Users have different abilities depending on the access level they have in a particular group or project. If a user is both in a group's project and the project itself, the highest permission level is used.
On public and internal projects the Guest role is not enforced. All users will be able to create issues, leave comments, and pull or download the project code.
GitLab administrators receive all permissions.
To add or import a user, you can follow the project users and members documentation.
The following table depicts the various user permission levels in a project.
|Create new issue||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|See a list of builds||✓ 1||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|See a build log||✓ 1||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Download and browse build artifacts||✓ 1||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|View wiki pages||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Pull project code||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Create code snippets||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Manage issue tracker||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|See a commit status||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|See a container registry||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Create new environments||✓||✓||✓|
|Use environment terminals||✓||✓|
|See a list of merge requests||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Manage/Accept merge requests||✓||✓||✓|
|Create new merge request||✓||✓||✓|
|Create new branches||✓||✓||✓|
|Push to non-protected branches||✓||✓||✓|
|Force push to non-protected branches||✓||✓||✓|
|Remove non-protected branches||✓||✓||✓|
|Write a wiki||✓||✓||✓|
|Cancel and retry builds||✓||✓||✓|
|Create or update commit status||✓||✓||✓|
|Update a container registry||✓||✓||✓|
|Remove a container registry image||✓||✓||✓|
|Create new milestones||✓||✓|
|Add new team members||✓||✓|
|Push to protected branches||✓||✓|
|Enable/disable branch protection||✓||✓|
|Turn on/off protected branch push for devs||✓||✓|
|Rewrite/remove Git tags||✓||✓|
|Add deploy keys to project||✓||✓|
|Configure project hooks||✓||✓|
|Manage build triggers||✓||✓|
|Switch visibility level||✓|
|Transfer project to another namespace||✓|
|Force push to protected branches 2|
|Remove protected branches 2|
Any user can remove themselves from a group, unless they are the last Owner of the group. The following table depicts the various user permission levels in a group.
|Create project in group||✓||✓|
|Manage group members||✓|
In cases where it is desired that a user has access only to some internal or private projects, there is the option of creating External Users. This feature may be useful when for example a contractor is working on a given project and should only have access to that project.
External users can only access projects to which they are explicitly granted access, thus hiding all other internal or private ones from them. Access can be granted by adding the user as member to the project or group.
They will, like usual users, receive a role in the project or group with all the abilities that are mentioned in the table above. They cannot however create groups or projects, and they have the same access as logged out users in all other cases.
An administrator can flag a user as external through the API or by checking the checkbox on the admin panel. As an administrator, navigate to Admin > Users to create a new user or edit an existing one. There, you will find the option to flag the user as external.
By default new users are not set as external users. This behavior can be changed by an administrator under Admin > Application Settings.
Project features like wiki and issues can be hidden from users depending on which visibility level you select on project settings.
- Disabled: disabled for everyone
- Only team members: only team members will see even if your project is public or internal
- Everyone with access: everyone can see depending on your project visibility level
GitLab CI permissions rely on the role the user has in GitLab. There are four permission levels it total:
The admin user can perform any action on GitLab CI in scope of the GitLab
instance and project. In addition, all admins can use the admin interface under
|See commits and builds||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Retry or cancel build||✓||✓||✓|
|Change project configuration||✓||✓|
|Add specific runners||✓||✓|
|Add shared runners||✓|
|See events in the system||✓|
Note: GitLab 8.12 has a completely redesigned build permissions system. Read all about the new model and its implications.
This table shows granted privileges for builds triggered by specific types of users:
|Run CI build||✓||✓||✓|
|Clone source and LFS from current project||✓||✓||✓|
|Clone source and LFS from public projects||✓||✓||✓|
|Clone source and LFS from internal projects||✓ 3||✓ 3||✓|
|Clone source and LFS from private projects||✓ 4||✓ 4||✓ 4|
|Push source and LFS|
|Pull container images from current project||✓||✓||✓|
|Pull container images from public projects||✓||✓||✓|
|Pull container images from internal projects||✓ 3||✓ 3||✓|
|Pull container images from private projects||✓ 4||✓ 4||✓ 4|
|Push container images to current project||✓||✓||✓|
|Push container images to other projects|