Tier: Ultimate Offering: Status: Beta
This feature is only available on On self-managed GitLab and GitLab Dedicated, by default this feature is not available. This feature is not ready for production use.

Metrics provide insight about the operational health of monitored systems. Use metrics to learn more about your systems and applications in a given time range.

Metrics are structured as time series data, and are:

  • Indexed by timestamp
  • Continuously expanding as additional data is gathered
  • Usually aggregated, downsampled, and queried by range
  • Have write-intensive requirements

Configure metrics

Configure metrics to enable them for a project.


You must have at least the Maintainer role for the project.

  1. Create an access token and enable metrics:
    1. On the left sidebar, select Search or go to and find your project.
    2. Select Settings > Access Tokens.
    3. Create an access token with the following scopes: read_api, read_observability, write_observability. Be sure to save the access token value for later.
    4. Select Monitor > Metrics, and then select Enable.
  2. To configure your application to send GitLab metrics, set the following environment variables:

    OTEL_EXPORTER = "otlphttp"
    OTEL_EXPORTER_OTLP_METRICS_ENDPOINT = "<namespace-id>/<gitlab-project-id>/ingest/metrics"

    Use the following values:

    • namespace-id - The top-level group ID that contains the project
    • gitlab-project-id - The project ID
    • gitlab-access-token - The access token you created

Metrics are configured for your project. When you run your application, the OpenTelemetry exporter sends metrics to GitLab.

View metrics

You can view the metrics for a given project:

  1. On the left sidebar, select Search or go to and find your project.
  2. Select Monitor > Metrics.

A list of metrics is displayed. Select a metric to view its details.

list of metrics

Each metric contains one or more attributes. You can filter metrics by attribute with the search bar.

Metric details

Metrics are displayed as either a sum, a gauge, or a histogram. The metric details page displays a chart depending on the type of metric.

On the metric details page, you can also view metrics for a specific time range, and aggregate metrics by attribute:

metrics details

To make data lookups fast, depending on what time period you filter by, GitLab automatically chooses the proper aggregation. For example, if you search for more than seven days of data, the API returns only daily aggregates.

Aggregations by search period

The following table shows what type of aggregation is used for each search period:

Period Aggregation used
Less than 30 minutes Raw data as ingested
More than 30 minutes and less than one hour By minute
More than one hour and less than 72 hours Hourly
More than 72 hours Daily

Data retention

GitLab has a retention limit of 30 days for all ingested metrics.