Removals by milestone

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Breaking changes to Terraform CI template

GitLab 14.0 renews the Terraform CI template to the latest version. The new template is set up for the GitLab Managed Terraform state, with a dependency on the GitLab terraform-images image, to provide a good user experience around GitLab’s Infrastructure-as-Code features.

The current stable and latest templates are not compatible, and the current latest template becomes the stable template beginning with GitLab 14.0, your Terraform pipeline might encounter an unexpected failure if you run a custom init job.

Code Quality RuboCop support changed

By default, the Code Quality feature has not provided support for Ruby 2.6+ if you’re using the Code Quality template. To better support the latest versions of Ruby, the default RuboCop version is updated to add support for Ruby 2.4 through 3.0. As a result, support for Ruby 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3 is removed. You can re-enable support for older versions by customizing your configuration.

Relevant Issue: Default codeclimate-rubocop engine does not support Ruby 2.6+

Container Scanning Engine Clair

Clair, the default container scanning engine, was deprecated in GitLab 13.9 and is removed from GitLab 14.0 and replaced by Trivy. We advise customers who are customizing variables for their container scanning job to follow these instructions to ensure that their container scanning jobs continue to work.

DAST environment variable renaming and removal

GitLab 13.8 renamed multiple environment variables to support their broader usage in different workflows. In GitLab 14.0, the old variables have been permanently removed and will no longer work. Any configurations using these variables must be updated to the new variable names. Any scans using these variables in GitLab 14.0 and later will fail to be configured correctly. These variables are:

  • DAST_FULL_SCAN_DOMAIN_VALIDATION_REQUIRED will be removed, since the feature is being removed.

Default Browser Performance testing job renamed in GitLab 14.0

Browser Performance Testing has run in a job named performance by default. With the introduction of Load Performance Testing in GitLab 13.2, this naming could be confusing. To make it clear which job is running Browser Performance Testing, the default job name is changed from performance to browser_performance in the template in GitLab 14.0.

Relevant Issue: Rename default Browser Performance Testing job

Default DAST spider begins crawling at target URL

In GitLab 14.0, DAST has removed the current method of resetting the scan to the hostname when starting to spider. Prior to GitLab 14.0, the spider would not begin at the specified target path for the URL but would instead reset the URL to begin crawling at the host root. GitLab 14.0 changes the default for the new variable DAST_SPIDER_START_AT_HOST to false to better support users’ intention of beginning spidering and scanning at the specified target URL, rather than the host root URL. This change has an added benefit: scans can take less time, if the specified path does not contain links to the entire site. This enables easier scanning of smaller sections of an application, rather than crawling the entire app during every scan.

Default branch name for new repositories now main

Every Git repository has an initial branch, which is named master by default. It’s the first branch to be created automatically when you create a new repository. Future Git versions will change the default branch name in Git from master to main. In coordination with the Git project and the broader community, GitLab has changed the default branch name for new projects on both our SaaS ( and self-managed offerings starting with GitLab 14.0. This will not affect existing projects.

GitLab has already introduced changes that allow you to change the default branch name both at the instance level (for self-managed users) and at the group level (for both SaaS and self-managed users). We encourage you to make use of these features to set default branch names on new projects.

For more information, check out our blog post.

Deprecated GraphQL fields have been removed

In accordance with our GraphQL deprecation and removal process, the following fields that were deprecated prior to 13.7 are fully removed in 14.0:

  • Mutations::Todos::MarkAllDone, Mutations::Todos::RestoreMany - :updated_ids
  • Mutations::DastScannerProfiles::Create, Types::DastScannerProfileType - :global_id
  • Types::SnippetType - :blob
  • EE::Types::GroupType, EE::Types::QueryType - :vulnerabilities_count_by_day_and_severity
  • DeprecatedMutations (concern**) - AddAwardEmoji, RemoveAwardEmoji, ToggleAwardEmoji
  • EE::Types::DeprecatedMutations (concern***) - Mutations::Pipelines::RunDastScan, Mutations::Vulnerabilities::Dismiss, Mutations::Vulnerabilities::RevertToDetected

Deprecations for Dependency Scanning

As mentioned in 13.9 and this blog post several removals for Dependency Scanning take effect.

Previously, to exclude a DS analyzer, you needed to remove it from the default list of analyzers, and use that to set the DS_DEFAULT_ANALYZERS variable in your project’s CI template. We determined it should be easier to avoid running a particular analyzer without losing the benefit of newly added analyzers. As a result, we ask you to migrate from DS_DEFAULT_ANALYZERS to DS_EXCLUDED_ANALYZERS when it is available. Read about it in issue #287691.

Previously, to prevent the Gemnasium analyzers to fetch the advisory database at runtime, you needed to set the GEMNASIUM_DB_UPDATE variable. However, this is not documented properly, and its naming is inconsistent with the equivalent BUNDLER_AUDIT_UPDATE_DISABLED variable. As a result, we ask you to migrate from GEMNASIUM_DB_UPDATE to GEMNASIUM_UPDATE_DISABLED when it is available. Read about it in issue #215483.

External Pipeline Validation Service Code Changes

For self-managed instances using the experimental external pipeline validation service, the range of error codes GitLab accepts will be reduced. Currently, pipelines are invalidated when the validation service returns a response code from 400 to 499. In GitLab 14.0 and later, pipelines will be invalidated for the 406: Not Accepted response code only.

Geo Foreign Data Wrapper settings removed

As announced in GitLab 13.3, the following configuration settings in /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb have been removed in 14.0:

  • geo_secondary['db_fdw']
  • geo_postgresql['fdw_external_user']
  • geo_postgresql['fdw_external_password']
  • gitlab-_rails['geo_migrated_local_files_clean_up_worker_cron']

GitLab OAuth implicit grant deprecation

GitLab is deprecating the OAuth 2 implicit grant flow as it has been removed for OAuth 2.1.

Beginning in 14.0, new applications can’t be created with the OAuth 2 implicit grant flow. Existing OAuth implicit grant flows are no longer supported in 14.4. Migrate your existing applications to other supported OAuth2 flows before release 14.4.

GitLab Runner helper image in Container Registry

In 14.0, we are now pulling the GitLab Runner helper image from the GitLab Container Registry instead of Docker Hub. Refer to issue #27218 for details.

GitLab Runner installation to ignore the skel directory

In GitLab Runner 14.0, the installation process will ignore the skel directory by default when creating the user home directory. Refer to issue #4845 for details.

Gitaly Cluster SQL primary elector has been removed

Now that Praefect supports a primary election strategy for each repository, we have removed the sql election strategy. The per_repository election strategy is the new default, which is automatically used if no election strategy was specified.

If you had configured the sql election strategy, you must follow the migration instructions before upgrading to 14.0.

Helm v2 support

Helm v2 was officially deprecated in November of 2020, with the stable repository being de-listed from the Helm Hub shortly thereafter. With the release of GitLab 14.0, which will include the 5.0 release of the GitLab Helm chart, Helm v2 will no longer be supported.

Users of the chart should upgrade to Helm v3 to deploy GitLab 14.0 and later.

Legacy feature flags removed

Legacy feature flags became read-only in GitLab 13.4. GitLab 14.0 removes support for legacy feature flags, so you must migrate them to the new version. You can do this by first taking a note (screenshot) of the legacy flag, then deleting the flag through the API or UI (you don’t need to alter the code), and finally create a new Feature Flag with the same name as the legacy flag you deleted. Also, make sure the strategies and environments match the deleted flag. We created a video tutorial to help with this migration.

Legacy storage removed

As announced in GitLab 13.0, legacy storage has been removed in GitLab 14.0.

Limit projects returned in GET /groups/:id/

To improve performance, we are limiting the number of projects returned from the GET /groups/:id/ API call to 100. A complete list of projects can still be retrieved with the GET /groups/:id/projects API call.

Make pwsh the default shell for newly-registered Windows Runners

In GitLab Runner 13.2, PowerShell Core support was added to the Shell executor. In 14.0, PowerShell Core, pwsh is now the default shell for newly-registered Windows runners. Windows CMD will still be available as a shell option for Windows runners. Refer to issue #26419 for details.


Until GitLab 13.9, if you wanted to avoid running one particular GitLab SAST analyzer, you needed to remove it from the long string of analyzers in the SAST.gitlab-ci.yml file and use that to set the SAST_DEFAULT_ANALYZERS variable in your project’s CI file. If you did this, it would exclude you from future new analyzers because this string hard codes the list of analyzers to execute. We avoid this problem by inverting this variable’s logic to exclude, rather than choose default analyzers. Beginning with 13.9, we migrated to SAST_EXCLUDED_ANALYZERS in our SAST.gitlab-ci.yml file. We encourage anyone who uses a customized SAST configuration in their project CI file to migrate to this new variable. If you have not overridden SAST_DEFAULT_ANALYZERS, no action is needed. The CI/CD variable SAST_DEFAULT_ANALYZERS has been removed in GitLab 14.0, which released on June 22, 2021.

New Terraform template version

As we continuously develop GitLab’s Terraform integrations, to minimize customer disruption, we maintain two GitLab CI/CD templates for Terraform:

At every major release of GitLab, the “latest version” template becomes the “major version” template, inheriting the “latest template” setup. As we have added many new features to the Terraform integration, the new setup for the “major version” template can be considered a breaking change.

The latest template supports the Terraform Merge Request widget and doesn’t need additional setup to work with the GitLab managed Terraform state.

To check the new changes, see the new “major version” template.

OpenSUSE Leap 15.1

Support for OpenSUSE Leap 15.1 is being deprecated. Support for 15.1 will be dropped in 14.0. We are now providing support for openSUSE Leap 15.2 packages.

PostgreSQL 11 support

PostgreSQL 12 will be the minimum required version in GitLab 14.0. It offers significant improvements to indexing, partitioning, and general performance benefits.

Starting in GitLab 13.7, all new installations default to version 12. From GitLab 13.8, single-node instances are automatically upgraded as well. If you aren’t ready to upgrade, you can opt out of automatic upgrades.

Removal of deprecated trace parameter from jobs API endpoint

GitLab Runner was updated in GitLab 13.4 to internally stop passing the trace parameter to the /api/jobs/:id endpoint. GitLab 14.0 deprecates the trace parameter entirely for all other requests of this endpoint. Make sure your GitLab Runner version matches your GitLab version to ensure consistent behavior.

Removal of legacy fields from DAST report

As a part of the migration to a common report format for all of the Secure scanners in GitLab, DAST is making changes to the DAST JSON report. Certain legacy fields were deprecated in 13.8 and have been completely removed in 14.0. These fields are @generated, @version, site, and spider. This should not affect any normal DAST operation, but does affect users who consume the JSON report in an automated way and use these fields. Anyone affected by these changes, and needs these fields for business reasons, is encouraged to open a new GitLab issue and explain the need.

For more information, see the removal issue.

Removal of release description in the Tags API

GitLab 14.0 removes support for the release description in the Tags API. You can no longer add a release description when creating a new tag. You also can no longer create or update a release through the Tags API. Please migrate to use the Releases API instead.

Removals for License Compliance

In 13.0, we deprecated the License-Management CI template and renamed it License-Scanning. We have been providing backward compatibility by warning users of the old template to switch. Now in 14.0, we are completely removing the License-Management CI template. Read about it in issue #216261 or this blog post.

Remove DAST default template stages

In GitLab 14.0, we’ve removed the stages defined in the current DAST.gitlab-ci.yml template to avoid the situation where the template overrides manual changes made by DAST users. We’re making this change in response to customer issues where the stages in the template cause problems when used with customized DAST configurations. Because of this removal, gitlab-ci.yml configurations that do not specify a dast stage must be updated to include this stage.

Remove SAST analyzer SAST_GOSEC_CONFIG variable in favor of custom rulesets

With the release of SAST Custom Rulesets in GitLab 13.5 we allow greater flexibility in configuration options for our Go analyzer (GoSec). As a result we no longer plan to support our less flexible SAST_GOSEC_CONFIG analyzer setting. This variable was deprecated in GitLab 13.10. GitLab 14.0 removes the old SAST_GOSEC_CONFIG variable. If you use or override SAST_GOSEC_CONFIG in your CI file, update your SAST CI configuration or pin to an older version of the GoSec analyzer. We strongly encourage inheriting and overriding our managed CI templates to future-proof your CI templates.

Remove Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) package

Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) reached end of life on Friday, July 17, 2020. In GitLab Runner 14.0, Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) is no longer available from our package distribution. Refer to issue #26036 for details.

In GitLab Runner 13.3, a symlink was added from /user/lib/gitlab-runner/gitlab-runner to /usr/bin/gitlab-runner. In 14.0, the symlink has been removed and the runner is now installed in /usr/bin/gitlab-runner. Refer to issue #26651 for details.

Remove ?w=1 URL parameter to ignore whitespace changes

To create a consistent experience for users based on their preferences, support for toggling whitespace changes via URL parameter has been removed in GitLab 14.0.


In 14.0, we have deactivated the FF_RESET_HELPER_IMAGE_ENTRYPOINT feature flag. Refer to issue #26679 for details.


In GitLab Runner 13.1, issue #3376, we introduced sigterm and then sigkill to a process in the Shell executor. We also introduced a new feature flag, FF_SHELL_EXECUTOR_USE_LEGACY_PROCESS_KILL, so you can use the previous process termination sequence. In GitLab Runner 14.0, issue #6413, the feature flag has been removed.


GitLab Runner 14.0 removes the FF_USE_GO_CLOUD_WITH_CACHE_ARCHIVER feature flag. Refer to issue #27175 for details.

Remove secret_detection_default_branch job

To ensure Secret Detection was scanning both default branches and feature branches, we introduced two separate secret detection CI jobs (secret_detection_default_branch and secret_detection) in our managed Secret-Detection.gitlab-ci.yml template. These two CI jobs created confusion and complexity in the CI rules logic. This deprecation moves the rule logic into the script section, which then determines how the secret_detection job is run (historic, on a branch, commits, etc). If you override or maintain custom versions of SAST.gitlab-ci.yml or Secret-Detection.gitlab-ci.yml, you must update your CI templates. We strongly encourage inheriting and overriding our managed CI templates to future-proof your CI templates. GitLab 14.0 no longer supports the old secret_detection_default_branch job.

Remove disk source configuration for GitLab Pages

GitLab Pages API-based configuration has been available since GitLab 13.0. It replaces the unsupported disk source configuration removed in GitLab 14.0, which can no longer be chosen. You should stop using disk source configuration, and move to gitlab for an API-based configuration. To migrate away from the ‘disk’ source configuration, set gitlab_pages['domain_config_source'] = "gitlab" in your /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb file. We recommend you migrate before updating to GitLab 14.0, to identify and troubleshoot any potential problems before upgrading.

Remove legacy DAST domain validation

The legacy method of DAST Domain Validation for CI/CD scans was deprecated in GitLab 13.8, and is removed in GitLab 14.0. This method of domain validation only disallows scans if the DAST_FULL_SCAN_DOMAIN_VALIDATION_REQUIRED environment variable is set to true in the gitlab-ci.yml file, and a Gitlab-DAST-Permission header on the site is not set to allow. This two-step method required users to opt in to using the variable before they could opt out from using the header.

For more information, see the removal issue.

Remove off peak time mode configuration for Docker Machine autoscaling

In GitLab Runner 13.0, issue #5069, we introduced new timing options for the GitLab Docker Machine executor. In GitLab Runner 14.0, we have removed the old configuration option, off peak time mode.

Remove redundant timestamp field from DORA metrics API payload

The deployment frequency project-level API endpoint has been deprecated in favor of the DORA 4 API, which consolidates all the metrics under one API with the specific metric as a required field. As a result, the timestamp field, which doesn’t allow adding future extensions and causes performance issues, will be removed. With the old API, an example response would be { "2021-03-01": 3, "date": "2021-03-01", "value": 3 }. The first key/value ("2021-03-01": 3) will be removed and replaced by the last two ("date": "2021-03-01", "value": 3).

Remove success and failure for finished build metric conversion

In GitLab Runner 13.5, we introduced failed and success states for a job. To support Prometheus rules, we chose to convert success/failure to finished for the metric. In 14.0, the conversion has now been removed. Refer to issue #26900 for details.

Remove support for Windows Server 1903 image

In 14.0, we have removed Windows Server 1903. Microsoft ended support for this version on 2020-08-12. Refer to issue #27551 for details.

Remove support for Windows Server 1909 image

In 14.0, we have removed Windows Server 1909. Microsoft ended support for this version on 2021-05-11. Refer to issue #27899 for details.

Removed Global SAST_ANALYZER_IMAGE_TAG in SAST CI template

With the maturity of GitLab Secure scanning tools, we’ve needed to add more granularity to our release process. Previously, GitLab shared a major version number for all analyzers and tools. This requires all tools to share a major version, and prevents the use of semantic version numbering. In GitLab 14.0, SAST removes the SAST_ANALYZER_IMAGE_TAG global variable in our managed SAST.gitlab-ci.yml CI template, in favor of the analyzer job variable setting the major.minor tag in the SAST vendored template.

Each analyzer job now has a scoped SAST_ANALYZER_IMAGE_TAG variable, which will be actively managed by GitLab and set to the major tag for the respective analyzer. To pin to a specific version, change the variable value to the specific version tag. If you override or maintain custom versions of SAST.gitlab-ci.yml, update your CI templates to stop referencing the global SAST_ANALYZER_IMAGE_TAG, and move it to a scoped analyzer job tag. We strongly encourage inheriting and overriding our managed CI templates to future-proof your CI templates. This change allows you to more granularly control future analyzer updates with a pinned major.minor version. This deprecation and removal changes our previously announced plan to pin the Static Analysis tools.

Ruby version changed in Ruby.gitlab-ci.yml

By default, the Ruby.gitlab-ci.yml file has included Ruby 2.5.

To better support the latest versions of Ruby, the template is changed to use ruby:latest, which is currently 3.0. To better understand the changes in Ruby 3.0, please reference the release announcement.

Relevant Issue: Updates Ruby version 2.5 to 3.0

Segments removed from DevOps Adoption API

The first release of the DevOps Adoption report had a concept of Segments. Segments were quickly removed from the report because they introduced an additional layer of complexity on top of Groups and Projects. Subsequent iterations of the DevOps Adoption report focus on comparing adoption across groups rather than segments. GitLab 14.0 removes all references to Segments from the GraphQL API and replaces them with Enabled groups.

Service Templates removed

Service Templates are removed in GitLab 14.0. They were used to apply identical settings to a large number of projects, but they only did so at the time of project creation.

While they solved part of the problem, updating those values later proved to be a major pain point. Project Integration Management solves this problem by enabling you to create settings at the Group or Instance level, and projects within that namespace inheriting those settings.

Sidekiq queue selector options no longer accept the ‘experimental’ prefix

GitLab supports a queue selector to run only a subset of background jobs for a given process. When it was introduced, this option had an ‘experimental’ prefix (experimental_queue_selector in Omnibus, experimentalQueueSelector in Helm charts).

As announced in the 13.6 release post, the ‘experimental’ prefix is no longer supported. Instead, queue_selector for Omnibus and queueSelector in Helm charts should be used.

Ubuntu 16.04 support

Ubuntu 16.04 reached end-of-life in April 2021, and no longer receives maintenance updates. We strongly recommend users to upgrade to a newer release, such as 20.04.

GitLab 13.12 will be the last release with Ubuntu 16.04 support.

Unicorn removed in favor of Puma for GitLab self-managed

Support for Unicorn has been removed in GitLab 14.0 in favor of Puma. Puma has a multi-threaded architecture which uses less memory than a multi-process application server like Unicorn. On, we saw a 40% reduction in memory consumption by using Puma.

Update Auto Deploy template version

In GitLab 14.0, we will update the Auto Deploy CI template to the latest version. This includes new features, bug fixes, and performance improvements with a dependency on the v2 auto-deploy-image. Auto Deploy CI tempalte v1 will is deprecated going forward.

Since the v1 and v2 versions are not backward-compatible, your project might encounter an unexpected failure if you already have a deployed application. Follow the upgrade guide to upgrade your environments. You can also start using the latest template today by following the early adoption guide.

Update CI/CD templates to stop using hardcoded master

Our CI/CD templates have been updated to no longer use hard-coded references to a master branch. In 14.0, they all use a variable that points to your project’s configured default branch instead. If your CI/CD pipeline relies on our built-in templates, verify that this change works with your current configuration. For example, if you have a master branch and a different default branch, the updates to the templates may cause changes to your pipeline behavior. For more information, read the issue.

WIP merge requests renamed ‘draft merge requests’

The WIP (work in progress) status for merge requests signaled to reviewers that the merge request in question wasn’t ready to merge. We’ve renamed the WIP feature to Draft, a more inclusive and self-explanatory term. Draft clearly communicates the merge request in question isn’t ready for review, and makes no assumptions about the progress being made toward it. Draft also reduces the cognitive load for new users, non-English speakers, and anyone unfamiliar with the WIP acronym.

Web Application Firewall (WAF)

The Web Application Firewall (WAF) was deprecated in GitLab 13.6 and is removed from GitLab 14.0. The WAF had limitations inherent in the architectural design that made it difficult to meet the requirements traditionally expected of a WAF. By removing the WAF, GitLab is able to focus on improving other areas in the product where more value can be provided to users. Users who currently rely on the WAF can continue to use the free and open source ModSecurity project, which is independent from GitLab. Additional details are available in the deprecation issue.

CI_PROJECT_CONFIG_PATH removed in GitLab 14.0

GitLab 14.0 removes the CI_PROJECT_CONFIG_PATH pre-defined project variable in favor of CI_CONFIG_PATH, which is functionally the same. If you are using CI_PROJECT_CONFIG_PATH in your pipeline configurations, update them to use CI_CONFIG_PATH instead.

CI_PROJECT_CONFIG_PATH variable has been removed

The CI_PROJECT_CONFIG_PATH predefined project variable has been removed in favor of CI_CONFIG_PATH, which is functionally the same.

If you are using CI_PROJECT_CONFIG_PATH in your pipeline configurations, please update them to use CI_CONFIG_PATH instead.


Remove support for prometheus.listen_address and prometheus.enable

The support for prometheus.listen_address and prometheus.enable has been removed from gitlab.yml. Use prometheus.enabled and prometheus.server_address to set up Prometheus server that GitLab instance connects to. Refer to our documentation for details.

This only affects new installations from source where users might use the old configurations.

Remove support for older browsers

In GitLab 14.1, we are cleaning up and removing old code that was specific for browsers that we no longer support. This has no impact on users when one of our supported web browsers is used.

Most notably, support for the following browsers has been removed:

  • Apple Safari 13 and older.
  • Mozilla Firefox 68.
  • Pre-Chromium Microsoft Edge.

The minimum supported browser versions are:

  • Apple Safari 13.1.
  • Mozilla Firefox 78.
  • Google Chrome 84.
  • Chromium 84.
  • Microsoft Edge 84.


Max job log file size of 100 MB

GitLab values efficiency for all users in our wider community of contributors, so we’re always working hard to make sure the application performs at a high level with a lovable UX. In GitLab 14.2, we have introduced a job log file size limit, set to 100 megabytes by default. Administrators of self-managed GitLab instances can customize this to any value. All jobs that exceed this limit are dropped and marked as failed, helping prevent performance impacts or over-use of resources. This ensures that everyone using GitLab has the best possible experience.


Introduced limit of 50 tags for jobs

GitLab values efficiency and is prioritizing reliability for in FY22. In 14.3, GitLab CI/CD jobs must have less than 50 tags. If a pipeline contains a job with 50 or more tags, you will receive an error and the pipeline will not be created.

List project pipelines API endpoint removes name support in 14.3

In GitLab 14.3, we will remove the ability to filter by name in the list project pipelines API endpoint to improve performance. If you currently use this parameter with this endpoint, you must switch to username.

Use of legacy storage setting

The support for gitlab_pages['use_legacy_storage'] setting in Omnibus installations has been removed.

In 14.0 we removed domain_config_source which had been previously deprecated, and allowed users to specify disk storage. In 14.0 we added use_legacy_storage as a temporary flag to unblock upgrades, and allow us to debug issues with our users and it was deprecated and communicated for removal in 14.3.