Paging and notifications
When there is a new alert or incident, it is important for a responder to be notified immediately so they can triage and respond to the problem. Responders can receive notifications using the methods described on this page.
Introduced in GitLab 13.1.
The GitLab for Slack app can be used to receive important incident notifications.
When the GitLab for Slack app is configured, incident responders are notified in Slack every time a new incident is declared. To ensure you don’t miss any important incident notifications on your mobile device, enable notifications for Slack on your phone.
Email notifications for alerts
Email notifications are available in projects for triggered alerts. Project members with the Owner or Maintainer roles have the option to receive a single email notification for new alerts.
- On the top bar, select Main menu > Projects and find your project.
- On the left sidebar, select Settings > Monitor.
- Expand Alerts.
- On the Alert settings tab, select the Send a single email notification to Owners and Maintainers for new alerts checkbox.
- Select Save changes.
Update the alert’s status to manage email notifications for an alert.
In projects that have an escalation policy configured, on-call responders can be automatically paged about critical problems through email.
Escalating an alert
When an alert is triggered, it begins escalating to the on-call responders immediately. For each escalation rule in the project’s escalation policy, the designated on-call responders receive one email when the rule fires. You can respond to a page or stop alert escalations by updating the alert’s status.
Escalating an incident
Introduced in GitLab 14.9 with a flag named
incident_escalations. Disabled by default.
- Enabled on GitLab.com and self-managed in GitLab 14.10.
incident_escalationsremoved in GitLab 15.1.
For incidents, paging on-call responders is optional for each individual incident.
To begin escalating the incident, set the incident’s escalation policy.
For each escalation rule, the designated on-call responders receive one email when the rule fires. Respond to a page or stop incident escalations by changing the incident’s status or changing the incident’s escalation policy back to No escalation policy.
In GitLab 15.1 and earlier, incidents created from alerts do not support independent escalation. In GitLab 15.2 and later, all incidents can be escalated independently.