Permissions

Users have different abilities depending on the access level they have in a particular group or project. If a user is both in a group’s project and the project itself, the highest permission level is used.

On public and internal projects the Guest role is not enforced. All users will be able to create issues, leave comments, and clone or download the project code.

When a member leaves the team all the assigned Issues and Merge Requests will be unassigned automatically.

GitLab administrators receive all permissions.

To add or import a user, you can follow the project members documentation.

Principles behind permissions

See our product handbook on permissions

Project members permissions

Note: In GitLab 11.0, the Master role was renamed to Maintainer.

The following table depicts the various user permission levels in a project.

Action Guest Reporter Developer Maintainer Owner
Create new issue 1
Create confidential issue 1
View confidential issues (✓) 2
Leave comments 1
See related issues
See a list of jobs 3
See a job log 3
Download and browse job artifacts 3
View wiki pages 1
View license management reports 1
View Security reports 1
Pull project code 1
Download project 1
Assign issues  
Assign merge requests    
Label issues  
Label merge requests    
Create code snippets  
Manage issue tracker  
Manage labels  
See a commit status  
See a container registry  
See environments  
See a list of merge requests  
Manage related issues  
Lock issue discussions  
Create issue from vulnerability  
Lock merge request discussions    
Create new environments    
Stop environments    
Manage/Accept merge requests    
Create new merge request    
Create new branches    
Push to non-protected branches    
Force push to non-protected branches    
Remove non-protected branches    
Add tags    
Write a wiki    
Cancel and retry jobs    
Create or update commit status    
Update a container registry    
Remove a container registry image    
Create/edit/delete project milestones    
View approved/blacklisted licenses    
Use security dashboard    
Dismiss vulnerability    
Use environment terminals      
Run Web IDE’s Interactive Terminals      
Add new team members      
Push to protected branches      
Enable/disable branch protection      
Turn on/off protected branch push for devs      
Enable/disable tag protections      
Rewrite/remove Git tags      
Edit project      
Add deploy keys to project      
Configure project hooks      
Manage Runners      
Manage job triggers      
Manage variables      
Manage GitLab Pages      
Manage GitLab Pages domains and certificates      
Remove GitLab Pages        
View GitLab Pages protected by access control
Manage clusters      
Manage license policy      
Edit comments (posted by any user)      
Switch visibility level        
Transfer project to another namespace        
Remove project        
Delete issues        
Remove pages        
Force push to protected branches 4          
Remove protected branches 4          
View project Audit Events      

Project features permissions

Wiki and issues

Project features like wiki and issues can be hidden from users depending on which visibility level you select on project settings.

  • Disabled: disabled for everyone
  • Only team members: only team members will see even if your project is public or internal
  • Everyone with access: everyone can see depending on your project visibility level
  • Everyone: enabled for everyone (only available for GitLab Pages)

Protected branches

To prevent people from messing with history or pushing code without review, we’ve created protected branches. Read through the documentation on protected branches to learn more.

Additionally, you can allow or forbid users with Maintainer and/or Developer permissions to push to a protected branch. Read through the documentation on Allowed to Merge and Allowed to Push settings to learn more.

Cycle Analytics permissions

Find the current permissions on the Cycle Analytics dashboard on the documentation on Cycle Analytics permissions.

Issue Board permissions

Developers and users with higher permission level can use all the functionality of the Issue Board, that is create/delete lists and drag issues around. Read though the documentation on Issue Boards permissions to learn more.

File Locking permissions

The user that locks a file or directory is the only one that can edit and push their changes back to the repository where the locked objects are located.

Read through the documentation on permissions for File Locking to learn more.

Confidential Issues permissions

Confidential issues can be accessed by reporters and higher permission levels, as well as by guest users that create a confidential issue. To learn more, read through the documentation on permissions and access to confidential issues.

Group members permissions

Note: In GitLab 11.0, the Master role was renamed to Maintainer.

Any user can remove themselves from a group, unless they are the last Owner of the group. The following table depicts the various user permission levels in a group.

Action Guest Reporter Developer Maintainer Owner
Browse group
Edit group        
Create subgroup        
Create project in group      
Manage group members        
Remove group        
Manage group labels  
Create/edit/delete group milestones    
View private group epic  
View internal group epic
View public group epic
Create/edit group epic  
Delete group epic        
View group Audit Events        

Subgroup permissions

When you add a member to a subgroup, they inherit the membership and permission level from the parent group. This model allows access to nested groups if you have membership in one of its parents.

To learn more, read through the documentation on subgroups memberships.

External users permissions

In cases where it is desired that a user has access only to some internal or private projects, there is the option of creating External Users. This feature may be useful when for example a contractor is working on a given project and should only have access to that project.

External users can only access projects to which they are explicitly granted access, thus hiding all other internal or private ones from them. Access can be granted by adding the user as member to the project or group.

They will, like usual users, receive a role in the project or group with all the abilities that are mentioned in the table above. They cannot however create groups or projects, and they have the same access as logged out users in all other cases.

An administrator can flag a user as external through the API or by checking the checkbox on the admin panel. As an administrator, navigate to Admin > Users to create a new user or edit an existing one. There, you will find the option to flag the user as external.

By default new users are not set as external users. This behavior can be changed by an administrator under Admin > Application Settings.

Default internal users

The “Internal users” field allows specifying an e-mail address regex pattern to identify default internal users.

New users whose email address matches the regex pattern will be set to internal by default rather than an external collaborator.

The regex pattern format is Ruby, but it needs to be convertible to JavaScript, and the ignore case flag will be set, e.g. “/regex pattern/i”.

Here are some examples:

Please be aware that this regex could lead to a DOS attack, see ReDos on Wikipedia.

Auditor users

Introduced in GitLab Premium 8.17.

Auditor users are given read-only access to all projects, groups, and other resources on the GitLab instance.

An Auditor user should be able to access all projects and groups of a GitLab instance with the permissions described on the documentation on auditor users permissions.

Read more about Auditor users.

Project features

Project features like wiki and issues can be hidden from users depending on which visibility level you select on project settings.

  • Disabled: disabled for everyone
  • Only team members: only team members will see even if your project is public or internal
  • Everyone with access: everyone can see depending on your project visibility level
  • Everyone: enabled for everyone (only available for GitLab Pages)

GitLab CI/CD permissions

Note: In GitLab 11.0, the Master role was renamed to Maintainer.

GitLab CI/CD permissions rely on the role the user has in GitLab. There are four permission levels in total:

  • admin
  • maintainer
  • developer
  • guest/reporter

The admin user can perform any action on GitLab CI/CD in scope of the GitLab instance and project. In addition, all admins can use the admin interface under /admin/runners.

Action Guest, Reporter Developer Maintainer Admin
See commits and jobs
Retry or cancel job  
Erase job artifacts and trace   5
Remove project    
Create project    
Change project configuration    
Add specific runners    
Add shared runners      
See events in the system      
Admin interface      

Job permissions

Note: In GitLab 11.0, the Master role was renamed to Maintainer.

Note: GitLab 8.12 has a completely redesigned job permissions system. Read all about the new model and its implications.

This table shows granted privileges for jobs triggered by specific types of users:

Action Guest, Reporter Developer Maintainer Admin
Run CI job  
Clone source and LFS from current project  
Clone source and LFS from public projects  
Clone source and LFS from internal projects   6 6
Clone source and LFS from private projects   7 7 7
Push source and LFS        
Pull container images from current project  
Pull container images from public projects  
Pull container images from internal projects   6 6
Pull container images from private projects   7 7 7
Push container images to current project  
Push container images to other projects        

New CI job permissions model

GitLab 8.12 has a completely redesigned job permissions system. To learn more, read through the documentation on the new CI/CD permissions model.

Running pipelines on protected branches

The permission to merge or push to protected branches is used to define if a user can run CI/CD pipelines and execute actions on jobs that are related to those branches.

See Security on protected branches for details about the pipelines security model.

LDAP users permissions

Since GitLab 8.15, LDAP user permissions can now be manually overridden by an admin user. Read through the documentation on LDAP users permissions to learn more.

  1. On public and internal projects, all users are able to perform this action  2 3 4 5 6 7 8

  2. Guest users can only view the confidential issues they created themselves 

  3. If Public pipelines is enabled in Project Settings > CI/CD  2 3

  4. Not allowed for Guest, Reporter, Developer, Maintainer, or Owner  2

  5. Only if the job was triggered by the user 

  6. Only if user is not external one  2 3 4

  7. Only if user is a member of the project  2 3 4 5 6