Package Registry Rate Limits

Rate limiting is a common technique used to improve the security and durability of a web application. For more details, see Rate limits. General user and IP rate limits can be enforced in Admin Area > Settings > Network > User and IP rate limits. For more details, see User and IP rate limits.

With the GitLab Package Registry, you can use GitLab as a private or public registry for a variety of common package managers. You can publish and share packages, which others can consume as a dependency in downstream projects through the Packages API.

When downloading such dependencies in downstream projects, many requests are made through the Packages API. You may therefore reach enforced user and IP rate limits. To address this issue, you can define specific rate limits for the Packages API in Admin Area > Settings > Network > Package Registry Rate Limits:

  • Unauthenticated Packages API requests
  • Authenticated Packages API requests

These limits are disabled by default. When enabled, they supersede the general user and IP rate limits for requests to the Packages API. You can therefore keep the general user and IP rate limits, and increase (if necessary) the rate limits for the Packages API.

Besides this precedence, there are no differences in functionality compared to the general user and IP rate limits. For more details, see User and IP rate limits.