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GitLab Quick Start Guide

By : Adam O'Grady
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GitLab Quick Start Guide

By: Adam O'Grady

Overview of this book

Gitlab is an open source repository management and version control toolkit with an enterprise offering. This book is the ideal guide to GitLab as a version control system (VCS), issue management tool, and a continuous integration platform. The book starts with an introduction to GitLab, a walkthrough of its features, and explores concepts such as version control systems, continuous integration, and continuous deployment. It then takes you through the process of downloading and installing a local copy of the on-premise version of GitLab in Ubuntu and/or CentOS. You will look at some common work?ows associated with GitLab work?ow and learn about project management in GitLab. You will see tools and techniques for migrating your code base from various version control systems such as GitHub and SVN to GitLab. By the end of the book, you will be using Gitlab for repository management, and be able to migrate projects from other VCSs to GitLab.
Table of Contents (10 chapters)

To get the most out of this book

I recommend having a computer nearby while reading this book so that you can explore the user interface options in GitLab as you go. While knowledge of PHP isn't a prerequisite, it is used in the example project, so passing familiarity is handy. If you've used other object-oriented programming languages before it'll mostly make sense.

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Conventions used

There are a number of text conventions used throughout this book.

CodeInText: Indicates code words in text, database table names, folder names, filenames, file extensions, pathnames, dummy URLs, user input, and Twitter handles. Here is an example: "Firstly we need to update the external_url value in our /etc/gitlab
file to reference HTTPS."

A block of code is set as follows:

namespace Judges119\Monolog\Formatter;
use Monolog\Formatter\FormatterInterface;
class ROT13Formatter implements FormatterInterface
public function format(array $record)
return str_rot13($record['message']);
public function formatBatch(array $records)
foreach ($records as $key => $record) {
$records[$key] = $this->format($record);
return $records;

Any command-line input or output is written as follows:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y curl openssh-server ca-certificates

Bold: Indicates a new term, an important word, or words that you see onscreen. For example, words in menus or dialog boxes appear in the text like this. Here is an example: "The last section of interest to us is Environments. By clicking on Operations | Environments through the menu on the left "

Warnings or important notes appear like this.
Tips and tricks appear like this.