Using the GitLab Runner chart

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The GitLab Runner subchart provides a GitLab Runner for running CI jobs. It is enabled by default and should work out of the box with support for caching using s3 compatible object storage.

The default configuration of the included GitLab Runner chart is not intended for production. It is provided as a proof of concept (PoC) implementation where all GitLab services are deployed in the cluster. For production deployments, install GitLab Runner on a separate machine for security and performance reasons. For more information, see the reference architecture documentation.


This chart depends on the shared-secrets Job to populate its registrationToken for automatic registration. If you intend to run this chart as a stand-alone chart with an existing GitLab instance then you will need to manually set the registrationToken in the gitlab-runner secret to be equal to that displayed by the running GitLab instance.


For more information, see the documentation on usage and configuration.

Deploying a stand-alone runner

By default we do infer gitlabUrl, automatically generate a registration token, and generate it through the migrations chart. This behavior will not work if you intend to deploy it with a running GitLab instance.

In this case you will need to set gitlabUrl value to be the URL of the running GitLab instance. You will also need to manually create gitlab-runner secret and fill it with the registrationToken provided by the running GitLab.

Using Docker-in-Docker

In order to run Docker-in-Docker, the runner container needs to be privileged to have access to the needed capabilities. To enable it set the privileged value to true. See the upstream documentation in regards to why this is does not default to true.

Security concerns

Privileged containers have extended capabilities, for example they can mount arbitrary files from the host they run on. Make sure to run the container in an isolated environment such that nothing important runs beside it.

Default runner configuration

The default runner configuration used in the GitLab chart has been customized to use the included MinIO for cache by default. If you are setting the runner config value, you will need to also configure your own cache configuration.

    config: |
        image = "ubuntu:22.04"
        {{- if }}
          Type = "s3"
          Path = "gitlab-runner"
          Shared = true
            ServerAddress = {{ include "gitlab-runner.cache-tpl.s3ServerAddress" . }}
            BucketName = "runner-cache"
            BucketLocation = "us-east-1"
            Insecure = false
        {{ end }}

All customized GitLab Runner chart configuration is available in the top-level values.yaml file under the gitlab-runner key.