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gitlab (20) Versions 6.4.5

Installs/Configures gitlab

cookbook 'gitlab', '= 6.4.5'
cookbook 'gitlab', '= 6.4.5', :supermarket
knife supermarket install gitlab
knife supermarket download gitlab
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Gitlab Cookbook

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This cookbook will deploy gitlab; a free project and repository management application.

Gitlab code hosted on github here.

Important changes

Going forward, the cookbook major version (i.e. 6.1.x) will target the matching stable branch (i.e. 6-1-stable) of the Gitlab application. The 6.1.x release is not backwards compatible with previous versions targeting Gitlab master.

For the initial 6.1.x release of the cookbook, the default Ruby will be 1.9.3 compiled with ruby_build. Using a compiled 1.9.3 Ruby follows the Gitlab installation guidelines upstream. If you have a better approach which reduced complexity or reduces converge time, please open a pull request on Github.

The application home has moved from /var/gitlab/gitlab to /srv/git/gitlab in accordance with the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard (FHS) version 2.3.



  • Hard disk space

    • About 600 Mb, plus enough space for repositories in application home
  • You need to add mysql::server or postgresql::server to your run_list if you intend to run the whole application stack on a single instance. The gitlab::mysql and gitlab::postgresql recipes set up the RDBMS connection only, to allow for multi-instance architecture. See Database Attributes documentation below for RDBMS connection parameters.

Cookbook dependencies



  • gitlab['user'] & gitlab['group']

    • Gitlab service user and group for Unicorn Rails app, default git
  • gitlab['home']

    • Gitlab top-level home for service account, default /srv/git
  • gitlab['app_home']

    • Gitlab application home, default /srv/git/gitlab
  • gitlab['email_from']

    • Gitlab email from, default gitlab@ + node.fqdn
  • gitlab['support_email']

    • Gitlab support email, default gitlab-support@ + node.fqdn
  • gitlab['git_url']

    • Github gitlab address, default git://
  • gitlab['git_branch']

    • Defaults to stable GitlabHQ branch matching the major version of this cookbook. e.g. 6.1.x => 6-1-stable
  • gitlab['packages']

    • Platform specific OS packages
  • gitlab['trust_local_sshkeys']

    • ssh_config key for gitlab to trust localhost keys automatically, default yes
  • gitlab['install_ruby']

    • Attribute to determine whether vendor packages are installed, or Rubies are built, defaults 1.9.3 for Debian and RHEL family platforms.
    • If you choose to use a vendor provided package, you will need to use a role to override the gitlab['packages'] array.
  • gitlab['https']

    • Whether https should be used. Default false
  • gitlab['self_signed_cert']

    • Allows self-signed certificates over https protocol. Default false
  • gitlab['certificate_databag_id']

    • Encrypted databag name containing certificate file, CA bundle, and key. Default nil
    • See certificate cookbook for further information.
  • gitlab['backup_path']

    • Path in file system where backups are stored. Default gitlab['app_home'] + backups/
  • gitlab['backup_keep_time']

    • Units are seconds. Older backups will automatically be deleted when new backup is created. Set to 0 to keep backups forever.
    • Defaults to 604800
  • gitlab['listen_ip']

    • IP address that nginx will listen on, default * (listen on all IPs)
  • gitlab['listen_port']

    • Port that nginx will listen on, default to 80 if gitlab['https'] is set to false, 443 if set to true
  • gitlab['web_fqdn']

    • An overridable service name, used in gitlab and unicorn configuration files. Useful if hostname -f is not the same as the customer facing hostname. Default is unset. Effective default is node['fqdn']
  • gitlab['nginx_server_names']

    • An array with nginx server_name matches. Helpful to override default test site pages shipping with some nginx packages. Default [ 'gitlab.*', node['fqdn'] ]. See nginx server_name documentation for valid matching patterns.
  • gitlab['gravatar']['enabled']

    • Use Gravatar to fetch user avatars
    • Options: "true", "false"
    • Default "true"

User privileges

Note, This attributes are useful when you want only admins to create projects and groups. And to restrict username changing.

  • default['gitlab']['default_projects_limit']

    • When you create a user this value is their projects_limit profile setting.
    • If you put it at 0, regular users can't create repos.
    • Default, 10.
  • default['gitlab']['default_can_create_group']

    • When you create a user this value is their can_create_group profile setting.
    • Default, true.
  • default['gitlab']['username_changing_enabled']

    • Disable/enable users changing their username.
    • Default, true.

Database Attributes

Note, most of the database attributes have sane defaults. You will only need to change these configuration options if you're using a non-standard installation. Please see attributes/default.rb for more information on how a dynamic attribute is calculated.

  • gitlab['database']['type']

    • The database (datastore) to use.
    • Options: "mysql", "postgres"
    • Default "mysql"
  • gitlab['database']['adapter']

    • The Rails adapter to use with the database type
    • Options: "mysql2", "postgresql"
    • Default (varies based on type)
  • gitlab['database']['encoding']

    • The database encoding
    • Default (varies based on type)
  • gitlab['database']['host']

    • The host (fqdn) where the database exists
    • Default localhost
  • gitlab['database']['userhost']

    • The host (fqdn) from which the database user may connect.
    • Default localhost
  • gitlab['database']['pool']

    • The maximum number of connections to allow
    • Default 5
  • gitlab['database']['database']

    • The name of the database
    • Default gitlab
  • gitlab['database']['username']

    • The username for the database
    • Default gitlab

LDAP Authentication Attributes

  • gitlab'['ldap']['enabled']

    • Use LDAP for authentication
    • Default: false
  • gitlab['ldap']['host']

    • Hostname of your LDAP server
    • Default: "_your_ldap_server"
  • gitlab['ldap']['base']

    • Base DN for users (e.g. dc=users,dc=example,dc=com)
    • Default: "_the_base_where_you_search_for_users"
  • gitlab['ldap']['port']

    • LDAP server port
    • Default: 636
  • gitlab['ldap']['uid']

    • User ID used when searching for users (e.g. uid, cn, or sAMAccountName)
    • Default: "sAMAccountName"
  • gitlab['ldap']['method']

    • Connection method used with LDAP server
    • Options: "ssl", "plain"
    • Default: "ssl"
  • gitlab['ldap']['bind_dn']

    • Some servers require a username in order to bind.
    • Leave default if your server supports anonymous bind.
    • Default: "_the_full_dn_of_the_user_you_will_bind_with"
  • gitlab['ldap']['password']

    • Some servers require a password in order to bind
    • Leave default if your server supports anonymous bind.
    • Default: "_the_password_of_the_bind_user"
  • gitlab['ldap']['allow_username_or_email_login']

    • If you want to allow users to login using both username and email address even though username (uid) will actually be used
    • Default: true


Optionally override application paths using gitlab['git_home'] and gitlab['home'].

Add recipe gitlab::default to run_list. Go grab a lunch, or two, if Ruby has to build.

The default admin credentials for the gitlab application are as follows:

Password: 5iveL!fe

Of course you should change these first thing, once deployed.

Role example for Gitlab with https, and MySQL

name "gitlab_https"
description "Configures and installs gitlab w/ https, and mysql server"
override_attributes "gitlab" => {
  "https" => true,
  "certificate_databag_id" => "wildcard"
run_list "recipe[mysql::server]", "recipe[gitlab]

License and Author

Author: Gerald L. Hevener Jr., M.S. Copyright: 2012

Author: Eric G. Wolfe Copyright: 2012

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

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