GitLab Admin Area

The Admin Area provides a web UI to manage and configure some features of GitLab self-managed instances. If you are an administrator, you can access the Admin Area by visiting /admin on your self-managed instance. You can also access it through the UI:

  • GitLab versions 14.0 and later: on the top bar, select Menu > Admin.
  • GitLab versions 13.12 and earlier: on the top bar, select the Admin Area icon ().
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Only administrators can access the Admin Area.

Admin Area sections

The Admin Area is made up of the following sections:

Section Description
Overview View your GitLab Dashboard, and administer projects, users, groups, topics, jobs, runners, and Gitaly servers.
Monitoring View GitLab system information, and information on background jobs, logs, health checks, requests profiles, and audit events.
Messages Send and manage broadcast messages for your users.
System Hooks Configure system hooks for many events.
Applications Create system OAuth applications for integrations with other services.
Abuse Reports Manage abuse reports submitted by your users.
License Upload, display, and remove licenses.
Kubernetes Create and manage instance-level Kubernetes clusters.
Push rules Configure pre-defined Git push rules for projects. Also, configure merge requests approvers rules.
Geo Configure and maintain Geo nodes.
Deploy keys Create instance-wide SSH deploy keys.
Credentials View credentials that can be used to access your instance.
Integrations Manage instance-level default settings for a project integration.
Labels Create and maintain labels for your GitLab instance.
Appearance Customize GitLab appearance.
Settings Modify the settings for your GitLab instance.

Admin Area dashboard

The Dashboard provides statistics and system information about the GitLab instance.

To access the Dashboard, either:

  • On the top bar, select Menu > Admin.
  • Visit /admin on your self-managed instance.

The Dashboard is the default view of the Admin Area, and is made up of the following sections:

Section Description
Projects The total number of projects, up to 10 of the latest projects, and the option of creating a new project.
Users The total number of users, up to 10 of the latest users, the option of creating a new user, and a link to Users statistics.
Groups The total number of groups, up to 10 of the latest groups, and the option of creating a new group.
Statistics Totals of all elements of the GitLab instance.
Features All features available on the GitLab instance. Enabled features are marked with a green circle icon, and disabled features are marked with a power icon.
Components The major components of GitLab and the version number of each. A link to the Gitaly Servers is also included.

Overview section

The following topics document the Overview section of the Admin Area.

Administering Projects

You can administer all projects in the GitLab instance from the Admin Area’s Projects page.

To access the Projects page:

  1. On the top bar, select Menu > Admin.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Overview > Projects.
  3. Select the All, Private, Internal, or Public tab to list only projects of that criteria.

By default, all projects are listed, in reverse order of when they were last updated. For each project, the following information is listed:

  • Name.
  • Namespace.
  • Description.
  • Size, updated every 15 minutes at most.

Projects can be edited or deleted.

The list of projects can be sorted by:

  • Name.
  • Last created.
  • Oldest created.
  • Last updated.
  • Oldest updated.
  • Owner.

A user can choose to hide or show archived projects in the list.

In the Filter by name field, type the project name you want to find, and GitLab filters them as you type.

Select from the Namespace dropdown to filter only projects in that namespace.

You can combine the filter options. For example, to list only public projects with score in their name:

  1. Click the Public tab.
  2. Enter score in the Filter by name… input box.

Deleted projects

Introduced in GitLab 13.3.

When delayed project deletion is enabled for a group, projects within that group are not deleted immediately, but only after a delay. To access a list of all projects that are pending deletion:

  1. On the top bar, select Menu > Projects > Explore projects.
  2. Select the Deleted projects tab.

Listed for each project is:

  • The time the project was marked for deletion.
  • The time the project is scheduled for final deletion.
  • A Restore link to stop the project being eventually deleted.

Administering Users

You can administer all users in the GitLab instance from the Admin Area’s Users page:

  1. On the top bar, select Menu > Admin.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Overview > Users.

To list users matching a specific criteria, click on one of the following tabs on the Users page:

For each user, the following are listed:

  1. Username
  2. Email address
  3. Project membership count
  4. Group membership count (introduced in GitLab 13.12)
  5. Date of account creation
  6. Date of last activity

To edit a user, click the Edit button in that user’s row. To delete the user, or delete the user and their contributions, click the cog dropdown in that user’s row, and select the desired option.

To change the sort order:

  1. Click the sort dropdown.
  2. Select the desired order.

By default the sort dropdown shows Name.

To search for users, enter your criteria in the search field. The user search is case insensitive, and applies partial matching to name and username. To search for an email address, you must provide the complete email address.

User impersonation

An administrator can “impersonate” any other user, including other administrators. This allows the administrator to “see what the user sees,” and take actions on behalf of the user. You can impersonate a user in the following ways:

  • Through the UI:
    1. On the top bar, select Menu > Admin.
    2. On the left sidebar, select Overview > Users.
    3. From the list of users, select a user.
    4. Select Impersonate.
  • With the API, using impersonation tokens.

All impersonation activities are captured with audit events.

By default, impersonation is enabled. GitLab can be configured to disable impersonation.

user impersonation button

User Permission Export

Version history

An administrator can export user permissions for all users in the GitLab instance from the Admin Area’s Users page. The export lists direct membership the users have in groups and projects.

The following data is included in the export:

user permission export button

Users statistics

The Users statistics page provides an overview of user accounts by role. These statistics are calculated daily, so user changes made since the last update are not reflected.

The following totals are also included:

  • Billable users
  • Blocked users
  • Total users

GitLab billing is based on the number of Billable users.

Add email to user

You must be an administrator to manually add emails to users:

  1. On the top bar, select Menu > Admin.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Overview > Users (/admin/users).
  3. Locate the user and select them.
  4. Select Edit.
  5. In Email, enter the new email address. This adds the new email address to the user and sets the previous email address to be a secondary.
  6. Select Save changes.

User cohorts

The Cohorts tab displays the monthly cohorts of new users and their activities over time.

Administering Groups

You can administer all groups in the GitLab instance from the Admin Area’s Groups page.

To access the Groups page:

  1. On the top bar, select Menu > Admin.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Overview > Groups.

For each group, the page displays their name, description, size, number of projects in the group, number of members, and whether the group is private, internal, or public. To edit a group, click the Edit button in that group’s row. To delete the group, click the Delete button in that group’s row.

To change the sort order, click the sort dropdown and select the desired order. The default sort order is by Last created.

To search for groups by name, enter your criteria in the search field. The group search is case insensitive, and applies partial matching.

To Create a new group click New group.

Administering Topics

Introduced in GitLab 14.4.

You can administer all topics in the GitLab instance from the Admin Area’s Topics page.

To access the Topics page:

  1. On the top bar, select Menu > Admin.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Overview > Topics.

For each topic, the page displays its name and the number of projects labeled with the topic.

To create a new topic, select New topic.

To edit a topic, select Edit in that topic’s row.

To search for topics by name, enter your criteria in the search box. The topic search is case insensitive and applies partial matching.

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The assigned topics are visible only to everyone with access to the project, but everyone can see which topics exist at all on the GitLab instance. Do not include sensitive information in the name of a topic.

Administering Jobs

You can administer all jobs in the GitLab instance from the Admin Area’s Jobs page.

To access the Jobs page:

  1. On the top bar, select Menu > Admin.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Overview > Jobs. All jobs are listed, in descending order of job ID.
  3. Click the All tab to list all jobs. Click the Pending, Running, or Finished tab to list only jobs of that status.

For each job, the following details are listed:

Field Description
Status Job status, either passed, skipped, or failed.
Job Includes links to the job, branch, and the commit that started the job.
Pipeline Includes a link to the specific pipeline.
Project Name of the project, and organization, to which the job belongs.
Runner Name of the CI runner assigned to execute the job.
Stage Stage that the job is declared in a .gitlab-ci.yml file.
Name Name of the job specified in a .gitlab-ci.yml file.
Timing Duration of the job, and how long ago the job completed.
Coverage Percentage of tests coverage.

Administering runners

You can administer all runners in the GitLab instance from the Admin Area’s Runners page. See GitLab Runner for more information.

To access the Runners page:

  1. On the top bar, select Menu > Admin.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Overview > Runners.

The Runners page features:

  • A description of runners and their possible states.
  • Instructions on installing a runner.
  • A list of all registered runners.

Runners are listed in descending order by the date they were created, by default. You can change the sort order to Last Contacted from the dropdown beside the search field.

To search runners’ descriptions:

  1. In the Search or filter results… field, type the description of the runner you want to find.
  2. Press Enter.

You can also filter runners by status, type, and tag. To filter:

  1. Select a tab or the Search or filter results… field.
  2. Select any Type, or filter by Status or Tags.
  3. Select or enter your search criteria.

Attributes of a runner, with the **Search or filter results...** field active

For each runner, the following attributes are listed:

Attribute Description
Type/State One or more of the following states: shared, group, specific, locked, or paused
Runner token Partial token used to identify the runner, and which the runner uses to communicate with the GitLab instance
Runner ID Numerical ID of the runner
Description Description given to the runner
Version GitLab Runner version
IP address IP address of the host on which the runner is registered
Projects Number of projects to which the runner is assigned
Jobs Total of jobs run by the runner
Tags Tags associated with the runner
Last contact Timestamp indicating when the runner last contacted the GitLab instance

You can also edit, pause, or remove each runner.

Administering Gitaly servers

You can list all Gitaly servers in the GitLab instance from the Admin Area’s Gitaly Servers page. For more details, see Gitaly.

To access the Gitaly Servers page:

  1. On the top bar, select Menu > Admin.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Overview > Gitaly Servers.

For each Gitaly server, the following details are listed:

Field Description
Storage Repository storage
Address Network address on which the Gitaly server is listening
Server version Gitaly version
Git version Version of Git installed on the Gitaly server
Up to date Indicates if the Gitaly server version is the latest version available. A green dot indicates the server is up to date.

Monitoring section

The following topics document the Monitoring section of the Admin Area.

System Information

The System Info page provides the following statistics:

Field Description
CPU Number of CPU cores available
Memory Usage Memory in use, and total memory available
Disk Usage Disk space in use, and total disk space available
Uptime Approximate uptime of the GitLab instance

These statistics are updated only when you navigate to the System Info page, or you refresh the page in your browser.

Background Jobs

The Background Jobs page displays the Sidekiq dashboard. Sidekiq is used by GitLab to perform processing in the background.

The Sidekiq dashboard consists of the following elements:

  • A tab per jobs’ status.
  • A breakdown of background job statistics.
  • A live graph of Processed and Failed jobs, with a selectable polling interval.
  • An historical graph of Processed and Failed jobs, with a selectable time span.
  • Redis statistics, including:
    • Version number
    • Uptime, measured in days
    • Number of connections
    • Current memory usage, measured in MB
    • Peak memory usage, measured in MB

Logs

Since GitLab 13.0, Log view has been removed from the Admin Area dashboard since the logging does not work in multi-node setups and could cause confusion for administrators by displaying partial information.

For multi-node systems we recommend ingesting the logs into services like Elasticsearch and Splunk.

Log file Contents
application.log GitLab user activity
git_json.log Failed GitLab interaction with Git repositories
production.log Requests received from Puma, and the actions taken to serve those requests
sidekiq.log Background jobs
repocheck.log Repository activity
integrations_json.log Activity between GitLab and integrated systems
kubernetes.log Kubernetes activity

The contents of these log files can be useful when troubleshooting a problem.

For details of these log files and their contents, see Log system.

The content of each log file is listed in chronological order. To minimize performance issues, a maximum 2000 lines of each log file are shown.

Requests Profiles

The Requests Profiles page contains the token required for profiling. For more details, see Request Profiling.

Audit Events

The Audit Events page lists changes made within the GitLab server. With this information you can control, analyze, and track every change.