The Create: Source Code backend (BE) team focuses on the GitLab suite of Source Code Management (SCM) tools. It is responsible for all backend aspects of the product categories that fall under the Source Code group of the Create stage of the DevOps lifecycle.
The team works across three codebases: Workhorse, GitLab Shell and GitLab Rails.
GitLab Workhorse is a smart reverse proxy for GitLab. It handles “large” HTTP
requests such as file downloads, file uploads,
git pull and
git archive downloads.
Workhorse itself is not a feature, but there are several features in GitLab that would not work efficiently without Workhorse.
GitLab Shell handles Git SSH sessions for GitLab and modifies the list of authorized keys. For more information, refer to the GitLab Shell documentation.
To learn about the reasoning behind our creation of
gitlab-sshd, read the blog post
Why we implemented our own SSHD solution.
Gitaly is a Go RPC service which handles all the
git calls made by GitLab.
GitLab is not exposed directly, and all traffic comes through Create: Source Code.
For more information, read Gitaly touch points.
Create: Source Code has over 100 REST endpoints, being a mixture of Grape API endpoints and Rails controller endpoints. For a detailed list, refer to Source Code REST Endpoints.
An alternative list of the Source Code endpoints and other owned objects is available.