GitLab leverages OmniAuth to allow users to sign in using Twitter, GitHub, and other popular services.
Configuring OmniAuth does not prevent standard GitLab authentication or LDAP (if configured) from continuing to work. Users can choose to sign in using any of the configured mechanisms.
- Initial OmniAuth Configuration
- Supported Providers
- Enable OmniAuth for an Existing User
- OmniAuth configuration sample when using Omnibus GitLab
- Enable or disable Sign In with an OmniAuth provider without disabling import sources
This is a list of the current supported OmniAuth providers. Before proceeding on each provider's documentation, make sure to first read this document as it contains some settings that are common for all providers.
Before configuring individual OmniAuth providers there are a few global settings that are in common for all providers that we need to consider.
- Omniauth needs to be enabled, see details below for example.
allow_single_sign_onallows you to specify the providers you want to allow to automatically create an account. It defaults to
falseusers must be created manually or they will not be able to sign in via OmniAuth.
trueauto created users will be blocked by default and will have to be unblocked by an administrator before they are able to sign in.
Note: If you set
false, make sure to only define providers under
allow_single_sign_onthat you are able to control, like SAML, Shibboleth, Crowd or Google, or set it to
falseotherwise any user on the Internet will be able to successfully sign in to your GitLab without administrative approval.
To change these settings:
For omnibus package
Open the configuration file:
sudo editor /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb
gitlab_rails['omniauth_enabled'] = true # CAUTION! # This allows users to login without having a user account first. Define the allowed providers # using an array, e.g. ["saml", "twitter"], or as true/false to allow all providers or none. # User accounts will be created automatically when authentication was successful. gitlab_rails['omniauth_allow_single_sign_on'] = ['saml', 'twitter'] gitlab_rails['omniauth_block_auto_created_users'] = true
For installations from source
Open the configuration file:
cd /home/git/gitlab sudo -u git -H editor config/gitlab.yml
and change the following section:
## OmniAuth settings omniauth: # Allow login via Twitter, Google, etc. using OmniAuth providers enabled: true # CAUTION! # This allows users to login without having a user account first. Define the allowed providers # using an array, e.g. ["saml", "twitter"], or as true/false to allow all providers or none. # User accounts will be created automatically when authentication was successful. allow_single_sign_on: ["saml", "twitter"] # Locks down those users until they have been cleared by the admin (default: true). block_auto_created_users: true
Now we can choose one or more of the Supported Providers listed above to continue the configuration process.
Existing users can enable OmniAuth for specific providers after the account is created. For example, if the user originally signed in with LDAP, an OmniAuth provider such as Twitter can be enabled. Follow the steps below to enable an OmniAuth provider for an existing user.
- Sign in normally - whether standard sign in, LDAP, or another OmniAuth provider.
- Go to profile settings (the silhouette icon in the top right corner).
- Select the "Account" tab.
- Under "Connected Accounts" select the desired OmniAuth provider, such as Twitter.
- The user will be redirected to the provider. Once the user authorized GitLab they will be redirected back to GitLab.
The chosen OmniAuth provider is now active and can be used to sign in to GitLab from then on.
Note: This setting was introduced with version 8.7 of GitLab
You can define which OmniAuth providers you want to be
external so that all users
creating accounts, or logging in via these providers will not be able to have
access to internal projects. You will need to use the full name of the provider,
google_oauth2 for Google. Refer to the examples for the full names of the
Note: If you decide to remove an OmniAuth provider from the external providers list you will need to manually update the users that use this method to login, if you want their accounts to be upgraded to full internal accounts.
For Omnibus installations
gitlab_rails['omniauth_external_providers'] = ['twitter', 'google_oauth2']
For installations from source
omniauth: external_providers: ['twitter', 'google_oauth2']
Note: The following information only applies for installations from source.
GitLab uses Omniauth for authentication and already ships with a few providers pre-installed (e.g. LDAP, GitHub, Twitter). But sometimes that is not enough and you need to integrate with other authentication solutions. For these cases you can use the Omniauth provider.
These steps are fairly general and you will need to figure out the exact details from the Omniauth provider's documentation.
sudo service gitlab stop
Add the gem to your Gemfile:
If you're using MySQL, install the new Omniauth provider gem by running the following command:
sudo -u git -H bundle install --without development test postgres --path vendor/bundle --no-deployment
If you're using PostgreSQL, install the new Omniauth provider gem by running the following command:
sudo -u git -H bundle install --without development test mysql --path vendor/bundle --no-deployment
These are the same commands you used in the Install Gems section with
--path vendor/bundle --no-deploymentinstead of
sudo service gitlab start
If you have successfully set up a provider that is not shipped with GitLab itself, please let us know.
You can help others by reporting successful configurations and probably share a few insights or provide warnings for common errors or pitfalls by sharing your experience in the public Wiki.
While we can't officially support every possible authentication mechanism out there, we'd like to at least help those with specific needs.
Note: This setting was introduced with version 8.8 of GitLab.
Administrators are able to enable or disable Sign In via some OmniAuth providers.
Note: By default Sign In is enabled via all the OAuth Providers that have been configured in
In order to enable/disable an OmniAuth provider, go to Admin Area -> Settings -> Sign-in Restrictions section -> Enabled OAuth Sign-In sources and select the providers you want to enable or disable.