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This page contains SRE related topics for GitLab. For GitLab application-specific information, user documentation, and policy, please see mw:GitLab on

GitLab is reachable at We run multiple instances of GitLab:

GitLab instances

gitlab1003, gitlab1004 and test instance gitlab-prod-1001 are setup using puppet. The configuration currently lives in profile::gitlab. Former configuration from gitlab-ansible was migrated completely to puppet (see T283076). GitLab is installed as a Omnibus installation on all instances. So all GitLab components are installed using the official packages and are executed on a single host. The reasons for this setup can be found in the Initialization docs in Mediawiki.

GitLab login is implemented with SSO using the CAS/SSO. So users will be redirected to ( on WMCS/VPS) to login to the SSO portal. Authentication is currently open to all users with a Wikimedia developer account for the production instance. Access to the replica and test instance is restricted to WMF/NDA groups.

GitLab runners

GitLab offers CI/CD capabilities. For our current and Runner documentation, see GitLab/Gitlab Runner.

Network topology

GitLab hosts (production and replica) are running in eqiad/codfw datacenter. Each hosts have two public IPv4 and two public IPv6 addresses. The first address pair is used for general access to the machine (mostly ssh and system monitoring). The second address pair is needed to run a dedicated SSH daemon (for git pull and push) independent from the existing management SSH daemon. Furthermore the second address is used to serve https traffic without LVS. This ensures that GitLab (thus deployments and rollbacks) is independent from LVS. The second address pair is called "service address" or service_ip sometimes in puppet/docs.

The primary address is not required to be public, but due to networking conventions one private and one public IP/VLAN is not encouraged currently (see T310265).

GitLab Runner machines have a single, private IPv4 and IPv6 address only. Some (Trusted) Runners are running in eqiad/codfw datacenter, other Runners are in WMCS gitlab-runners project.

SSH fingerprints

See Help:SSH_Fingerprints/ for an overview of all fingerprints at once.

Each gitlab server has 4 IPs on the same network interface (see above). One IPv4 and one IPv6 is used for the standard sshd that admins use to connect to the individual backend ( and one IPv4 and IPv6 is used for the service address (

If you connect to the service as a user you _should_ expect to see the one for the service IP but currently you will see the one for the backend you are connecting to. Currently this is gitlab1004 but it could change when we switch data centers or fail over.

We are looking into getting a new configuration option into gitlab upstream to properly fix this. Meanwhile you can find fingerprints linked on Help:SSH_Fingerprints/

also see the status of this ticket: phab:T296944

How to create or migrate a repo / group / project

See mw:GitLab/Hosting a project on GitLab for full user documentation.


  • phab:T274459 (VM creation request)
  • phab:T296944 (Self-reported GitLab SSH host key fingerprints don’t appear to match actual host key fingerprints)
  • phab:T295481 (Setup GitLab Runner in trusted environment)