Reserved project and group names

Not all project & group names are allowed because they would conflict with existing routes used by GitLab.

For a list of words that are not allowed to be used as group or project names, see the path_regex.rb file under the TOP_LEVEL_ROUTES, PROJECT_WILDCARD_ROUTES and GROUP_ROUTES lists:

  • TOP_LEVEL_ROUTES: are names that are reserved as usernames or top level groups
  • PROJECT_WILDCARD_ROUTES: are names that are reserved for child groups or projects.
  • GROUP_ROUTES: are names that are reserved for all groups or projects.

Limitations on project and group names

  • Special characters are not permitted at the start or end of project or group names. They are permitted in any other location of the name.
  • Project or group names cannot end in .git or .atom.
  • Project or group names can only contain letters, digits, emojis, “_”, “.”, “+”, dashes, or spaces.
  • Paths can only contain letters, digits, “_”, “-“, and “.”

Reserved project names

It is currently not possible to create a project with the following names:

  • \-
  • badges
  • blame
  • blob
  • builds
  • commits
  • create
  • create_dir
  • edit
  • environments/folders
  • files
  • find_file
  • gitlab-lfs/objects
  • info/lfs/objects
  • new
  • preview
  • raw
  • refs
  • tree
  • update
  • wikis

Reserved group names

Currently, the following names are reserved as top level groups:

  • \-
  • .well-known
  • 404.html
  • 422.html
  • 500.html
  • 502.html
  • 503.html
  • admin
  • api
  • apple-touch-icon.png
  • assets
  • dashboard
  • deploy.html
  • explore
  • favicon.ico
  • favicon.png
  • files
  • groups
  • health_check
  • help
  • import
  • jwt
  • login
  • oauth
  • profile
  • projects
  • public
  • robots.txt
  • s
  • search
  • sitemap
  • sitemap.xml
  • sitemap.xml.gz
  • slash-command-logo.png
  • snippets
  • unsubscribes
  • uploads
  • users
  • v2

These group names are unavailable as subgroup names:

  • \-