage your account
    • Authentication: Account security with two-factor authentication, setup your ssh keys and deploy keys for secure access to your projects.
    • Profile settings: Manage your profile settings, two factor authentication and more.
  • User permissions: Learn what each role in a project (external/guest/reporter/developer/master/owner) can do.

Projects and groups


Manage your repositories from the UI (user interface):

Issues and Merge Requests (MRs)

Git and GitLab

  • Git: Getting started with Git, branching strategies, Git LFS, advanced use.
  • Git cheatsheet: Download a PDF describing the most used Git operations.
  • GitLab Flow: explore the best of Git with the GitLab Flow strategy.

Migrate and import your projects from other platforms

Continuous Integration, Delivery, and Deployment

  • GitLab CI: Explore the features and capabilities of Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, and Continuous Deployment with GitLab.
    • Auto Deploy: Configure GitLab CI for the deployment of your application.
    • Review Apps: Preview changes to your app right from a merge request.
  • GitLab Cycle Analytics: Cycle Analytics measures the time it takes to go from an idea to production for each project you have.
  • GitLab Container Registry: Learn how to use GitLab's built-in Container Registry.


  • API: Automate GitLab via a simple and powerful API.
  • GitLab Webhooks: Let GitLab notify you when new code has been pushed to your project.


  • Project Services: Integrate a project with external services, such as CI and chat.
  • GitLab Integration: Integrate with multiple third-party services with GitLab to allow external issue trackers and external authentication.
  • Trello Power-Up: Integrate with GitLab's Trello Power-Up

Administrator documentation

Administration documentation applies to admin users of GitLab self-hosted instances.

Learn how to install, configure, update, upgrade, integrate, and maintain your own instance. Regular users don't have access to GitLab administration tools and settings.

Contributor documentation

GitLab Community Edition is open source and GitLab Enterprise Edition is open-core. Learn how to contribute to GitLab:

GitLab subscriptions

You have two options to use GitLab:

  • GitLab self-hosted: Install, administer, and maintain your own GitLab instance.
  • GitLab's SaaS offering. You don't need to install anything to use, you only need to sign up and start using GitLab straight away.

GitLab self-hosted

With GitLab self-hosted, you deploy your own GitLab instance on-premises or on a private cloud of your choice. GitLab self-hosted is available for free and with paid subscriptions: Libre, Starter, Premium, and Ultimate.

Every feature available in Libre is also available in Starter, Premium, and Ultimate. Starter features are also available in Premium and Ultimate, and Premium features are also available in Ultimate. is hosted, managed, and administered by GitLab, Inc., with free and paid subscriptions for individuals and teams: Free, Bronze, Silver, and Gold. subscriptions grants access to the same features available in GitLab self-hosted, expect administration tools and settings:

  • Free includes the same features available in GitLab Libre
  • Bronze includes the same features available in GitLab Starter
  • Silver includes the same features available in GitLab Premium
  • Gold includes the same features available in GitLab Ultimate

For supporting the open source community and encouraging the development of open source projects, GitLab grants access to Gold features for all public projects, regardless of the subscription.

To know more about GitLab subscriptions and licensing, please refer to the GitLab Product Marketing Handbook.

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