How to enable or disable GitLab CI/CD (FREE)

To use GitLab CI/CD, you need:

  • A valid .gitlab-ci.yml file present at the root directory of your project.
  • A runner ready to run jobs.

You can read our quick start guide to get you started.

If you use an external CI/CD server like Jenkins or Drone CI, you can disable GitLab CI/CD to avoid conflicts with the commits status API.

GitLab CI/CD is enabled by default on all new projects. You can:

If you disable GitLab CI/CD in a project:

  • The CI/CD item in the left sidebar is removed.
  • The /pipelines and /jobs pages are no longer available.
  • Existing jobs and pipelines are not deleted. Re-enable CI/CD to access them again.

The project or instance settings do not enable or disable pipelines run in an external integration.

Enable CI/CD in a project

To enable or disable GitLab CI/CD pipelines in your project:

  1. On the top bar, select Menu > Projects and find your project.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Settings > General.
  3. Expand Visibility, project features, permissions.
  4. In the Repository section, turn on or off CI/CD as required.

Project visibility also affects pipeline visibility. If set to:

  • Private: Only project members can access pipelines.
  • Internal or Public: Pipelines can be set to either Only Project Members or Everyone With Access by using the dropdown box.

Press Save changes for the settings to take effect.