Query Count Limits

Each controller or API endpoint is allowed to execute up to 100 SQL queries and in test environments we'll raise an error when this threshold is exceeded.

Solving Failing Tests

When a test fails because it executes more than 100 SQL queries there are two solutions to this problem:

  1. Reduce the number of SQL queries that are executed.
  2. Whitelist the controller or API endpoint.

You should only resort to whitelisting when an existing controller or endpoint is to blame as in this case reducing the number of SQL queries can take a lot of effort. Newly added controllers and endpoints are not allowed to execute more than 100 SQL queries and no exceptions will be made for this rule. If a large number of SQL queries is necessary to perform certain work it's best to have this work performed by Sidekiq instead of doing this directly in a web request.


In the event that you have to whitelist a controller you'll first need to create an issue. This issue should (preferably in the title) mention the controller or endpoint and include the appropriate labels (database, performance, and at least a team specific label such as Discussion).

Once the issue has been created you can whitelist the code in question. For Rails controllers it's best to create a before_action hook that runs as early as possible. The called method in turn should call Gitlab::QueryLimiting.whitelist('issue URL here'). For example:

class MyController < ApplicationController
  before_action :whitelist_query_limiting, only: [:show]

  def index
    # ...

  def show
    # ...

  def whitelist_query_limiting

By using a before_action you don't have to modify the controller method in question, reducing the likelihood of merge conflicts.

For Grape API endpoints there unfortunately is not a reliable way of running a hook before a specific endpoint. This means that you have to add the whitelist call directly into the endpoint like so:

get '/projects/:id/foo' do

  # ...