GitLab Pages domain names, URLs, and baseurls

On this document, learn how to name your project for GitLab Pages according to your intended website’s URL.

GitLab Pages default domain names

Note: If you use your own GitLab instance to deploy your site with GitLab Pages, check with your sysadmin what’s your Pages wildcard domain. This guide is valid for any GitLab instance, you just need to replace Pages wildcard domain on GitLab.com (*.gitlab.io) with your own.

If you set up a GitLab Pages project on GitLab, it will automatically be accessible under a subdomain of namespace.example.io. The namespace is defined by your username on GitLab.com, or the group name you created this project under. For GitLab self-managed instances, replace example.io with your instance’s Pages domain. For GitLab.com, Pages domains are *.gitlab.io.

Type of GitLab PagesThe name of the project created in GitLabWebsite URL
User pagesusername.example.iohttp(s)://username.example.io
Group pagesgroupname.example.iohttp(s)://groupname.example.io
Project pages owned by a userprojectnamehttp(s)://username.example.io/projectname
Project pages owned by a groupprojectnamehttp(s)://groupname.example.io/projectname
Project pages owned by a subgroupsubgroup/projectnamehttp(s)://groupname.example.io/subgroup/projectname
Warning: There are some known limitations regarding namespaces served under the general domain name and HTTPS. Make sure to read that section.

To understand Pages domains clearly, read the examples below.

Project website examples

  • You created a project called blog under your username john, therefore your project URL is https://gitlab.com/john/blog/. Once you enable GitLab Pages for this project, and build your site, it will be available under https://john.gitlab.io/blog/.
  • You created a group for all your websites called websites, and a project within this group is called blog. Your project URL is https://gitlab.com/websites/blog/. Once you enable GitLab Pages for this project, the site will live under https://websites.gitlab.io/blog/.
  • You created a group for your engineering department called engineering, a subgroup for all your documentation websites called docs, and a project within this subgroup is called workflows. Your project URL is https://gitlab.com/engineering/docs/workflows/. Once you enable GitLab Pages for this project, the site will live under https://engineering.gitlab.io/docs/workflows.

User and Group website examples

  • Under your username, john, you created a project called john.gitlab.io. Your project URL will be https://gitlab.com/john/john.gitlab.io. Once you enable GitLab Pages for your project, your website will be published under https://john.gitlab.io.
  • Under your group websites, you created a project called websites.gitlab.io. your project’s URL will be https://gitlab.com/websites/websites.gitlab.io. Once you enable GitLab Pages for your project, your website will be published under https://websites.gitlab.io.

General example:

  • On GitLab.com, a project site will always be available under https://namespace.gitlab.io/project-name
  • On GitLab.com, a user or group website will be available under https://namespace.gitlab.io/
  • On your GitLab instance, replace gitlab.io above with your Pages server domain. Ask your sysadmin for this information.

URLs and baseurls

Every Static Site Generator (SSG) default configuration expects to find your website under a (sub)domain (example.com), not in a subdirectory of that domain (example.com/subdir). Therefore, whenever you publish a project website (namespace.gitlab.io/project-name), you’ll have to look for this configuration (base URL) on your SSG’s documentation and set it up to reflect this pattern.

For example, for a Jekyll site, the baseurl is defined in the Jekyll configuration file, _config.yml. If your website URL is https://john.gitlab.io/blog/, you need to add this line to _config.yml:

baseurl: "/blog"

On the contrary, if you deploy your website after forking one of our default examples, the baseurl will already be configured this way, as all examples there are project websites. If you decide to make yours a user or group website, you’ll have to remove this configuration from your project. For the Jekyll example we’ve just mentioned, you’d have to change Jekyll’s _config.yml to:

baseurl: ""

Custom domains

GitLab Pages supports custom domains and subdomains, served under HTTP or HTTPS. See GitLab Pages custom domains and SSL/TLS Certificates for more information.