GitLab Documentation

Session

Deprecation Notice

  1. Starting in GitLab 8.11, this feature has been disabled for users with two-factor authentication turned on.
  2. These users can access the API using personal access tokens instead.

You can login with both GitLab and LDAP credentials in order to obtain the private token.

POST /session
Attribute Type Required Description
login string yes The username of the user
email string yes if login is not provided The email of the user
password string yes The password of the user
curl --request POST "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/session?login=john_smith&password=strongpassw0rd"

Example response:

{
  "name": "John Smith",
  "username": "john_smith",
  "id": 32,
  "state": "active",
  "avatar_url": null,
  "created_at": "2015-01-29T21:07:19.440Z",
  "is_admin": true,
  "bio": null,
  "skype": "",
  "linkedin": "",
  "twitter": "",
  "website_url": "",
  "email": "john@example.com",
  "color_scheme_id": 1,
  "projects_limit": 10,
  "current_sign_in_at": "2015-07-07T07:10:58.392Z",
  "identities": [],
  "can_create_group": true,
  "can_create_project": true,
  "two_factor_enabled": false,
  "private_token": "9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK"
}