Deprecations by version

In each release, GitLab announces features that are deprecated and no longer recommended for use. Each deprecated feature will be removed in a future release. Some features cause breaking changes when they are removed.

This page contains information related to upcoming products, features, and functionality. It is important to note that the information presented is for informational purposes only. Please do not rely on this information for purchasing or planning purposes. As with all projects, the items mentioned on this page are subject to change or delay. The development, release, and timing of any products, features, or functionality remain at the sole discretion of GitLab Inc.

Announced in 15.1

Jira GitHub Enterprise DVCS integration

Planned removal: GitLab 16.0 (2023-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The Jira DVCS Connector (which enables the Jira Development Panel), will no longer support Jira Cloud users starting with GitLab 16.0. The GitLab for Jira App has always been recommended for Jira Cloud users, and it will be required instead of the DVCS connector. If you are a Jira Cloud user, we recommended you begin migrating to the GitLab for Jira App. Any Jira Server and Jira Data Center users will need to confirm they are not using the GitHub Enterprise Connector to enable the GitLab DVCS integration, but they may continue to use the native GitLab DVCS integration (supported in Jira 8.14 and later).

PipelineSecurityReportFinding name GraphQL field

Planned removal: GitLab 16.0 (2023-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

Previously, the PipelineSecurityReportFinding GraphQL type was updated to include a new title field. This field is an alias for the current name field, making the less specific name field redundant. The name field will be removed from the PipelineSecurityReportFinding type in GitLab 16.0.

PipelineSecurityReportFinding projectFingerprint GraphQL field

Planned removal: GitLab 16.0 (2023-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The project_fingerprint attribute of vulnerability findings is being deprecated in favor of a uuid attribute. By using UUIDv5 values to identify findings, we can easily associate any related entity with a finding. The project_fingerprint attribute is no longer being used to track findings, and will be removed in GitLab 16.0.

REST API Runner maintainer_note

Planned removal: GitLab 16.0 (2023-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The maintainer_note argument in the POST /runners REST endpoint was deprecated in GitLab 14.8 and replaced with the maintenance_note argument. The maintainer_note argument will be removed in GitLab 16.0.

Vulnerability Report sort by Tool

Planned removal: GitLab 15.3 (2022-08-22)

The ability to sort the Vulnerability Report by the Tool column (scan type) was disabled and put behind a feature flag in GitLab 14.10 due to a refactor of the underlying data model. The feature flag has remained off by default as further refactoring will be required to ensure sorting by this value remains performant. Due to very low usage of the Tool column for sorting, the feature flag will instead be removed in GitLab 15.3 to simplify the codebase and prevent any unwanted performance degradation.

project.pipeline.securityReportFindings GraphQL query

Planned removal: GitLab 16.0 (2023-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

Previous work helped align the vulnerabilities calls for pipeline security tabs to match the vulnerabilities calls for project-level and group-level vulnerability reports. This helped the frontend have a more consistent interface. The old project.pipeline.securityReportFindings query was formatted differently than other vulnerability data calls. Now that it has been replaced with the new project.pipeline.vulnerabilities field, the old project.pipeline.securityReportFindings is being deprecated and will be removed in GitLab 16.0.

Announced in 15.0

CiCdSettingsUpdate mutation renamed to ProjectCiCdSettingsUpdate

Planned removal: GitLab 16.0 (2023-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The CiCdSettingsUpdate mutation was renamed to ProjectCiCdSettingsUpdate in GitLab 15.0. The CiCdSettingsUpdate mutation will be removed in GitLab 16.0. Any user scripts that use the CiCdSettingsUpdate mutation must be updated to use ProjectCiCdSettingsUpdate instead.

GraphQL API legacyMode argument for Runner status

Planned removal: GitLab 16.0 (2023-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The legacyMode argument to the status field in RunnerType will be rendered non-functional in the 16.0 release as part of the deprecations details in the issue.

In GitLab 16.0 and later, the status field will act as if legacyMode is null. The legacyMode argument will be present during the 16.x cycle to avoid breaking the API signature, and will be removed altogether in the 17.0 release.

PostgreSQL 12 deprecated

Planned removal: GitLab 16.0 (2023-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

Support for PostgreSQL 12 is scheduled for removal in GitLab 16.0. In GitLab 16.0, PostgreSQL 13 becomes the minimum required PostgreSQL version.

PostgreSQL 12 will be supported for the full GitLab 15 release cycle. PostgreSQL 13 will also be supported for instances that want to upgrade prior to GitLab 16.0.

Upgrading to PostgreSQL 13 is not yet supported for GitLab instances with Geo enabled. Geo support for PostgreSQL 13 will be announced in a minor release version of GitLab 15, after the process is fully supported and validated. For more information, read the Geo related verifications on the support epic for PostgreSQL 13.

Vulnerability Report sort by State

Planned removal: GitLab 15.2 (2022-07-22)

The ability to sort the Vulnerability Report by the State column was disabled and put behind a feature flag in GitLab 14.10 due to a refactor of the underlying data model. The feature flag has remained off by default as further refactoring will be required to ensure sorting by this value remains performant. Due to very low usage of the State column for sorting, the feature flag will instead be removed in GitLab 15.2 to simplify the codebase and prevent any unwanted performance degradation.

Announced in 14.10

Dependency Scanning default Java version changed to 17

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

In GitLab 15.0, for Dependency Scanning, the default version of Java that the scanner expects will be updated from 11 to 17. Java 17 is the most up-to-date Long Term Support (LTS) version. Dependency scanning continues to support the same range of versions (8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17), only the default version is changing. If your project uses the previous default of Java 11, be sure to set the DS_Java_Version variable to match.

Manual iteration management

Planned removal: GitLab 16.0 (2023-04-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

Manual iteration management is deprecated and only automatic iteration cadences will be supported in the future.

Creating and deleting iterations will be fully removed in 16.0. Updating all iteration fields except for description will also be removed.

On the GraphQL API the following mutations will be removed:

  1. iterationCreate
  2. iterationDelete

The update updateIteration mutation will only allow updating the iteration’s description. The following arguments will be removed:

  1. title
  2. dueDate
  3. startDate

For more information about iteration cadences, you can refer to the documentation of the feature.

Outdated indices of Advanced Search migrations

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

As Advanced Search migrations usually require support multiple code paths for a long period of time, it’s important to clean those up when we safely can. We use GitLab major version upgrades as a safe time to remove backward compatibility for indices that have not been fully migrated. See the upgrade documentation for details.

Toggle notes confidentiality on APIs

Planned removal: GitLab 16.0 (2023-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

Toggling notes confidentiality with REST and GraphQL APIs is being deprecated. Updating notes confidential attribute is no longer supported by any means. We are changing this to simplify the experience and prevent private information from being unintentionally exposed.

Announced in 14.9

Background upload for object storage

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

To reduce the overall complexity and maintenance burden of GitLab’s object storage feature, support for using background_upload to upload files is deprecated and will be fully removed in GitLab 15.0. Review the 15.0 specific changes for the removed background uploads settings for object storage.

This impacts a small subset of object storage providers:

  • OpenStack Customers using OpenStack need to change their configuration to use the S3 API instead of Swift.
  • RackSpace Customers using RackSpace-based object storage need to migrate data to a different provider.

GitLab will publish additional guidance to assist affected customers in migrating.

Deprecate support for Debian 9

Planned removal: GitLab 15.1 (2022-06-22)

Long term service and support (LTSS) for Debian 9 Stretch ends in July 2022. Therefore, we will no longer support the Debian 9 distribution for the GitLab package. Users can upgrade to Debian 10 or Debian 11.

GitLab Pages running as daemon

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

In 15.0, support for daemon mode for GitLab Pages will be removed.

GitLab self-monitoring project

Planned removal: GitLab 16.0 (2023-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

GitLab self-monitoring gives administrators of self-hosted GitLab instances the tools to monitor the health of their instances. This feature is deprecated in GitLab 14.9, and is scheduled for removal in 16.0.

GraphQL permissions change for Package settings

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The GitLab Package stage offers a Package Registry, Container Registry, and Dependency Proxy to help you manage all of your dependencies using GitLab. Each of these product categories has a variety of settings that can be adjusted using the API.

The permissions model for GraphQL is being updated. After 15.0, users with the Guest, Reporter, and Developer role can no longer update these settings:

Move custom_hooks_dir setting from GitLab Shell to Gitaly

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

The custom_hooks_dir setting is now configured in Gitaly, and will be removed from GitLab Shell in GitLab 15.0.

Permissions change for downloading Composer dependencies

Planned removal: GitLab 14.10 (2022-04-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The GitLab Composer repository can be used to push, search, fetch metadata about, and download PHP dependencies. All these actions require authentication, except for downloading dependencies.

Downloading Composer dependencies without authentication is deprecated in GitLab 14.9, and will be removed in GitLab 15.0. Starting with GitLab 15.0, you must authenticate to download Composer dependencies.

htpasswd Authentication for the Container Registry

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The Container Registry supports authentication with htpasswd. It relies on an Apache htpasswd file, with passwords hashed using bcrypt.

Since it isn’t used in the context of GitLab (the product), htpasswd authentication will be deprecated in GitLab 14.9 and removed in GitLab 15.0.

user_email_lookup_limit API field

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The user_email_lookup_limit API field is deprecated and will be removed in GitLab 15.0. Until GitLab 15.0, user_email_lookup_limit is aliased to search_rate_limit and existing workflows will continue to work.

Any API calls attempting to change the rate limits for user_email_lookup_limit should use search_rate_limit instead.

Announced in 14.8

Configurable Gitaly per_repository election strategy

Planned removal: GitLab 14.9 (2022-03-22)

Configuring the per_repository Gitaly election strategy is deprecated. per_repository has been the only option since GitLab 14.0.

This change is part of regular maintenance to keep our codebase clean.

Container Network and Host Security

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

All functionality related to GitLab’s Container Network Security and Container Host Security categories is deprecated in GitLab 14.8 and scheduled for removal in GitLab 15.0. Users who need a replacement for this functionality are encouraged to evaluate the following open source projects as potential solutions that can be installed and managed outside of GitLab: AppArmor, Cilium, Falco, FluentD, Pod Security Admission. To integrate these technologies into GitLab, add the desired Helm charts into your copy of the Cluster Management Project Template. Deploy these Helm charts in production by calling commands through GitLab CI/CD.

As part of this change, the following specific capabilities within GitLab are now deprecated, and are scheduled for removal in GitLab 15.0:

  • The Security & Compliance > Threat Monitoring page.
  • The Network Policy security policy type, as found on the Security & Compliance > Policies page.
  • The ability to manage integrations with the following technologies through GitLab: AppArmor, Cilium, Falco, FluentD, and Pod Security Policies.
  • All APIs related to the above functionality.

For additional context, or to provide feedback regarding this change, please reference our open deprecation issue.

Dependency Scanning Python 3.9 and 3.6 image deprecation

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

For those using Dependency Scanning for Python projects, we are deprecating the default gemnasium-python:2 image which uses Python 3.6 as well as the custom gemnasium-python:2-python-3.9 image which uses Python 3.9. The new default image as of GitLab 15.0 will be for Python 3.9 as it is a supported version and 3.6 is no longer supported.

For users using Python 3.9 or 3.9-compatible projects, you should not need to take action and dependency scanning should begin to work in GitLab 15.0. If you wish to test the new container now please run a test pipeline in your project with this container (which will be removed in 15.0). Use the Python 3.9 image:

gemnasium-python-dependency_scanning:
  image:
    name: registry.gitlab.com/gitlab-org/security-products/analyzers/gemnasium-python:2-python-3.9

For users using Python 3.6, as of GitLab 15.0 you will no longer be able to use the default template for dependency scanning. You will need to switch to use the deprecated gemnasium-python:2 analyzer image. If you are impacted by this please comment in this issue so we can extend the removal if needed.

For users using the 3.9 special exception image, you must instead use the default value and no longer override your container. To verify if you are using the 3.9 special exception image, check your .gitlab-ci.yml file for the following reference:

gemnasium-python-dependency_scanning:
  image:
    name: registry.gitlab.com/gitlab-org/security-products/analyzers/gemnasium-python:2-python-3.9

Deprecate Geo Admin UI Routes

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

In GitLab 13.0, we introduced new project and design replication details routes in the Geo Admin UI. These routes are /admin/geo/replication/projects and /admin/geo/replication/designs. We kept the legacy routes and redirected them to the new routes. In GitLab 15.0, we will remove support for the legacy routes /admin/geo/projects and /admin/geo/designs. Please update any bookmarks or scripts that may use the legacy routes.

Deprecate custom Geo:db:* Rake tasks

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

In GitLab 14.8, we are replacing the geo:db:* Rake tasks with built-in tasks that are now possible after switching the Geo tracking database to use Rails’ 6 support of multiple databases. The following geo:db:* tasks will be replaced with their corresponding db:*:geo tasks:

  • geo:db:drop -> db:drop:geo
  • geo:db:create -> db:create:geo
  • geo:db:setup -> db:setup:geo
  • geo:db:migrate -> db:migrate:geo
  • geo:db:rollback -> db:rollback:geo
  • geo:db:version -> db:version:geo
  • geo:db:reset -> db:reset:geo
  • geo:db:seed -> db:seed:geo
  • geo:schema:load:geo -> db:schema:load:geo
  • geo:db:schema:dump -> db:schema:dump:geo
  • geo:db:migrate:up -> db:migrate:up:geo
  • geo:db:migrate:down -> db:migrate:down:geo
  • geo:db:migrate:redo -> db:migrate:redo:geo
  • geo:db:migrate:status -> db:migrate:status:geo
  • geo:db:test:prepare -> db:test:prepare:geo
  • geo:db:test:load -> db:test:load:geo
  • geo:db:test:purge -> db:test:purge:geo

Deprecate feature flag PUSH_RULES_SUPERSEDE_CODE_OWNERS

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The feature flag PUSH_RULES_SUPERSEDE_CODE_OWNERS is being removed in GitLab 15.0. Upon its removal, push rules will supersede CODEOWNERS. The CODEOWNERS feature will no longer be available for access control.

Deprecate legacy Gitaly configuration methods

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

Using environment variables GIT_CONFIG_SYSTEM and GIT_CONFIG_GLOBAL to configure Gitaly is deprecated. These variables are being replaced with standard config.toml Gitaly configuration.

GitLab instances that use GIT_CONFIG_SYSTEM and GIT_CONFIG_GLOBAL to configure Gitaly should switch to configuring using config.toml.

Elasticsearch 6.8

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

Elasticsearch 6.8 is deprecated in GitLab 14.8 and scheduled for removal in GitLab 15.0. Customers using Elasticsearch 6.8 need to upgrade their Elasticsearch version to 7.x prior to upgrading to GitLab 15.0. We recommend using the latest version of Elasticsearch 7 to benefit from all Elasticsearch improvements.

Elasticsearch 6.8 is also incompatible with Amazon OpenSearch, which we plan to support in GitLab 15.0.

External status check API breaking changes

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The external status check API was originally implemented to support pass-by-default requests to mark a status check as passing. Pass-by-default requests are now deprecated. Specifically, the following are deprecated:

  • Requests that do not contain the status field.
  • Requests that have the status field set to approved.

Beginning in GitLab 15.0, status checks will only be updated to a passing state if the status field is both present and set to passed. Requests that:

  • Do not contain the status field will be rejected with a 422 error. For more information, see the relevant issue.
  • Contain any value other than passed will cause the status check to fail. For more information, see the relevant issue.

To align with this change, API calls to list external status checks will also return the value of passed rather than approved for status checks that have passed.

GraphQL ID and GlobalID compatibility

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-04-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

We are removing a non-standard extension to our GraphQL processor, which we added for backwards compatibility. This extension modifies the validation of GraphQL queries, allowing the use of the ID type for arguments where it would normally be rejected. Some arguments originally had the type ID. These were changed to specific kinds of ID. This change may be a breaking change if you:

  • Use GraphQL.
  • Use the ID type for any argument in your query signatures.

Some field arguments still have the ID type. These are typically for IID values, or namespace paths. An example is Query.project(fullPath: ID!).

For a list of affected and unaffected field arguments, see the deprecation issue.

You can test if this change affects you by validating your queries locally, using schema data fetched from a GitLab server. You can do this by using the GraphQL explorer tool for the relevant GitLab instance. For example: https://gitlab.com/-/graphql-explorer.

For example, the following query illustrates the breaking change:

# a query using the deprecated type of Query.issue(id:)
# WARNING: This will not work after GitLab 15.0
query($id: ID!) {
  deprecated: issue(id: $id) {
    title, description
  }
}

The query above will not work after GitLab 15.0 is released, because the type of Query.issue(id:) is actually IssueID!.

Instead, you should use one of the following two forms:

# This will continue to work
query($id: IssueID!) {
  a: issue(id: $id) {
    title, description
  }
  b: issue(id: "gid://gitlab/Issue/12345") {
    title, description
  }
}

This query works now, and will continue to work after GitLab 15.0. You should convert any queries in the first form (using ID as a named type in the signature) to one of the other two forms (using the correct appropriate type in the signature, or using an inline argument expression).

OAuth tokens without expiration

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

By default, all new applications expire access tokens after 2 hours. In GitLab 14.2 and earlier, OAuth access tokens had no expiration. In GitLab 15.0, an expiry will be automatically generated for any existing token that does not already have one.

You should opt in to expiring tokens before GitLab 15.0 is released:

  1. Edit the application.
  2. Select Expire access tokens to enable them. Tokens must be revoked or they don’t expire.

Optional enforcement of PAT expiration

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The feature to disable enforcement of PAT expiration is unusual from a security perspective. We have become concerned that this unusual feature could create unexpected behavior for users. Unexpected behavior in a security feature is inherently dangerous, so we have decided to remove this feature.

Optional enforcement of SSH expiration

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The feature to disable enforcement of SSH expiration is unusual from a security perspective. We have become concerned that this unusual feature could create unexpected behavior for users. Unexpected behavior in a security feature is inherently dangerous, so we have decided to remove this feature.

Out-of-the-box SAST support for Java 8

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The GitLab SAST SpotBugs analyzer scans Java, Scala, Groovy, and Kotlin code for security vulnerabilities. For technical reasons, the analyzer must first compile the code before scanning. Unless you use the pre-compilation strategy, the analyzer attempts to automatically compile your project’s code.

In GitLab versions prior to 15.0, the analyzer image includes Java 8 and Java 11 runtimes to facilitate compilation.

In GitLab 15.0, we will:

  • Remove Java 8 from the analyzer image to reduce the size of the image.
  • Add Java 17 to the analyzer image to make it easier to compile with Java 17.

If you rely on Java 8 being present in the analyzer environment, you must take action as detailed in the deprecation issue for this change.

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The instanceStatisticsMeasurements GraphQL node has been renamed to usageTrendsMeasurements in 13.10 and the old field name has been marked as deprecated. To fix the existing GraphQL queries, replace instanceStatisticsMeasurements with usageTrendsMeasurements.

REST API Runner will not accept status filter values of active or paused

Planned removal: GitLab 16.0 (2023-04-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The GitLab Runner REST endpoints will stop accepting paused or active as a status value in GitLab 16.0.

A runner’s status will only relate to runner contact status, such as: online, offline. Status values paused or active will no longer be accepted and will be replaced by the paused query parameter.

When checking for paused runners, API users are advised to specify paused=true as the query parameter. When checking for active runners, specify paused=false.

REST API endpoint to list group runners no longer accepts project_type value for type argument

Planned removal: GitLab 16.0 (2023-04-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The GET /groups/:id/runners?type=project_type endpoint will be removed in GitLab 16.0. The endpoint always returned an empty collection.

REST and GraphQL API Runner usage of active replaced by paused

Planned removal: GitLab 16.0 (2023-04-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

Occurrences of the active identifier in the GitLab Runner REST and GraphQL API endpoints will be renamed to paused in GitLab 16.0, namely:

  • GraphQL API:
    • the CiRunner property;
    • the RunnerUpdateInput input type for the runnerUpdate mutation;
    • the runners and Group.runners queries.
  • REST API:
    • endpoints taking or returning active properties, such as:
      • GET /runners
      • GET /runners/all
      • GET /runners/:id / PUT /runners/:id
      • PUT --form "active=false" /runners/:runner_id
      • GET /projects/:id/runners / POST /projects/:id/runners
      • GET /groups/:id/runners

The 16.0 release of the GitLab Runner will start using the paused property when registering runners, and therefore will only be compatible with GitLab 16.0 and later. Until 16.0, GitLab will accept the deprecated active flag from existing runners.

Request profiling

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

Request profiling is deprecated in GitLab 14.8 and scheduled for removal in GitLab 15.0.

We’re working on consolidating our profiling tools and making them more easily accessible. We evaluated the use of this feature and we found that it is not widely used. It also depends on a few third-party gems that are not actively maintained anymore, have not been updated for the latest version of Ruby, or crash frequently when profiling heavy page loads.

For more information, check the summary section of the deprecation issue.

Required pipeline configurations in Premium tier

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The required pipeline configuration feature is deprecated in GitLab 14.8 for Premium customers and is scheduled for removal in GitLab 15.0. This feature is not deprecated for GitLab Ultimate customers.

This change to move the feature to GitLab’s Ultimate tier is intended to help our features better align with our pricing philosophy as we see demand for this feature originating primarily from executives.

This change will also help GitLab remain consistent in its tiering strategy with the other related Ultimate-tier features of: Security policies and compliance framework pipelines.

Retire-JS Dependency Scanning tool

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

As of 14.8 the retire.js job is being deprecated from Dependency Scanning. It will continue to be included in our CI/CD template while deprecated. We are removing retire.js from Dependency Scanning on May 22, 2022 in GitLab 15.0. JavaScript scanning functionality will not be affected as it is still being covered by Gemnasium.

If you have explicitly excluded retire.js using DS_EXCLUDED_ANALYZERS you will need to clean up (remove the reference) in 15.0. If you have customized your pipeline’s Dependency Scanning configuration related to the retire-js-dependency_scanning job you will want to switch to gemnasium-dependency_scanning before the removal in 15.0, to prevent your pipeline from failing. If you have not used the DS_EXCLUDED_ANALYZERS to reference retire.js, or customized your template specifically for retire.js, you will not need to take action.

SAST analyzer consolidation and CI/CD template changes

Planned removal: GitLab 15.2 (2022-07-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

GitLab SAST uses various analyzers to scan code for vulnerabilities.

We are reducing the number of analyzers used in GitLab SAST as part of our long-term strategy to deliver a better and more consistent user experience. Streamlining the set of analyzers will also enable faster iteration, better results, and greater efficiency (including a reduction in CI runner usage in most cases).

In GitLab 15.2, GitLab SAST will no longer use the following analyzers:

note
This change was originally planned for GitLab 15.0 and has been postponed.

These analyzers will be removed from the GitLab-managed SAST CI/CD template and replaced with the Semgrep-based analyzer. They will no longer receive routine updates, except for security issues. We will not delete container images previously published for these analyzers; any such change would be announced as a deprecation, removal, or breaking change announcement.

We will also remove Java from the scope of the SpotBugs analyzer and replace it with the Semgrep-based analyzer. This change will make it simpler to scan Java code; compilation will no longer be required. This change will be reflected in the automatic language detection portion of the GitLab-managed SAST CI/CD template.

If you applied customizations to any of the affected analyzers or if you currently disable the Semgrep analyzer in your pipelines, you must take action as detailed in the deprecation issue for this change.

SAST support for .NET 2.1

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The GitLab SAST Security Code Scan analyzer scans .NET code for security vulnerabilities. For technical reasons, the analyzer must first build the code to scan it.

In GitLab versions prior to 15.0, the default analyzer image (version 2) includes support for:

  • .NET 2.1
  • .NET 3.0 and .NET Core 3.0
  • .NET Core 3.1
  • .NET 5.0

In GitLab 15.0, we will change the default major version for this analyzer from version 2 to version 3. This change:

Version 3 was announced in GitLab 14.6 and made available as an optional upgrade.

If you rely on .NET 2.1 support being present in the analyzer image by default, you must take action as detailed in the deprecation issue for this change.

Secret Detection configuration variables deprecated

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

To make it simpler and more reliable to customize GitLab Secret Detection, we’re deprecating some of the variables that you could previously set in your CI/CD configuration.

The following variables currently allow you to customize the options for historical scanning, but interact poorly with the GitLab-managed CI/CD template and are now deprecated:

  • SECRET_DETECTION_COMMIT_FROM
  • SECRET_DETECTION_COMMIT_TO
  • SECRET_DETECTION_COMMITS
  • SECRET_DETECTION_COMMITS_FILE

The SECRET_DETECTION_ENTROPY_LEVEL previously allowed you to configure rules that only considered the entropy level of strings in your codebase, and is now deprecated. This type of entropy-only rule created an unacceptable number of incorrect results (false positives) and is no longer supported.

In GitLab 15.0, we’ll update the Secret Detection analyzer to ignore these deprecated options. You’ll still be able to configure historical scanning of your commit history by setting the SECRET_DETECTION_HISTORIC_SCAN CI/CD variable.

For further details, see the deprecation issue for this change.

Secure and Protect analyzer images published in new location

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

caution
This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

GitLab uses various analyzers to scan for security vulnerabilities. Each analyzer is distributed as a container image.

Starting in GitLab 14.8, new versions of GitLab Secure and Protect analyzers are published to a new registry location under registry.gitlab.com/security-products.

We will update the default value of GitLab-managed CI/CD templates to reflect this change:

  • For all analyzers except Container Scanning, we will update the variable SECURE_ANALYZERS_PREFIX to the new image registry location.
  • For Container Scanning, the default image address is already updated. There is no SECURE_ANALYZERS_PREFIX variable for Container Scanning.

In a future release, we will stop publishing images to registry.gitlab.com/gitlab-org/security-products/analyzers. Once this happens, you must take action if you manually pull images and push them into a separate registry. This is commonly the case for offline deployments. Otherwise, you won’t receive further updates.

See the deprecation issue for more details.

Secure and Protect analyzer major version update

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The Secure and Protect stages will be bumping the major versions of their analyzers in tandem with the GitLab 15.0 release. This major bump will enable a clear delineation for analyzers, between:

  • Those released prior to May 22, 2022, which generate reports that are not subject to stringent schema validation.
  • Those released after May 22, 2022, which generate reports that are subject to stringent schema validation.

If you are not using the default inclusion templates, or have pinned your analyzer versions you will need to update your CI/CD job definition to either remove the pinned version or to update the latest major version. Users of GitLab 12.0-14.10 will continue to experience analyzer updates as normal until the release of GitLab 15.0, following which all newly fixed bugs and newly released features in the new major versions of the analyzers will not be available in the deprecated versions because we do not backport bugs and new features as per our maintenance policy. As required security patches will be backported within the latest 3 minor releases. Specifically, the following are being deprecated and will no longer be updated after 15.0 GitLab release:

  • API Security: version 1
  • Container Scanning: version 4
  • Coverage-guided fuzz testing: version 2
  • Dependency Scanning: version 2
  • Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST): version 2
  • Infrastructure as Code (IaC) Scanning: version 1
  • License Scanning: version 3
  • Secret Detection: version 3
  • Static Application Security Testing (SAST): version 2 of all analyzers, except gosec which is currently at version 3
    • bandit: version 2
    • brakeman: version 2
    • eslint: version 2
    • flawfinder: version 2
    • gosec: version 3
    • kubesec: version 2
    • mobsf: version 2
    • nodejs-scan: version 2
    • phpcs-security-audit: version 2
    • pmd-apex: version 2
    • security-code-scan: version 2
    • semgrep: version 2
    • sobelow: version 2
    • spotbugs: version 2

Support for gRPC-aware proxy deployed between Gitaly and rest of GitLab

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

Although not recommended or documented, it was possible to deploy a gRPC-aware proxy between Gitaly and the rest of GitLab. For example, NGINX and Envoy. The ability to deploy a gRPC-aware proxy is deprecated. If you currently use a gRPC-aware proxy for Gitaly connections, you should change your proxy configuration to use TCP or TLS proxying (OSI layer 4) instead.

Gitaly Cluster became incompatible with gRPC-aware proxies in GitLab 13.12. Now all GitLab installations will be incompatible with gRPC-aware proxies, even without Gitaly Cluster.

By sending some of our internal RPC traffic through a custom protocol (instead of gRPC) we increase throughput and reduce Go garbage collection latency. For more information, see the relevant epic.

Test coverage project CI/CD setting

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

To simplify setting a test coverage pattern, in GitLab 15.0 the project setting for test coverage parsing is being removed.

Instead, using the project’s .gitlab-ci.yml, provide a regular expression with the coverage keyword to set testing coverage results in merge requests.

Vulnerability Check

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The vulnerability check feature is deprecated in GitLab 14.8 and scheduled for removal in GitLab 15.0. We encourage you to migrate to the new security approvals feature instead. You can do so by navigating to Security & Compliance > Policies and creating a new Scan Result Policy.

The new security approvals feature is similar to vulnerability check. For example, both can require approvals for MRs that contain security vulnerabilities. However, security approvals improve the previous experience in several ways:

  • Users can choose who is allowed to edit security approval rules. An independent security or compliance team can therefore manage rules in a way that prevents development project maintainers from modifying the rules.
  • Multiple rules can be created and chained together to allow for filtering on different severity thresholds for each scanner type.
  • A two-step approval process can be enforced for any desired changes to security approval rules.
  • A single set of security policies can be applied to multiple development projects to allow for ease in maintaining a single, centralized ruleset.

CI_BUILD_* predefined variables

Planned removal: GitLab 16.0 (2023-04-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The predefined CI/CD variables that start with CI_BUILD_* were deprecated in GitLab 9.0, and will be removed in GitLab 16.0. If you still use these variables, be sure to change to the replacement predefined variables which are functionally identical:

Removed variable Replacement variable
CI_BUILD_BEFORE_SHA CI_COMMIT_BEFORE_SHA
CI_BUILD_ID CI_JOB_ID
CI_BUILD_MANUAL CI_JOB_MANUAL
CI_BUILD_NAME CI_JOB_NAME
CI_BUILD_REF CI_COMMIT_SHA
CI_BUILD_REF_NAME CI_COMMIT_REF_NAME
CI_BUILD_REF_SLUG CI_COMMIT_REF_SLUG
CI_BUILD_REPO CI_REPOSITORY_URL
CI_BUILD_STAGE CI_JOB_STAGE
CI_BUILD_TAG CI_COMMIT_TAG
CI_BUILD_TOKEN CI_JOB_TOKEN
CI_BUILD_TRIGGERED CI_PIPELINE_TRIGGERED

projectFingerprint in PipelineSecurityReportFinding GraphQL

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The projectFingerprint field in the PipelineSecurityReportFinding GraphQL object is being deprecated. This field contains a “fingerprint” of security findings used to determine uniqueness. The method for calculating fingerprints has changed, resulting in different values. Going forward, the new values will be exposed in the UUID field. Data previously available in the projectFingerprint field will eventually be removed entirely.

started iterations API field

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The started field in the iterations API is being deprecated and will be removed in GitLab 15.0. This field is being replaced with the current field (already available) which aligns with the naming for other time-based entities, such as milestones.

Announced in 14.7

Container scanning schemas below 14.0.0

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

Container scanning report schemas versions earlier than 14.0.0 will no longer be supported in GitLab 15.0. Reports that do not pass validation against the schema version declared in the report will also no longer be supported in GitLab 15.0.

Third-party tools that integrate with GitLab by outputting a container scanning security report as a pipeline job artifact are affected. You must ensure that all output reports adhere to the correct schema with a minimum version of 14.0.0. Reports with a lower version or that fail to validate against the declared schema version will not be processed, and vulnerability findings will not display in MRs, pipelines, or Vulnerability Reports.

To help with the transition, from GitLab 14.10, non-compliant reports will display a warning in the Vulnerability Report.

Coverage guided fuzzing schemas below 14.0.0

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

Coverage guided fuzzing report schemas below version 14.0.0 will no longer be supported in GitLab 15.0. Reports that do not pass validation against the schema version declared in the report will also no longer be supported in GitLab 15.0.

Third-party tools that integrate with GitLab by outputting a coverage guided fuzzing security report as a pipeline job artifact are affected. You must ensure that all output reports adhere to the correct schema with a minimum version of 14.0.0. Any reports with a lower version or that fail to validate against the declared schema version will not be processed, and vulnerability findings will not display in MRs, pipelines, or Vulnerability Reports.

To help with the transition, from GitLab 14.10, non-compliant reports will display a warning in the Vulnerability Report.

DAST schemas below 14.0.0

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

DAST report schemas versions earlier than 14.0.0 will no longer be supported in GitLab 15.0. Reports that do not pass validation against the schema version declared in the report will also no longer be supported as of GitLab 15.0.

Third-party tools that integrate with GitLab by outputting a DAST security report as a pipeline job artifact are affected. You must ensure that all output reports adhere to the correct schema with a minimum version of 14.0.0. Reports with a lower version or that fail to validate against the declared schema version will not be processed, and vulnerability findings will not display in MRs, pipelines, or Vulnerability Reports.

To help with the transition, from GitLab 14.10, non-compliant reports will cause a warning to be displayed in the Vulnerability Report.

Dependency scanning schemas below 14.0.0

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

Dependency scanning report schemas versions earlier than 14.0.0 will no longer be supported in GitLab 15.0. Reports that do not pass validation against the schema version declared in the report will also no longer be supported as of GitLab 15.0.

Third-party tools that integrate with GitLab by outputting a Dependency scanning security report as a pipeline job artifact are affected. You must ensure that all output reports adhere to the correct schema with a minimum version of 14.0.0. Reports with a lower version or that fail to validate against the declared schema version will not be processed, and vulnerability findings will not display in MRs, pipelines, or Vulnerability Reports.

To help with the transition, from GitLab 14.10, non-compliant reports will cause a warning to be displayed in the Vulnerability Report.

Enforced validation of security report schemas

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

Security report schemas versions earlier than 14.0.0 will no longer be supported in GitLab 15.0. Reports that do not pass validation against the schema version declared in the report will also no longer be supported in GitLab 15.0.

Security tools that integrate with GitLab by outputting security reports as pipeline job artifacts are affected. You must ensure that all output reports adhere to the correct schema with a minimum version of 14.0.0. Reports with a lower version or that fail to validate against the declared schema version will not be processed, and vulnerability findings will not display in MRs, pipelines, or Vulnerability Reports.

To help with the transition, from GitLab 14.10, non-compliant reports will display a warning in the Vulnerability Report.

Godep support in License Compliance

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

The Godep dependency manager for Golang was deprecated in 2020 by Go and has been replaced with Go modules. To reduce our maintenance cost we are deprecating License Compliance for Godep projects as of 14.7 and will remove it in GitLab 15.0

Logging in GitLab

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The logging features in GitLab allow users to install the ELK stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana) to aggregate and manage application logs. Users can search for relevant logs in GitLab. However, since deprecating certificate-based integration with Kubernetes clusters and GitLab Managed Apps, we don’t have a recommended solution for logging within GitLab. For more information, you can follow the issue for integrating Opstrace with GitLab.

Monitor performance metrics through Prometheus

Planned removal: GitLab 16.0 (2023-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

By displaying data stored in a Prometheus instance, GitLab allows users to view performance metrics. GitLab also displays visualizations of these metrics in dashboards. The user can connect to a previously-configured external Prometheus instance, or set up Prometheus as a GitLab Managed App. However, since certificate-based integration with Kubernetes clusters is deprecated in GitLab, the metrics functionality in GitLab that relies on Prometheus is also deprecated. This includes the metrics visualizations in dashboards. GitLab is working to develop a single user experience based on Opstrace. An issue exists for you to follow work on the Opstrace integration.

Pseudonymizer

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

The Pseudonymizer feature is generally unused, can cause production issues with large databases, and can interfere with object storage development. It is now considered deprecated, and will be removed in GitLab 15.0.

SAST schemas below 14.0.0

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

SAST report schemas versions earlier than 14.0.0 will no longer be supported in GitLab 15.0. Reports that do not pass validation against the schema version declared in the report will also no longer be supported as of GitLab 15.0.

Third-party tools that integrate with GitLab by outputting a SAST security report as a pipeline job artifact are affected. You must ensure that all output reports adhere to the correct schema with a minimum version of 14.0.0. Reports with a lower version or that fail to validate against the declared schema version will not be processed, and vulnerability findings will not display in MRs, pipelines, or Vulnerability Reports.

To help with the transition, from GitLab 14.10, non-compliant reports will display a warning in the Vulnerability Report.

Secret detection schemas below 14.0.0

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

Secret detection report schemas versions earlier than 14.0.0 will no longer be supported in GitLab 15.0. Reports that do not pass validation against the schema version declared in the report will also no longer be supported as of GitLab 15.0.

Third-party tools that integrate with GitLab by outputting a Secret detection security report as a pipeline job artifact are affected. You must ensure that all output reports adhere to the correct schema with a minimum version of 14.0.0. Reports with a lower version or that fail to validate against the declared schema version will not be processed, and vulnerability findings will not display in MRs, pipelines, or Vulnerability Reports.

To help with the transition, from GitLab 14.10, non-compliant reports will display a warning in the Vulnerability Report.

Sidekiq metrics and health checks configuration

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

Exporting Sidekiq metrics and health checks using a single process and port is deprecated. Support will be removed in 15.0.

We have updated Sidekiq to export metrics and health checks from two separate processes to improve stability and availability and prevent data loss in edge cases. As those are two separate servers, a configuration change will be required in 15.0 to explicitly set separate ports for metrics and health-checks. The newly introduced settings for sidekiq['health_checks_*'] should always be set in gitlab.rb. For more information, check the documentation for configuring Sidekiq.

These changes also require updates in either Prometheus to scrape the new endpoint or k8s health-checks to target the new health-check port to work properly, otherwise either metrics or health-checks will disappear.

For the deprecation period those settings are optional and GitLab will default the Sidekiq health-checks port to the same port as sidekiq_exporter and only run one server (not changing the current behaviour). Only if they are both set and a different port is provided, a separate metrics server will spin up to serve the Sidekiq metrics, similar to the way Sidekiq will behave in 15.0.

Static Site Editor

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

The Static Site Editor will no longer be available starting in GitLab 15.0. Improvements to the Markdown editing experience across GitLab will deliver smiliar benefit but with a wider reach. Incoming requests to the Static Site Editor will be redirected to the Web IDE.

Current users of the Static Site Editor can view the documentation for more information, including how to remove the configuration files from existing projects.

Tracing in GitLab

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

Tracing in GitLab is an integration with Jaeger, an open-source end-to-end distributed tracing system. GitLab users can navigate to their Jaeger instance to gain insight into the performance of a deployed application, tracking each function or microservice that handles a given request. Tracing in GitLab is deprecated in GitLab 14.7, and scheduled for removal in 15.0. To track work on a possible replacement, see the issue for Opstrace integration with GitLab.

artifacts:report:cobertura keyword

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

Currently, test coverage visualizations in GitLab only support Cobertura reports. Starting 15.0, the artifacts:report:cobertura keyword will be replaced by artifacts:reports:coverage_report. Cobertura will be the only supported report file in 15.0, but this is the first step towards GitLab supporting other report types.

merged_by API field

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The merged_by field in the merge request API is being deprecated and will be removed in GitLab 15.0. This field is being replaced with the merge_user field (already present in GraphQL) which more correctly identifies who merged a merge request when performing actions (merge when pipeline succeeds, add to merge train) other than a simple merge.

Announced in 14.6

CI/CD job name length limit

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

In GitLab 15.0 we are going to limit the number of characters in CI/CD job names to 255. Any pipeline with job names that exceed the 255 character limit will stop working after the 15.0 release.

Legacy approval status names from License Compliance API

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

caution
This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

We deprecated legacy names for approval status of license policy (blacklisted, approved) in the managed_licenses API but they are still used in our API queries and responses. They will be removed in 15.0.

If you are using our License Compliance API you should stop using the approved and blacklisted query parameters, they are now allowed and denied. In 15.0 the responses will also stop using approved and blacklisted so you need to adjust any of your custom tools to use the old and new values so they do not break with the 15.0 release.

type and types keyword in CI/CD configuration

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The type and types CI/CD keywords will be removed in GitLab 15.0. Pipelines that use these keywords will stop working, so you must switch to stage and stages, which have the same behavior.

apiFuzzingCiConfigurationCreate GraphQL mutation

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The API Fuzzing configuration snippet is now being generated client-side and does not require an API request anymore. We are therefore deprecating the apiFuzzingCiConfigurationCreate mutation which isn’t being used in GitLab anymore.

bundler-audit Dependency Scanning tool

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

As of 14.6 bundler-audit is being deprecated from Dependency Scanning. It will continue to be in our CI/CD template while deprecated. We are removing bundler-audit from Dependency Scanning on May 22, 2022 in 15.0. After this removal Ruby scanning functionality will not be affected as it is still being covered by Gemnasium.

If you have explicitly excluded bundler-audit using DS_EXCLUDED_ANALYZERS you will need to clean up (remove the reference) in 15.0. If you have customized your pipeline’s Dependency Scanning configuration, for example to edit the bundler-audit-dependency_scanning job, you will want to switch to gemnasium-dependency_scanning before removal in 15.0, to prevent your pipeline from failing. If you have not used the DS_EXCLUDED_ANALYZERS to reference bundler-audit, or customized your template specifically for bundler-audit, you will not need to take action.

Announced in 14.5

Changing an instance (shared) runner to a project (specific) runner

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

In GitLab 15.0, you can no longer change an instance (shared) runner to a project (specific) runner.

Users often accidentally change instance runners to project runners, and they’re unable to change them back. GitLab does not allow you to change a project runner to a shared runner because of the security implications. A runner meant for one project could be set to run jobs for an entire instance.

Administrators who need to add runners for multiple projects can register a runner for one project, then go to the Admin view and choose additional projects.

Known host required for GitLab Runner SSH executor

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

In GitLab 14.3, we added a configuration setting in the GitLab Runner config.toml file. This setting, [runners.ssh.disable_strict_host_key_checking], controls whether or not to use strict host key checking with the SSH executor.

In GitLab 15.0 and later, the default value for this configuration option will change from true to false. This means that strict host key checking will be enforced when using the GitLab Runner SSH executor.

Package pipelines in API payload is paginated

Planned removal: GitLab 16.0 (2023-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

A request to the API for /api/v4/projects/:id/packages returns a paginated result of packages. Each package lists all of its pipelines in this response. This is a performance concern, as it’s possible for a package to have hundreds or thousands of associated pipelines.

In milestone 16.0, we will remove the pipelines attribute from the API response.

REST and GraphQL API Runner status will not return paused

Planned removal: GitLab 16.0 (2023-04-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The GitLab Runner REST and GraphQL API endpoints will not return paused or active as a status in GitLab 16.0.

A runner’s status will only relate to runner contact status, such as: online, offline, or not_connected. Status paused or active will no longer appear.

When checking if a runner is paused, API users are advised to check the boolean attribute paused to be true instead. When checking if a runner is active, check if paused is false.

SaaS certificate-based integration with Kubernetes

Planned removal: GitLab 15.6 (2022-11-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The certificate-based integration with Kubernetes will be deprecated and removed. As a GitLab SaaS customer, on new namespaces, you will no longer be able to integrate GitLab and your cluster using the certificate-based approach as of GitLab 15.0. The integration for current users will be enabled per namespace. The integrations are expected to be switched off completely on GitLab SaaS around 2022 November 22.

For a more robust, secure, forthcoming, and reliable integration with Kubernetes, we recommend you use the agent for Kubernetes to connect Kubernetes clusters with GitLab. How do I migrate?

For updates and details about this deprecation, follow this epic.

GitLab self-managed customers can still use the feature with a feature flag.

Self-managed certificate-based integration with Kubernetes

Planned removal: GitLab 16.0 (2023-05-22)

caution
This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The certificate-based integration with Kubernetes will be deprecated and removed.

As a self-managed customer, we are introducing the feature flag certificate_based_clusters in GitLab 15.0 so you can keep your certificate-based integration enabled. However, the feature flag will be disabled by default, so this change is a breaking change.

In GitLab 16.0 we will remove both the feature and its related code. Until the final removal in 16.0, features built on this integration will continue to work, if you enable the feature flag. Until the feature is removed, GitLab will continue to fix security and critical issues as they arise.

For a more robust, secure, forthcoming, and reliable integration with Kubernetes, we recommend you use the agent for Kubernetes to connect Kubernetes clusters with GitLab. How do I migrate?

For updates and details about this deprecation, follow this epic.

Support for SLES 12 SP2

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

Long term service and support (LTSS) for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12 SP2 ended on March 31, 2021. The CA certificates on SP2 include the expired DST root certificate, and it’s not getting new CA certificate package updates. We have implemented some workarounds, but we will not be able to continue to keep the build running properly.

Update to the Container Registry group-level API

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

In milestone 15.0, support for the tags and tags_count parameters will be removed from the Container Registry API that gets registry repositories from a group.

The GET /groups/:id/registry/repositories endpoint will remain, but won’t return any info about tags. To get the info about tags, you can use the existing GET /registry/repositories/:id endpoint, which will continue to support the tags and tag_count options as it does today. The latter must be called once per image repository.

Value Stream Analytics filtering calculation change

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

We are changing how the date filter works in Value Stream Analytics. Instead of filtering by the time that the issue or merge request was created, the date filter will filter by the end event time of the given stage. This will result in completely different figures after this change has rolled out.

If you monitor Value Stream Analytics metrics and rely on the date filter, to avoid losing data, you must save the data prior to this change.

Versions on base PackageType

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

As part of the work to create a Package Registry GraphQL API, the Package group deprecated the Version type for the basic PackageType type and moved it to PackageDetailsType.

In milestone 15.0, we will completely remove Version from PackageType.

defaultMergeCommitMessageWithDescription GraphQL API field

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The GraphQL API field defaultMergeCommitMessageWithDescription has been deprecated and will be removed in GitLab 15.0. For projects with a commit message template set, it will ignore the template.

dependency_proxy_for_private_groups feature flag

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

We added a feature flag because GitLab-#11582 changed how public groups use the Dependency Proxy. Prior to this change, you could use the Dependency Proxy without authentication. The change requires authentication to use the Dependency Proxy.

In milestone 15.0, we will remove the feature flag entirely. Moving forward, you must authenticate when using the Dependency Proxy.

pipelines field from the version field

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

caution
This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

In GraphQL, there are two pipelines fields that you can use in a PackageDetailsType to get the pipelines for package versions:

  • The versions field’s pipelines field. This returns all the pipelines associated with all the package’s versions, which can pull an unbounded number of objects in memory and create performance concerns.
  • The pipelines field of a specific version. This returns only the pipelines associated with that single package version.

To mitigate possible performance problems, we will remove the versions field’s pipelines field in milestone 15.0. Although you will no longer be able to get all pipelines for all versions of a package, you can still get the pipelines of a single version through the remaining pipelines field for that version.

promote-db command from gitlab-ctl

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

caution
This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

In GitLab 14.5, we introduced the command gitlab-ctl promote to promote any Geo secondary node to a primary during a failover. This command replaces gitlab-ctl promote-db which is used to promote database nodes in multi-node Geo secondary sites. gitlab-ctl promote-db will continue to function as-is and be available until GitLab 15.0. We recommend that Geo customers begin testing the new gitlab-ctl promote command in their staging environments and incorporating the new command in their failover procedures.

promote-to-primary-node command from gitlab-ctl

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

caution
This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

In GitLab 14.5, we introduced the command gitlab-ctl promote to promote any Geo secondary node to a primary during a failover. This command replaces gitlab-ctl promote-to-primary-node which was only usable for single-node Geo sites. gitlab-ctl promote-to-primary-node will continue to function as-is and be available until GitLab 15.0. We recommend that Geo customers begin testing the new gitlab-ctl promote command in their staging environments and incorporating the new command in their failover procedures.

openSUSE Leap 15.2 packages

Planned removal: GitLab 14.8 (2022-02-22)

Distribution support and security updates for openSUSE Leap 15.2 are ending December 2021.

Starting in 14.5 we are providing packages for openSUSE Leap 15.3, and will stop providing packages for openSUSE Leap 15.2 in the 14.8 milestone.

Announced in 14.3

Audit events for repository push events

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

caution
This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

Audit events for repository events are now deprecated and will be removed in GitLab 15.0.

These events have always been disabled by default and had to be manually enabled with a feature flag. Enabling them can cause too many events to be generated which can dramatically slow down GitLab instances. For this reason, they are being removed.

GitLab Serverless

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

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This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

GitLab Serverless is a feature set to support Knative-based serverless development with automatic deployments and monitoring.

We decided to remove the GitLab Serverless features as they never really resonated with our users. Besides, given the continuous development of Kubernetes and Knative, our current implementations do not even work with recent versions.

Legacy database configuration

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

caution
This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The syntax of GitLabs database configuration located in database.yml is changing and the legacy format is deprecated. The legacy format supported using a single PostgreSQL adapter, whereas the new format is changing to support multiple databases. The main: database needs to be defined as a first configuration item.

This deprecation mainly impacts users compiling GitLab from source because Omnibus will handle this configuration automatically.

OmniAuth Kerberos gem

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

caution
This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The omniauth-kerberos gem will be removed in our next major release, GitLab 15.0.

This gem has not been maintained and has very little usage. We therefore plan to remove support for this authentication method and recommend using the Kerberos SPNEGO integration instead. You can follow the upgrade instructions to upgrade from the omniauth-kerberos integration to the supported one.

Note that we are not deprecating the Kerberos SPNEGO integration, only the old password-based Kerberos integration.

Announced in 14.2

Release CLI distributed as a generic package

Planned removal: GitLab 14.6 (2021-12-22)

The release-cli will be released as a generic package starting in GitLab 14.2. We will continue to deploy it as a binary to S3 until GitLab 14.5 and stop distributing it in S3 in GitLab 14.6.

Rename Task Runner pod to Toolbox

Planned removal: GitLab 14.5 (2021-11-22)

The Task Runner pod is used to execute periodic housekeeping tasks within the GitLab application and is often confused with the GitLab Runner. Thus, Task Runner will be renamed to Toolbox.

This will result in the rename of the sub-chart: gitlab/task-runner to gitlab/toolbox. Resulting pods will be named along the lines of {{ .Release.Name }}-toolbox, which will often be gitlab-toolbox. They will be locatable with the label app=toolbox.

Announced in 14.0

NFS for Git repository storage

Planned removal: GitLab 15.6 (2022-11-22)

With the general availability of Gitaly Cluster (introduced in GitLab 13.0), we have deprecated development (bugfixes, performance improvements, etc) for NFS for Git repository storage in GitLab 14.0. We will continue to provide technical support for NFS for Git repositories throughout 14.x, but we will remove all support for NFS on November 22, 2022. This was originally planned for May 22, 2022, but in an effort to allow continued maturity of Gitaly Cluster, we have chosen to extend our deprecation of support date. Please see our official Statement of Support for further information.

Gitaly Cluster offers tremendous benefits for our customers such as:

We encourage customers currently using NFS for Git repositories to plan their migration by reviewing our documentation on migrating to Gitaly Cluster.

OAuth implicit grant

Planned removal: GitLab 15.0 (2022-05-22)

caution
This is a breaking change. Review the details carefully before upgrading.

The OAuth implicit grant authorization flow will be removed in our next major release, GitLab 15.0. Any applications that use OAuth implicit grant should switch to alternative supported OAuth flows.