Import groups from another instance of GitLab

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The importer migrates only the group data listed on this page. To leave feedback on this feature, see this issue.

Using GitLab Group Migration, you can migrate existing top-level groups from or a self-managed instance. Groups can be migrated to a target instance, as a top-level group, or as a subgroup of any existing top-level group.

The following resources are migrated to the target instance:

Any other items are not migrated.

Enable or disable GitLab Group Migration

GitLab Migration is deployed behind a feature flag that is enabled by default. GitLab administrators with access to the GitLab Rails console can enable it.

To enable it:


To disable it:


Import your groups into GitLab

Before you begin, ensure that the target instance of GitLab can communicate with the source over HTTPS (HTTP is not supported).

This might involve reconfiguring your firewall to prevent blocking connection on the side of self-managed instance.

Connect to the remote GitLab instance

  1. Navigate to the New Group page, either via the + button in the top navigation bar, or the New subgroup button on an existing group’s page.

    Navigation paths to create a new group

  2. On the New Group page, select Import group.

    Fill in import details

  3. Fill in source URL of your GitLab.
  4. Fill in personal access token for remote GitLab instance.
  5. Click “Connect instance”.

Selecting which groups to import

After you have authorized access to the GitLab instance, you are redirected to the GitLab Group Migration importer page. Listed are the remote GitLab groups to which you have the Owner role.

  1. By default, the proposed group namespaces match the names as they exist in remote instance, but based on your permissions, you can choose to edit these names before you proceed to import any of them.

  2. Select the Import button next to any number of groups.

  3. The Status column shows the import status of each group. You can choose to leave the page open and it updates in real-time.

  4. Once a group has been imported, click its GitLab path to open its GitLab URL.

Group Importer page