- Service Ping
- Version check
- Configure your network
- Enable or disable usage statistics
GitLab Inc. periodically collects information about your instance in order to perform various actions.
All usage statistics are opt-out.
Service Ping is a process that collects and sends a weekly payload to GitLab Inc. For more information, see the Service Ping guide.
When Service Ping is enabled, GitLab gathers data from other instances and enables certain instance-level analytics features that are dependent on Service Ping.
If enabled, version check informs you if a new version is available and the
importance of it through a status. The status displays on the help pages (
for all signed-in users, and on the Admin Area pages. The statuses are:
- Green: You are running the latest version of GitLab.
- Orange: An updated version of GitLab is available.
- Red: The version of GitLab you are running is vulnerable. You should install the latest version with security fixes as soon as possible.
GitLab Inc. collects your instance’s version and hostname (through the HTTP referer) as part of the version check. No other information is collected.
This information is used, among other things, to identify to which versions patches must be backported, making sure active GitLab instances remain secure.
If you disable version check, this information isn’t collected.
The following example shows a basic request/response flow between a self-managed GitLab instance and the GitLab Version Application:
To send usage statistics to GitLab Inc., you must allow network traffic from your
GitLab instance to the IP address
If your GitLab instance is behind a proxy, set the appropriate proxy configuration variables.
To enable or disable Service Ping and version check:
- On the top bar, select Menu > Admin.
- In the left sidebar, select Settings > Metrics and profiling, and expand Usage statistics.
- Select or clear the Version check and Service ping checkboxes.
- Select Save changes.