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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.
Keyword reference for the .gitlab-ci.yml file 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.

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.

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.