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Type of site
Git-repository hosting service
Collaborative revision control
Available in English
Headquarters San Francisco, United States
Area served Worldwide
Owner GitLab Inc.
Key people
Industry Software
Employees 274[1]
Alexa rank Increase 2,438 (Apr 2018)[2]
Commercial Yes
Registration Optional
Launched 2011; 7 years ago (2011)
Current status Online
Content license
Written in Ruby, Go and Vue.js
GitLab (Community Edition)
Stable release
11.0.0 / June 22, 2018; 23 days ago (2018-06-22)[4]
Written in Ruby
Operating system Cross-platform

GitLab is a web-based Git-repository manager with wiki and issue-tracking features, using an open-source license, developed by GitLab Inc.

The software was written by Dmitriy Zaporozhets and Valery Sizov. As of December 2016, the company has 150 team members[5] and more than 1,400 open-source contributors.[6] It is used by organisations such as IBM, Sony, Jülich Research Center, NASA, Alibaba, Invincea, O’Reilly Media, Leibniz-Rechenzentrum (LRZ), CERN[7][8][9], European XFEL, GNOME Foundation and SpaceX.[10]

The code was originally written in Ruby, with some parts later rewritten in Go.


  • Originally, the product was named GitLab and was fully free and open-source software distributed under the MIT License.[11]
  • In July 2013,[12] the product was split:
    • GitLab CE: Community Edition
    • GitLab EE: Enterprise Edition
      At that time, the license of GitLab CE and GitLab EE remained free and open-source software distributed under the MIT License.
  • In February 2014, GitLab announced[13] adoption of an open-core business model. GitLab EE is set under a proprietary license, and contains features not present in the CE version.[14]
  • In March 2015, GitLab acquired Gitorious, a competing Git hosting service. Eventually, the users were encouraged to move to GitLab.
  • In July 2015, the company raised an additional $1.5 million in seed funding.[15] Customers as of 2015 included Alibaba Group, IBM, and SpaceX.[15]
  • In September 2015, GitLab raised $4 million in Series A funding from Khosla Ventures.[16]
  • In July 2016, the GitLab CEO confirmed the open-core business model of the company.[17]
  • In September 2016, GitLab raised $20 million in Series B funding from August Capital and others.[18]
  • In January 2017, a database administrator accidentally deleted the production database, in the aftermath of a cyber attack. Six hours worth of issue and merge request data was lost.[19]
  • On March 15, 2017, GitLab announced the acquisition of Gitter. Included in the announcement was the stated intent that Gitter would continue as a standalone project. Additionally, GitLab announced that the code would become open source under an MIT License no later than June 2017.[20]
  • In October, 2017, GitLab raised $20 million in Series C funding from GV and others.[21]
  • In May 2018, GNOME moved to GitLab with over 400 Projects and 900 Contributors.[22][23]
  • On 4 June 2018, GitHub was acquired by Microsoft[24][25]. The same day many projects imported to GitLab.[26]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "GitLab Team". 
  2. ^ " Alexa Ranking". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "GitLab Community Edition LICENSE file". 
  4. ^ "GitLab 11.0 released with Auto DevOps and License Management". 
  5. ^ "GitLab Team Page". GitLab. Retrieved 17 Dec 2016. 
  6. ^ "GitLab Contributors". Retrieved 17 Dec 2016. 
  7. ^ Degeler, Andrii (4 June 2014). "GitLab is building a business with 0.1% of paying customers". The Next Web. 
  8. ^ CERN. "Services - CERN or commercial provider?". 
  9. ^ "Services - GitLab". 
  10. ^ "Y Combinator-backed GitHub competitor GitLab raises $1.5M". VentureBeat. 2015-07-09. Retrieved 2018-06-06. 
  11. ^ Olanoff, Drew (13 October 2011). "Ship it faster and cheaper - GitLab is GitHub for your own servers - The Next Web". The Next Web. 
  12. ^ "GitLab - Announcing GitLab 6.0 Enterprise Edition". 
  13. ^ "GitLab - GitLab Enterprise Edition license change". 
  14. ^ "GitLab - Features". 
  15. ^ a b Novet, Jordan. "Y Combinator-backed GitHub competitor GitLab raises $1.5M". VentureBeat. 
  16. ^ "GitLab Raises $4M Series A Round From Khosla Ventures". TechCrunch. Retrieved 17 Dec 2016. 
  17. ^ "Building an Open Source Company: Interview with GitLab's CEO". GitLab. Retrieved 2018-06-06. 
  18. ^ Miller, Ron. "GitLab secures $20 million Series B". TechCrunch. Retrieved 3 Nov 2016. 
  19. ^ " Database Incident". Retrieved 1 Feb 2017. 
  20. ^ "Gitter is joining the GitLab team". GitLab. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  21. ^ "Announcing $20 million in Series C round funding led by GV to complete DevOps". GitLab. 
  22. ^ "GNOME, welcome to GitLab!". GitLab. Retrieved 2018-06-06. 
  23. ^ "GNOME moves to Gitlab – GNOME". Retrieved 2018-06-06. 
  24. ^ defunkt (2018-06-04). "A bright future for GitHub". The GitHub Blog. Retrieved 2018-06-06. 
  25. ^ "Microsoft + GitHub = Empowering Developers - The Official Microsoft Blog". The Official Microsoft Blog. 2018-06-04. Retrieved 2018-06-06. 
  26. ^ " Status on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-06-06. 

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