Admin Area settings

As an administrator of a GitLab self-managed instance, you can manage the behavior of your deployment.

The Admin Area is not accessible on, and settings can only be changed by the administrators. For the settings and limits on the instance, read settings.

Access the Admin Area

To access the Admin Area:

  1. Sign in to your GitLab instance as an administrator.
  2. On the top bar, select Menu > Admin.
  3. On the left sidebar, select Settings, and the group of settings to view:


The General settings contain:


The CI/CD settings contain:


The Geo setting contains:

  • Geo - Replicate your GitLab instance to other geographical locations. Redirects to Admin Area > Geo > Settings are no longer available at Admin Area > Settings > Geo in GitLab 13.0.


The Integrations settings contain:

  • Elasticsearch - Elasticsearch integration. Elasticsearch AWS IAM.
  • Kroki - Allow rendering of diagrams in AsciiDoc and Markdown documents using
  • Mailgun - Enable your GitLab instance to receive invite email bounce events from Mailgun, if it is your email provider.
  • PlantUML - Allow rendering of PlantUML diagrams in documents.
  • Slack application - Slack integration allows you to interact with GitLab via slash commands in a chat window. This option is only available on, though it may be available for self-managed instances in the future.
  • Third party offers - Control the display of third-party offers.
  • Snowplow - Configure the Snowplow integration.
  • Google GKE - Google GKE integration enables you to provision GKE clusters from GitLab.
  • Amazon EKS - Amazon EKS integration enables you to provision EKS clusters from GitLab.

Metrics and profiling

The Metrics and profiling settings contain:


The Network settings contain:


The Preferences settings contain:


The Reporting settings contain:


The Repository settings contain:


The Templates settings contain:

Default first day of the week

You can change the Default first day of the week for the entire GitLab instance:

  1. On the top bar, select Menu > Admin.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Settings > Preferences.
  3. Scroll to the Localization section, and select your desired first day of the week.