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Welcome to GitLab! We're glad to have you here!
As a GitLab user you have access to all the features your subscription includes, except GitLab administrator settings, unless you have admin privileges to install, configure, and upgrade your GitLab instance.
Admin privileges for GitLab.com are restricted to the GitLab team.
For more information on configuring GitLab self-managed instances, see the Administrator documentation.
GitLab is a fully integrated software development platform that enables your team to be transparent, fast, effective, and cohesive from discussion on a new idea to production, all on the same platform.
For more information, see All GitLab Features.
To get familiar with the concepts needed to develop code on GitLab, read the following articles:
- Demo: Mastering Code Review With GitLab.
- GitLab Workflow: An Overview.
- Tutorial: It's all connected in GitLab: an overview on code collaboration with GitLab.
- Trends in Version Control Land: Microservices.
- Trends in Version Control Land: Innersourcing.
GitLab is a Git-based platform that integrates a great number of essential tools for software development and deployment, and project management:
- Hosting code in repositories with version control.
- Tracking proposals for new implementations, bug reports, and feedback with a fully featured Issue tracker.
- Organizing and prioritizing with Issue Boards.
- Reviewing code in Merge Requests with live-preview changes per branch with Review Apps.
- Building, testing, and deploying with built-in Continuous Integration.
- Deploying personal and professional static websites with GitLab Pages.
- Integrating with Docker by using GitLab Container Registry.
- Tracking the development lifecycle by using GitLab Value Stream Analytics.
- Provide support with Service Desk.
- Export issues as CSV.
With GitLab Enterprise Edition, you can also:
- Improve collaboration with:
- Create formal relationships between issues with linked issues.
- Use Burndown Charts to track progress during a sprint or while working on a new version of their software.
- Leverage Elasticsearch with Advanced Search for faster, more advanced code search across your entire GitLab instance.
- Authenticate users with Kerberos.
- Mirror a repository from elsewhere on your local server.
- View your entire CI/CD pipeline involving more than one project with Multiple-Project Pipelines.
- Lock files to prevent conflicts.
- View the current health and status of each CI environment running on Kubernetes with Deploy Boards.
- Leverage continuous delivery method with Canary Deployments.
- Scan your code for vulnerabilities and display them in merge requests.
You can also integrate GitLab with numerous third-party applications, such as Mattermost, Microsoft Teams, Trello, Slack, Bamboo CI, Jira, and a lot more.
There are several types of users in GitLab:
- Regular users and GitLab.com users.
- Groups of users.
- GitLab admin area user.
- GitLab Administrator with full access to self-managed instances' features and settings.
- Internal users.
You can follow or unfollow other users from their user profiles. To view a user's activity in a top-level Activity view:
- From a user's profile, select Follow.
- In the GitLab menu, select Activity.
- Select the Followed users tab.
In GitLab, you can create projects to host your code, track issues, collaborate on code, and continuously build, test, and deploy your app with built-in GitLab CI/CD. Or, you can do it all at once, from one single project.
- Repositories: Host your codebase in repositories with version control and as part of a fully integrated platform.
- Issues: Explore the best of GitLab Issues' features.
- Merge Requests: Collaborate on code, reviews, live preview changes per branch, and request approvals with Merge Requests.
- Milestones: Work on multiple issues and merge requests towards the same target date with Milestones.
There is a lot you can customize and configure to enjoy the best of GitLab.
- Settings: Manage your user settings to change your personal information, personal access tokens, authorized applications, etc.
- Authentication: Read through the authentication methods available in GitLab.
- Permissions: Learn the different set of permissions levels for each user type (guest, reporter, developer, maintainer, owner).
- Feature highlight: Learn more about the little blue dots around the app that explain certain features.
- Abuse reports: Report abuse from users to GitLab administrators.
With GitLab Groups you can assemble related projects together and grant members access to several projects at once.
Groups can also be nested in subgroups.
In GitLab, you can comment and mention collaborators in issues, merge requests, code snippets, and commits.
When performing inline reviews to implementations to your codebase through merge requests you can gather feedback through resolvable threads.
GitLab Flavored Markdown (GFM)
Read through the GFM documentation to learn how to apply the best of GitLab Flavored Markdown in your threads, comments, issues and merge requests descriptions, and everywhere else GFM is supported.
Never forget to reply to your collaborators. GitLab To-Do List is a tool for working faster and more effectively with your team, by listing all user or group mentions, as well as issues and merge requests you're assigned to.
Search and filter through groups, projects, issues, merge requests, files, code, and more.
Snippets are code blocks that you want to store in GitLab, from which you have quick access to. You can also gather feedback on them through Discussions.
Use built-in GitLab CI/CD to test, build, and deploy your applications directly from GitLab. No third-party integrations needed.
Features behind feature flags
Understand what features behind feature flags mean.
There are many keyboard shortcuts in GitLab to help you navigate between pages and accomplish tasks faster.
Integrate GitLab with your preferred tool, such as Trello, Jira, etc.
Configure webhooks to listen for specific events like pushes, issues or merge requests. GitLab sends a POST request with data to the webhook URL.
Automate GitLab via API.
Git and GitLab
Learn what is Git and its best practices.
See various statistics of your GitLab instance.
See Operations Dashboard for a summary of each project's operational health.