Cohorts

As a benefit of having the usage ping active, you can analyze your users’ GitLab activities over time.

To see user cohorts, go to Admin Area > Overview > Users.

Overview

How do you interpret the user cohorts table? Let’s review an example with the following user cohorts:

User cohort example

For the cohort of March 2020, three users were added to this server and have been active since this month. One month later (April 2020), two users are still active. Five months later (August 2020), one user from this cohort is still active, or 33% of the original cohort of three that joined in March.

The Inactive users column shows the number of users who were added during the month, but who never had any activity in the instance.

How do we measure the activity of users? GitLab considers a user active if:

  • The user signs in.
  • The user has Git activity (whether push or pull).
  • The user visits pages related to dashboards, projects, issues, or merge requests (introduced in GitLab 11.8).
  • The user uses the API.
  • The user uses the GraphQL API.