In GitLab, you can create projects for hosting your codebase, use it as an issue tracker, collaborate on code, and continuously build, test, and deploy your app with built-in GitLab CI/CD.

Your projects can be available publicly, internally, or privately, at your choice. GitLab does not limit the number of private projects you create.

Project features

When you create a project in GitLab, you'll have access to a large number of features:


  • Issue tracker: Discuss implementations with your team within issues
    • Issue Boards: Organize and prioritize your workflow
    • Multiple Issue Boards: Allow your teams to create their own workflows (Issue Boards) for the same project (STARTER)
  • Repositories: Host your code in a fully integrated platform
    • Branches: use Git branching strategies to collaborate on code
    • Protected branches: Prevent collaborators from messing with history or pushing code without review
    • Protected tags: Control over who has permission to create tags, and prevent accidental update or deletion
    • Signing commits: use GPG to sign your commits
    • Deploy tokens: Manage project-based deploy tokens that allow permanent access to the repository and Container Registry.
  • Web IDE

Issues and merge requests:

GitLab CI/CD:

Other features:

  • Wiki: document your GitLab project in an integrated Wiki.
  • Snippets: store, share and collaborate on code snippets.
  • Cycle Analytics: review your development lifecycle.
  • Insights: configure the Insights that matter for your projects. (ULTIMATE)
  • Security Dashboard: Security Dashboard. (ULTIMATE)
  • Syntax highlighting: an alternative to customize your code blocks, overriding GitLab's default choice of language.
  • Badges: badges for the project overview.
  • Releases: a way to track deliverables in your project as snapshot in time of the source, build output, and other metadata or artifacts associated with a released version of your code.
  • Maven packages: your private Maven repository in GitLab. (PREMIUM)
  • NPM packages: your private NPM package registry in GitLab. (PREMIUM)
  • Code owners: specify code owners for certain files (STARTER)
  • License Compliance: approve and blacklist licenses for projects. (ULTIMATE)
  • Dependency List: view project dependencies. (ULTIMATE)

Project integrations

Integrate your project with Jira, Mattermost, Kubernetes, Slack, and a lot more.

New project

Learn how to create a new project in GitLab.

Fork a project

You can fork a project in order to:

  • Collaborate on code by forking a project and creating a merge request from your fork to the upstream project
  • Fork a sample project to work on the top of that

Project settings

Set the project's visibility level and the access levels to its various pages and perform actions like archiving, renaming or transferring a project.

Read through the documentation on project settings.

Import or export a project

CI/CD for external repositories (PREMIUM)

Instead of importing a repository directly to GitLab, you can connect your repository as a CI/CD project.

Read through the documentation on CI/CD for external repositories.

Project members

Learn how to add members to your projects.

Leave a project

Leave project will only display on the project's dashboard when a project is part of a group (under a group namespace). If you choose to leave a project you will no longer be a project member, therefore, unable to contribute.

Redirects when changing repository paths

When a repository path changes, it is essential to smoothly transition from the old location to the new one. GitLab provides two kinds of redirects: the web UI and Git push/pull redirects.

Depending on the situation, different things apply.

When renaming a user, changing a group path or renaming a repository:

  • Existing web URLs for the namespace and anything under it (e.g., projects) will redirect to the new URLs.
  • Starting with GitLab 10.3, existing Git remote URLs for projects under the namespace will redirect to the new remote URL. Every time you push/pull to a repository that has changed its location, a warning message to update your remote will be displayed instead of rejecting your action. This means that any automation scripts, or Git clients will continue to work after a rename, making any transition a lot smoother.
  • The redirects will be available as long as the original path is not claimed by another group, user or project.

Use your project as a Go package

Any project can be used as a Go package including private projects in subgroups. To use packages hosted in private projects with the go get command, use a .netrc file and a personal access token in the password field.

For example:

login <gitlab_user_name>
password <personal_access_token>

Access project page with project ID

Introduced in GitLab 11.8.

To quickly access a project from the GitLab UI using the project ID, visit the /projects/:id URL in your browser or other tool accessing the project.

Project aliases (PREMIUM ONLY)

Introduced in GitLab Premium 12.1.

When migrating repositories to GitLab and they are being accessed by other systems, it's very useful to be able to access them using the same name especially when they are a lot. It reduces the risk of changing significant number of Git URLs in a large number of systems.

GitLab provides a functionality to help with this. In GitLab, repositories are usually accessed with a namespace and project name. It is also possible to access them via a project alias. This feature is only available on Git over SSH.

A project alias can be only created via API and only by GitLab administrators. Follow the Project Aliases API documentation for more details.

Once an alias has been created for a project (e.g., an alias gitlab-ce for the project, the repository can be cloned using the alias (e.g git clone instead of git clone

Project APIs

There are numerous APIs to use with your projects: