Instance-level CI/CD variables API

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List all instance variables

Get the list of all instance-level variables.

GET /admin/ci/variables
curl --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: <your_access_token>" "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/admin/ci/variables"
[
    {
        "key": "TEST_VARIABLE_1",
        "variable_type": "env_var",
        "value": "TEST_1",
        "protected": false,
        "masked": false
    },
    {
        "key": "TEST_VARIABLE_2",
        "variable_type": "env_var",
        "value": "TEST_2",
        "protected": false,
        "masked": false
    }
]

Show instance variable details

Get the details of a specific instance-level variable.

GET /admin/ci/variables/:key
Attribute Type required Description
key string yes The key of a variable
curl --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: <your_access_token>" "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/admin/ci/variables/TEST_VARIABLE_1"
{
    "key": "TEST_VARIABLE_1",
    "variable_type": "env_var",
    "value": "TEST_1",
    "protected": false,
    "masked": false
}

Create instance variable

Create a new instance-level variable.

In GitLab 13.1 and later, the maximum number of allowed instance-level variables can be changed.

POST /admin/ci/variables
Attribute Type required Description
key string yes The key of a variable. Max 255 characters, only A-Z, a-z, 0-9, and _ are allowed.
value string yes The value of a variable. 10,000 characters allowed (GitLab 13.3 and later).
variable_type string no The type of a variable. Available types are: env_var (default) and file.
protected boolean no Whether the variable is protected.
masked boolean no Whether the variable is masked.
curl --request POST --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: <your_access_token>" "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/admin/ci/variables" --form "key=NEW_VARIABLE" --form "value=new value"
{
    "key": "NEW_VARIABLE",
    "value": "new value",
    "variable_type": "env_var",
    "protected": false,
    "masked": false
}

Update instance variable

Update an instance-level variable.

PUT /admin/ci/variables/:key
Attribute Type required Description
key string yes The key of a variable.
value string yes The value of a variable. 10,000 characters allowed (GitLab 13.3 and later).
variable_type string no The type of a variable. Available types are: env_var (default) and file.
protected boolean no Whether the variable is protected.
masked boolean no Whether the variable is masked.
curl --request PUT --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: <your_access_token>" "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/admin/ci/variables/NEW_VARIABLE" --form "value=updated value"
{
    "key": "NEW_VARIABLE",
    "value": "updated value",
    "variable_type": "env_var",
    "protected": true,
    "masked": true
}

Remove instance variable

Remove an instance-level variable.

DELETE /admin/ci/variables/:key
Attribute Type required Description
key string yes The key of a variable
curl --request DELETE --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: <your_access_token>" "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/admin/ci/variables/VARIABLE_1"