Users have different abilities depending on the access level they have in a particular group or project. If a user is both in a group's project and the project itself, the highest permission level is used.
On public and internal projects the Guest role is not enforced. All users will be able to create issues, leave comments, and clone or download the project code.
GitLab administrators receive all permissions.
To add or import a user, you can follow the project members documentation.
Project members permissions
The following table depicts the various user permission levels in a project.
|Create new issue||✓ 1||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Create confidential issue||✓ 1||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|View confidential issues||(✓) 2||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Leave comments||✓ 1||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Lock discussions (issues and merge requests)||✓||✓|
|See a list of jobs||✓ 3||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|See a job log||✓ 3||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Download and browse job artifacts||✓ 3||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|View wiki pages||✓ 1||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Pull project code||1||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Assign issues and merge requests||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Label issues and merge requests||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Create code snippets||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Manage issue tracker||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|See a commit status||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|See a container registry||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|See a list of merge requests||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Create new environments||✓||✓||✓|
|Manage/Accept merge requests||✓||✓||✓|
|Create new merge request||✓||✓||✓|
|Create new branches||✓||✓||✓|
|Push to non-protected branches||✓||✓||✓|
|Force push to non-protected branches||✓||✓||✓|
|Remove non-protected branches||✓||✓||✓|
|Write a wiki||✓||✓||✓|
|Cancel and retry jobs||✓||✓||✓|
|Create or update commit status||✓||✓||✓|
|Update a container registry||✓||✓||✓|
|Remove a container registry image||✓||✓||✓|
|Create/edit/delete project milestones||✓||✓||✓|
|Use environment terminals||✓||✓|
|Add new team members||✓||✓|
|Push to protected branches||✓||✓|
|Enable/disable branch protection||✓||✓|
|Turn on/off protected branch push for devs||✓||✓|
|Enable/disable tag protections||✓||✓|
|Rewrite/remove Git tags||✓||✓|
|Add deploy keys to project||✓||✓|
|Configure project hooks||✓||✓|
|Manage job triggers||✓||✓|
|Manage pages domains and certificates||✓||✓|
|Edit comments (posted by any user)||✓||✓|
|Switch visibility level||✓|
|Transfer project to another namespace||✓|
|Force push to protected branches 4|
|Remove protected branches 4|
Project features permissions
Wiki and issues
Project features like wiki and issues can be hidden from users depending on which visibility level you select on project settings.
- Disabled: disabled for everyone
- Only team members: only team members will see even if your project is public or internal
- Everyone with access: everyone can see depending on your project visibility level
To prevent people from messing with history or pushing code without review, we've created protected branches. Read through the documentation on protected branches to learn more.
Additionally, you can allow or forbid users with Master and/or Developer permissions to push to a protected branch. Read through the documentation on Allowed to Merge and Allowed to Push settings to learn more.
Cycle Analytics permissions
Find the current permissions on the Cycle Analytics dashboard on the documentation on Cycle Analytics permissions.
Issue Board permissions
Developers and users with higher permission level can use all the functionality of the Issue Board, that is create/delete lists and drag issues around. Read though the documentation on Issue Boards permissions to learn more.
File Locking permissions
Available in GitLab Premium.
The user that locks a file or directory is the only one that can edit and push their changes back to the repository where the locked objects are located.
Read through the documentation on permissions for File Locking to learn more.
File Locking is available in GitLab Premium only.
Confidential Issues permissions
Confidential issues can be accessed by reporters and higher permission levels, as well as by guest users that create a confidential issue. To learn more, read through the documentation on permissions and access to confidential issues.
Group members permissions
Any user can remove themselves from a group, unless they are the last Owner of the group. The following table depicts the various user permission levels in a group.
|Create project in group||✓||✓|
|Manage group members||✓|
|Manage group labels||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Create/edit/delete group milestones||✓||✓||✓|
When you add a member to a subgroup, they inherit the membership and permission level from the parent group. This model allows access to nested groups if you have membership in one of its parents.
To learn more, read through the documentation on subgroups memberships.
External users permissions
In cases where it is desired that a user has access only to some internal or private projects, there is the option of creating External Users. This feature may be useful when for example a contractor is working on a given project and should only have access to that project.
External users can only access projects to which they are explicitly granted access, thus hiding all other internal or private ones from them. Access can be granted by adding the user as member to the project or group.
They will, like usual users, receive a role in the project or group with all the abilities that are mentioned in the table above. They cannot however create groups or projects, and they have the same access as logged out users in all other cases.
An administrator can flag a user as external through the API or by checking the checkbox on the admin panel. As an administrator, navigate to Admin > Users to create a new user or edit an existing one. There, you will find the option to flag the user as external.
By default new users are not set as external users. This behavior can be changed by an administrator under Admin > Application Settings.
GitLab CI/CD permissions
GitLab CI/CD permissions rely on the role the user has in GitLab. There are four permission levels in total:
The admin user can perform any action on GitLab CI/CD in scope of the GitLab
instance and project. In addition, all admins can use the admin interface under
|See commits and jobs||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Retry or cancel job||✓||✓||✓|
|Erase job artifacts and trace||✓ 5||✓||✓|
|Change project configuration||✓||✓|
|Add specific runners||✓||✓|
|Add shared runners||✓|
|See events in the system||✓|
Note: GitLab 8.12 has a completely redesigned job permissions system. Read all about the new model and its implications.
This table shows granted privileges for jobs triggered by specific types of users:
|Run CI job||✓||✓||✓|
|Clone source and LFS from current project||✓||✓||✓|
|Clone source and LFS from public projects||✓||✓||✓|
|Clone source and LFS from internal projects||✓ 6||✓ 6||✓|
|Clone source and LFS from private projects||✓ 7||✓ 7||✓ 7|
|Push source and LFS|
|Pull container images from current project||✓||✓||✓|
|Pull container images from public projects||✓||✓||✓|
|Pull container images from internal projects||✓ 6||✓ 6||✓|
|Pull container images from private projects||✓ 7||✓ 7||✓ 7|
|Push container images to current project||✓||✓||✓|
|Push container images to other projects|
New CI job permissions model
GitLab 8.12 has a completely redesigned job permissions system. To learn more, read through the documentation on the new CI/CD permissions model.
Running pipelines on protected branches
The permission to merge or push to protected branches is used to define if a user can run CI/CD pipelines and execute actions on jobs that are related to those branches.
See Security on protected branches for details about the pipelines security model.
LDAP users permissions
Since GitLab 8.15, LDAP user permissions can now be manually overridden by an admin user. Read through the documentation on LDAP users permissions to learn more.
Auditor users permissions
Available in GitLab Premium.
An Auditor user should be able to access all projects and groups of a GitLab instance with the permissions described on the documentation on auditor users permissions.
Auditor users are available in GitLab Premium only.
On public and internal projects, all users are able to perform this action
Guest users can only view the confidential issues they created themselves
If Public pipelines is enabled in Project Settings > CI/CD
Not allowed for Guest, Reporter, Developer, Master, or Owner
Only if the job was triggered by the user
Only if user is not external one
Only if user is a member of the project