- User documentation
Welcome to GitLab! We're glad to have you here!
As a GitLab user you'll have access to all the features your subscription includes, except GitLab administrator settings, unless you have admin privileges to install, configure, and upgrade your GitLab instance.
For GitLab.com, admin privileges are restricted to the GitLab team.
If you run your own GitLab instance and are looking for the administration settings, please refer to the administration documentation.
GitLab is a fully integrated software development platform that enables you and your team to work cohesively, faster, transparently, and effectively, since the discussion of a new idea until taking that idea to production all all the way through, from within the same platform.
Please check this page for an overview on GitLab's features.
For an overview on concepts involved when developing code on GitLab, read the articles on:
- Mastering Code Review With GitLab.
- GitLab Workflow, an Overview.
- Tutorial: It's all connected in GitLab: an overview on code collaboration with GitLab.
- Trends in Version Control Land: Microservices.
- Trends in Version Control Land: Innersourcing.
GitLab is a Git-based platform that integrates a great number of essential tools for software development and deployment, and project management:
- Code hosting in repositories with version control
- Track proposals for new implementations, bug reports, and feedback with a fully featured Issue Tracker
- Organize and prioritize with Issue Boards
- Code review in Merge Requests with live-preview changes per branch with Review Apps
- Build, test and deploy with built-in Continuous Integration
- Deploy your personal and professional static websites with GitLab Pages
- Integrate with Docker with GitLab Container Registry
- Track the development lifecycle with GitLab Cycle Analytics
With GitLab Enterprise Edition, you can also:
- Provide support with Service Desk
- Improve collaboration with Merge Request Approvals, Multiple Assignees for Issues, and Multiple Issue Boards
- Create formal relashionships between issues with Related Issues
- Use Burndown Charts to track progress during a sprint or while working on a new version of their software.
- Leverage Elasticsearch with Advanced Global Search and Advanced Syntax Search for faster, more advanced code search across your entire GitLab instance
- Authenticate users with Kerberos
- Mirror a repository from elsewhere on your local server.
- Export issues as CSV
- View your entire CI/CD pipeline involving more than one project with Multiple-Project Pipeline Graphs
- Lock files to prevent conflicts
- View of the current health and status of each CI environment running on Kubernetes with Deploy Boards
- Leverage your continuous delivery method with Canary Deployments
- Scan your code for vulnerabilities and display them in merge requests.
You can also integrate GitLab with numerous third-party applications, such as Mattermost, Microsoft Teams, HipChat, Trello, Slack, Bamboo CI, JIRA, and a lot more.
In GitLab, you can create projects for numerous reasons, such as, host your code, use it as an issue tracker, collaborate on code, and continuously build, test, and deploy your app with built-in GitLab CI/CD. Or, you can do it all at once, from one single project.
- Repositories: Host your codebase in repositories with version control and as part of a fully integrated platform.
- Issues: Explore the best of GitLab Issues' features.
- Merge Requests: Collaborate on code, reviews, live preview changes per branch, and request approvals with Merge Requests.
- Milestones: Work on multiple issues and merge requests towards the same target date with Milestones.
Use built-in GitLab CI/CD to test, build, and deploy your applications directly from GitLab. No third-party integrations needed.
- GitLab Auto Deploy: Deploy your application out-of-the-box with GitLab Auto Deploy.
- Review Apps: Live-preview the changes introduced by a merge request with Review Apps.
- GitLab Pages: Publish your static site directly from GitLab with Gitlab Pages. You can build, test, and deploy any Static Site Generator with Pages.
- GitLab Container Registry: Build and deploy Docker images with Container Registry.
There is a lot you can customize and configure to enjoy the best of GitLab.
- Settings: Manage your user settings to change your personal info, personal access tokens, authorized applications, etc.
- Authentication: Read through the authentication methods available in GitLab.
- Permissions: Learn the different set of permissions levels for each user type (guest, reporter, developer, master, owner).
- Feature highlight: Learn more about the little blue dots around the app that explain certain features
With GitLab Groups you can assemble related projects together and grant members access to several projects at once.
Groups can also be nested in subgroups.
In GitLab, you can comment and mention collaborators in issues, merge requests, code snippets, and commits.
When performing inline reviews to implementations to your codebase through merge requests you can gather feedback through resolvable discussions.
Read through the GFM documentation to learn how to apply the best of GitLab Flavored Markdown in your discussions, comments, issues and merge requests descriptions, and everywhere else GMF is supported.
Never forget to reply to your collaborators. GitLab Todos are a tool for working faster and more effectively with your team, by listing all user or group mentions, as well as issues and merge requests you're assigned to.
Search and filter through groups, projects, issues, merge requests, files, code, and more.
Integrate GitLab with your preferred tool, such as Trello, JIRA, etc.
Configure webhooks to listen for specific events like pushes, issues or merge requests. GitLab will send a POST request with data to the webhook URL.
Automate GitLab via API.
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