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GitLab Inc.
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Type of site
Available inEnglish
Traded asNasdaqGTLB[2]
Area servedWorldwide
OwnerGitLab Inc.
  • Dmytro Zaporozhets
  • Sytse "Sid" Sijbrandij
Key people
RevenueIncrease US$424.3 million (2022)[3]
Operating incomeDecrease US$−211.4 million (2022)[3]
Net incomeDecrease US$−172.3 million (2022)[3]
Total assetsIncrease US$1.169 billion (2022)[3]
Total equityDecrease US$771.0 million (2022)[3]
Employees1,630 (January 2022)[4] Edit this at Wikidata
Launched2014; 9 years ago (2014)[5]
Current statusOnline
Written inRuby, Go and Vue.js
GitLab Application
Initial release2011; 12 years ago (2011)
Stable release
15.9.3[6] Edit this on Wikidata / 9 March 2023; 13 days ago (9 March 2023)
Written inRuby, Go and JavaScript
Operating systemCross-platform
Platformx86-64, ARMhf
LicenseCommunity Edition: MIT License and other free software licenses[7]
Enterprise Edition: Source-available proprietary software[7][8] Edit this on Wikidata

GitLab Inc. is an open-core company that operates GitLab, a DevOps software package which can develop, secure, and operate software.[9] The open source software project was created by Ukrainian developer Dmytro Zaporozhets and Dutch developer Sytse Sijbrandij.[10] In 2018, GitLab Inc. was considered the first partly-Ukrainian unicorn.[11][12]

Since its foundation, GitLab Inc. promoted remote work,[13] and is known to be among the largest all-remote companies in the world.[14] GitLab has an estimated 30 million registered users, with 1 million being active licensed users.[9][15]


GitLab Inc. was established in 2014 to continue the development of the open-source code-sharing platform launched in 2011 by Dmytro Zaporozhets. The company's other co-founder Sytse Sijbrandij initially contributed to the project and, by 2012, decided to build a business around it.[16][17] GitLab offers its platform as a freemium.[16] Since its foundation, GitLab Inc. has been an all-remote company. By 2020, the company employed 1300 people in 65 countries.[13][18]

Until 2019, the company used a no-vetting policy for customers (except when required by law) and banned political discussions in the workplace but relaxed the restrictions in response to criticism.[19][20]


The company participated in the Y Combinator seed accelerator Winter 2015 program. By 2015 notable customers included Alibaba Group and IBM.[17]

During January of 2017, a database administrator accidentally deleted the production database in the aftermath of a cyber attack, causing the loss of a substantial amount of issue and merge request data.[21] The recovery process was live-streamed on YouTube.[22][23]

In April 2018, GitLab Inc. announced integration with Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) to simplify the process of spinning up a new cluster to deploy applications.[24]

In May 2018, GNOME moved to GitLab with over 400 projects and 900 contributors.[25][26]

On August 1, 2018, GitLab Inc. started development of Meltano.[27]

On August 11, 2018, GitLab Inc. moved from Microsoft Azure to Google Cloud Platform, making the service inaccessible to users in several regions including: Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria, due to sanctions imposed by Office of Foreign Assets Control of the United States.[28] In order to overcome this issue, the non-profit organisation Framasoft provides a Debian mirror to make GitLab CE available in those countries.[29]

In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GitLab Inc. released its Guide to All-Remote and a course on remote management to aid companies in building all-remote work cultures.[30][31]

April 2020 saw the expansion of GitLab Inc. into the Australian and Japanese markets.[32][33] In November that same year, GitLab Inc. was valued at more than $6 billion in a secondary market evaluation.[34]

In 2021, OMERS participated in a secondary shares investment in GitLab Inc.[35]

On June 2, 2021, GitLab Inc. also acquired UnReview, a tool that automates software review cycles.[36]

On March 18, 2021, GitLab Inc. licensed its technology to Chinese company JiHu.[37]

On June 30, 2021, GitLab Inc. spun out Meltano, an open source ELT platform.[38]

On July 23, 2021, GitLab Inc. open-sourced Package Hunter, a Falco-based tool that detects malicious code.[39]

On August 4, 2022, GitLab's plans to change its Data Retention Policy and automatically delete inactive repositories that have not been modified for a year became public. As a result, in the following days GitLab received much criticism from the open source community.[40] Shortly after, it was announced that dormant projects would not be deleted, and would instead remain accessible in an archived state, potentially using a slower type of storage.[41][42]


GitLab Inc. initially raised $1.5 million in seed funding.[17]

Subsequent funding rounds include:

  • September 2015 - $4 million in Series A funding from Khosla Ventures.[43]
  • September 2016 - $20 million in Series B funding from August Capital and others.[44]
  • October 2016 - $20 million in Series C funding from GV and others.[45]
  • September 19, 2018 - $100 million in Series D-round funding led by ICONIQ Capital.
  • 2019 - $268 million in Series E-round funding led by Goldman Sachs and ICONIQ Capital at a valuation of $2.7 billion.[46][47]


On September 17, 2021, GitLab Inc. publicly filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to the proposed initial public offering of its Class A common stock.[48] The firm began trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker "GTLB" on October 14, 2021.[49]


GitLab Forge was officially adopted in 2023 by the French ministry for education to create a "Digital Educational Commons" of educational resources.[50]


In March 2015, GitLab Inc. acquired Gitorious, a competing Git hosting service.[51] Gitorious had at the time around 822,000 registered users.[51] Users were encouraged to move to GitLab, and the Gitorious service was discontinued in June 2015.[51]

On March 15, 2017, GitLab Inc. announced the acquisition of Gitter.[52] Included in the announcement was the stated intent that Gitter would continue as a standalone project. Additionally, GitLab Inc. announced that the code would become open source under an MIT License no later than June 2017.[53]

In January 2018, GitLab Inc. acquired Gemnasium, a service that provided security scanners with alerts for known security vulnerabilities in open-source libraries of various languages.[54] The service was scheduled for complete shut-down on May 15. Gemnasium features and technology was integrated into GitLab EE and as part of CI/CD.[55]

On June 11, 2020, GitLab Inc. acquired Peach Tech, a security software firm specializing in protocol fuzz testing, and Fuzzit.[56]

On December 14, 2021, GitLab Inc. announced that it had acquired Opstrace, Inc., developers of an open source software monitoring and observability distribution.[57]

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