Installing GitLab on Kubernetes

Kubernetes experience required: Our Helm charts are recommended for those who are familiar with Kubernetes. If you’re not sure if Kubernetes is for you, our Omnibus GitLab packages are mature, scalable, support high availability and are used today on It is not necessary to have GitLab installed on Kubernetes in order to use GitLab Kubernetes integration.

The easiest method to deploy GitLab on Kubernetes is to take advantage of GitLab’s Helm charts. Helm is a package management tool for Kubernetes, allowing apps to be easily managed via their Charts. A Chart is a detailed description of the application including how it should be deployed, upgraded, and configured.

GitLab Chart

This chart contains all the required components to get started, and can scale to large deployments. It offers a number of benefits, among others:

  • Horizontal scaling of individual components.
  • No requirement for shared storage to scale.
  • Containers do not need root permissions.
  • Automatic SSL with Let’s Encrypt.
  • An unprivileged GitLab Runner.

Learn more about the GitLab chart.

GitLab Runner Chart

If you already have a GitLab instance running, inside or outside of Kubernetes, and you’d like to leverage the Runner’s Kubernetes capabilities, it can be deployed with the GitLab Runner chart.

Learn more about the GitLab Runner chart.