Share projects with other groups

You can share projects with other groups. This makes it possible to add a group of users to a project with a single action.

Groups as collections of users

Groups are used primarily to create collections of projects, but you can also take advantage of the fact that groups define collections of users, namely the group members.

Sharing a project with a group of users

noteIn GitLab 13.11, you can replace this form with a modal window.

The primary mechanism to give a group of users, say ‘Engineering’, access to a project, say ‘Project Acme’, in GitLab is to make the ‘Engineering’ group the owner of ‘Project Acme’. But what if ‘Project Acme’ already belongs to another group, say ‘Open Source’? This is where the group sharing feature can be of use.

To share ‘Project Acme’ with the ‘Engineering’ group:

  1. For ‘Project Acme’ use the left navigation menu to go to Members.
  2. Select the Invite group tab.
  3. Add the ‘Engineering’ group with the maximum access level of your choice.
  4. Optionally, select an expiring date.
  5. Click Invite.
  6. After sharing ‘Project Acme’ with ‘Engineering’:
    • The group is listed in the Groups tab.
    • The project is listed on the group dashboard.

Note that you can only share a project with:

  • groups for which you have an explicitly defined membership
  • groups that contain a nested subgroup or project for which you have an explicitly defined role

Administrators are able to share projects with any group in the system.

Share a project modal window

Version history
  • Introduced in GitLab 13.11.
  • Deployed behind a feature flag, disabled by default.
  • Enabled on
  • Recommended for production use.
  • Replaces the existing form with buttons to open a modal window.
  • To use in GitLab self-managed instances, ask a GitLab administrator to enable it.
cautionThis feature might not be available to you. Check the version history note above for details.

In GitLab 13.11, you can optionally replace the sharing form with a modal window. To share a project after enabling this feature:

  1. Go to your project’s page.
  2. In the left sidebar, go to Members, and then select Invite a group.
  3. Select a group, and select a Max access level.
  4. (Optional) Select an Access expiration date.
  5. Select Invite.

Enable or disable modal window

The modal window for sharing a project is under development and is ready for production use. It is deployed behind a feature flag that is disabled by default. GitLab administrators with access to the GitLab Rails console can enable it.

To enable it:


To disable it:


Maximum access level

In the example above, the maximum access level of ‘Developer’ for members from ‘Engineering’ means that users with higher access levels in ‘Engineering’ (‘Maintainer’ or ‘Owner’) only have ‘Developer’ access to ‘Project Acme’.

Sharing public project with private group

When sharing a public project with a private group, owners and maintainers of the project see the name of the group in the members page. Owners also have the possibility to see members of the private group they don’t have access to when mentioning them in the issue or merge request.

Share project with group lock

It is possible to prevent projects in a group from sharing a project with another group. This allows for tighter control over project access.

Learn more about Share with group lock.