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== Gitlab on Stetch == == Gitlab on Stretch ==

Gitlab is a git front end with repository management, graphs, links, goodies, commands to run, and review capabilities similar in feel to a self-hosted ?GitHub.

Debian is running its own Instance of GitLab under https://salsa.debian.org, which is not based on the packaged version.

Note 1: For a smooth upgrade experience, always stay on the latest major version of gitlab. For example, if latest version of gitlab is 12.0.0 and you are currently on 11.3.6, then update to 12.0.0 as soon as possible, certainly before the debian package is updated to 13.x. Ideally, you should update as soon as a new version with security updates is available.

Note 2: It is recommended to subscribe to changes in this wiki page or frequently check this page for updates

Buster Fast Track (Recommended)

Gitlab 12.2.9 is available in unofficial fasttrack repo (some packages are still needed from personal repo of gitlab maintainer) targeting buster as base distribution. (no open security issues).

Add to /etc/apt/sources.list

deb http://fasttrack.debian.net/debian/ buster-fasttrack main contrib
deb http://fasttrack.debian.net/debian/ buster-backports main contrib 
deb https://deb.debian.org/debian buster-backports contrib main
# Eventually the packages in this repo will be moved to one of the previous two repos
deb https://people.debian.org/~praveen/gitlab buster-backports contrib main

# apt update

You may encounter the following error message:

The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 0B76920762A6B785

If so, those commands can help:

# wget https://people.debian.org/~praveen/gitlab/praveen.key.asc
# wget http://fasttrack.debian.net/fasttrack-archive-key.asc
# apt-key add praveen.key.asc
# apt-key add fasttrack-archive-key.asc


# apt -t buster-backports install gitlab

Note: https://gitlab.debian.net is running on this version.

Unstable (be careful when updating packages)

Gitlab 11.8.10 is available in unstable (many open security issues).

Note: Use experimental till protobuf transition is complete.

# apt install gitlab

We try to keep the version in unstable in a good shape with the latest security updates, but some times dependency updates break GitLab.

Experimental - During freeze and transitions

Gitlab 12.2.9 is available in experimental (no open security issues). If you are using experimental for the first time, check DebianExperimental.

grpc+protobuf transition is delaying upload to unstable.

# apt -t experimental install ruby-grpc ruby-gitlab-labkit ruby-google-protobuf
# apt -t experimental install gitlab-workhorse gitaly ruby-gitaly
# apt -t experimental install ruby-devise ruby-task-list ruby-benchmark-ips ruby-omniauth-google-oauth2 ruby-gitlab-sidekiq-fetcher ruby-redis 
# apt install gitlab/experimental

Gitlab on Stretch

This is moved to gitlab/stretch now.

Contact maintainers

You can reach the maintainers of the gitlab package via

  1. Matrix at #debian-gitlab:poddery.com (join via browser)

  2. IRC #debian-gitlab on OFTC network (join via browser)

Maintainer's corner

  1. Installing gitlab on an lxc container to test - See gitlab/lxc

  2. Updating gitlab package to newer versions - See Teams/Ruby/Packaging/newUpstreamRailsApp


  1. Aim to get gitlab back in main by bullseye release by packaging all node dependencies. We can do this gradually starting with webpack from the archive.
  2. Get autopkgtest working so we can detect problems when someone updates dependencies without coordinating with us.

Omnibus Packages

Note: this section is about the installation of upstream-provided unofficial packages.


all actions are performed under the root user, in ~ unless otherwise noted.

Step 1

navigate to https://about.gitlab.com/install/ and copy down the link to the Debian deb package.

as of this writing @ June 5, 2014


Step 2


  • dpkg -i gitlab*

Step 3

i got errors 1st time around 2nd time around gitlab looked like it set everything and ran well.

To avoid errors, execute /opt/gitlab/embedded/bin/runsvdir-start for one minute, more or less (tested in 7.9.0 and 7.9.1 omnibus versions).


  • gitlab-ctl reconfigure

to verify that things are running


  • gitlab-ctl status

Step 4

navigate to your servers IP address or domain name, and login as:

user: root password: 5iveL!fe

External Resources