Debian API

This is the API documentation for Debian.

cautionThis API is used by the Debian related package clients such as dput and apt-get, and is generally not meant for manual consumption. This API is under development and is not ready for production use due to limited functionality.

For instructions on how to upload and install Debian packages from the GitLab package registry, see the Debian registry documentation.

noteThese endpoints do not adhere to the standard API authentication methods. See the Debian registry documentation for details on which headers and token types are supported.

Enable the Debian API

The Debian API for GitLab is behind a feature flag that is disabled by default. GitLab administrators with access to the GitLab Rails console can enable this API for your instance.

To enable it:

Feature.enable(:debian_packages)

To disable it:

Feature.disable(:debian_packages)

Upload a package file

Introduced in GitLab 14.0.

Upload a Debian package file:

PUT projects/:id/packages/debian/:file_name
Attribute Type Required Description
id string yes The ID or full path of the project.
file_name string yes The name of the Debian package file.
curl --request PUT \
     --upload-file path/to/mypkg.deb \
     --header "Private-Token: <personal_access_token>" \
     "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/1/packages/debian/mypkg.deb"

Route prefix

The remaining endpoints described are two sets of identical routes that each make requests in different scopes:

  • Use the project-level prefix to make requests in a single project’s scope.
  • Use the group-level prefix to make requests in a single group’s scope.

The examples in this document all use the project-level prefix.

Project-level

 /projects/:id/packages/debian`
Attribute Type Required Description
id string yes The project ID or full project path.

Group-level

 /groups/:id/-/packages/debian`
Attribute Type Required Description
id string yes The project ID or full group path.

Download a distribution Release file

Introduced in GitLab 14.1.

Download a Debian package file.

GET <route-prefix>/dists/*distribution/Release
Attribute Type Required Description
distribution string yes The codename or suite of the Debian distribution.
curl --header "Private-Token: <personal_access_token>" "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/1/packages/debian/dists/my-distro/Release"

Write the output to a file:

curl --header "Private-Token: <personal_access_token>" \
     "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/1/packages/debian/dists/my-distro/Release" \
     --remote-name

This writes the downloaded file to Release in the current directory.

Download a signed distribution Release file

Introduced in GitLab 14.1.

Download a Debian package file.

Signed releases are not supported. Therefore, this endpoint downloads the unsigned release file.

GET <route-prefix>/dists/*distribution/InRelease
Attribute Type Required Description
distribution string yes The codename or suite of the Debian distribution.
curl --header "Private-Token: <personal_access_token>" "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/1/packages/debian/dists/my-distro/InRelease"

Write the output to a file:

curl --header "Private-Token: <personal_access_token>" \
     "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/1/packages/debian/dists/my-distro/InRelease" \
     --remote-name

This writes the downloaded file to InRelease in the current directory.