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Gitlab is a Ruby wrapper and CLI for the GitLab API.


Install it from rubygems:

gem install gitlab

Or add to a Gemfile:

gem 'gitlab'
# gem 'gitlab', github: 'NARKOZ/gitlab'

Mac OS users can install using Homebrew (may not be the latest version):

brew install gitlab-gem


Configuration example:

Gitlab.configure do |config|
  config.endpoint       = '' # API endpoint URL, default: ENV['GITLAB_API_ENDPOINT'] and falls back to ENV['CI_API_V4_URL']
  config.private_token  = 'qEsq1pt6HJPaNciie3MG'       # user's private token or OAuth2 access token, default: ENV['GITLAB_API_PRIVATE_TOKEN']
  # Optional
  # config.user_agent   = 'Custom User Agent'          # user agent, default: 'Gitlab Ruby Gem [version]'
  # config.sudo         = 'user'                       # username for sudo mode, default: nil

(Note: If you are using's hosted service, your endpoint will be

Usage examples:

# set an API endpoint
Gitlab.endpoint = ''
# => ""

# set a user private token
Gitlab.private_token = 'qEsq1pt6HJPaNciie3MG'
# => "qEsq1pt6HJPaNciie3MG"

# configure a proxy server
Gitlab.http_proxy('proxyhost', 8888)
# proxy server with basic auth
Gitlab.http_proxy('proxyhost', 8888, 'proxyuser', 'strongpasswordhere')
# set timeout for responses
ENV['GITLAB_API_HTTPARTY_OPTIONS'] = '{read_timeout: 60}'

# list projects
Gitlab.projects(per_page: 5)
# => [#<Gitlab::ObjectifiedHash:0x000000023326e0 @data={"id"=>1, "code"=>"brute", "name"=>"Brute", "description"=>nil, "path"=>"brute", "default_branch"=>nil, "owner"=>#<Gitlab::ObjectifiedHash:0x00000002331600 @data={"id"=>1, "email"=>"", "name"=>"John Smith", "blocked"=>false, "created_at"=>"2012-09-17T09:41:56Z"}>, "private"=>true, "issues_enabled"=>true, "merge_requests_enabled"=>true, "wall_enabled"=>true, "wiki_enabled"=>true, "created_at"=>"2012-09-17T09:41:56Z"}>, #<Gitlab::ObjectifiedHash:0x000000023450d8 @data={"id"=>2, "code"=>"mozart", "name"=>"Mozart", "description"=>nil, "path"=>"mozart", "default_branch"=>nil, "owner"=>#<Gitlab::ObjectifiedHash:0x00000002344ca0 @data={"id"=>1, "email"=>"", "name"=>"John Smith", "blocked"=>false, "created_at"=>"2012-09-17T09:41:56Z"}>, "private"=>true, "issues_enabled"=>true, "merge_requests_enabled"=>true, "wall_enabled"=>true, "wiki_enabled"=>true, "created_at"=>"2012-09-17T09:41:57Z"}>, #<Gitlab::ObjectifiedHash:0x00000002344958 @data={"id"=>3, "code"=>"gitlab", "name"=>"Gitlab", "description"=>nil, "path"=>"gitlab", "default_branch"=>nil, "owner"=>#<Gitlab::ObjectifiedHash:0x000000023447a0 @data={"id"=>1, "email"=>"", "name"=>"John Smith", "blocked"=>false, "created_at"=>"2012-09-17T09:41:56Z"}>, "private"=>true, "issues_enabled"=>true, "merge_requests_enabled"=>true, "wall_enabled"=>true, "wiki_enabled"=>true, "created_at"=>"2012-09-17T09:41:58Z"}>]

# initialize a new client with custom headers
g = Gitlab.client(
  endpoint: '',
  private_token: 'qEsq1pt6HJPaNciie3MG',
  httparty: {
    headers: { 'Cookie' => 'gitlab_canary=true' }
# => #<Gitlab::Client:0x00000001e62408 @endpoint="", @private_token="qEsq1pt6HJPaNciie3MG", @user_agent="Gitlab Ruby Gem 2.0.0">

# get a user
user = g.user
# => #<Gitlab::ObjectifiedHash:0x00000002217990 @data={"id"=>1, "email"=>"", "name"=>"John Smith", "bio"=>nil, "skype"=>"", "linkedin"=>"", "twitter"=>"john", "dark_scheme"=>false, "theme_id"=>1, "blocked"=>false, "created_at"=>"2012-09-17T09:41:56Z"}>

# get a user's email
# => ""

# set a sudo mode to perform API calls as another user
Gitlab.sudo = 'other_user'
# => "other_user"

# disable a sudo mode
Gitlab.sudo = nil
# => nil

# set the private token to an empty string to make unauthenticated API requests
Gitlab.private_token = ''
# => ""

# a paginated response
projects = Gitlab.projects(per_page: 5)

# check existence of the next page

# retrieve the next page

# iterate all projects
projects.auto_paginate do |project|
  # do something

# retrieve all projects as an array

For more information, refer to documentation.


It is possible to use this gem as a command line interface to GitLab. In order to make that work you need to set a few environment variables:

export GITLAB_API_PRIVATE_TOKEN=<your private token from /profile/personal_access_tokens>

# This one is optional and can be used to set any HTTParty option you may need
# using YAML hash syntax. For example, this is how you would disable SSL
# verification (useful if using a self-signed cert).
export GITLAB_API_HTTPARTY_OPTIONS="{verify: false}"


When you want to know which CLI commands are supported, take a look at the client commands implemented in this gem. Any of those methods can be called as a command by passing the parameters of the commands as parameters of the CLI.

Usage examples:

# list users
# see:
gitlab users

# get current user
# see:
gitlab user

# get a user
# see:
gitlab user 2

# filter output
gitlab user --only=id,username

gitlab user --except=email,bio

# get a user and render result as json
gitlab user 2 --json

# passing options hash to a command (use YAML)
# see:
gitlab create_merge_request 4 "New merge request" "{source_branch: 'new_branch', target_branch: 'master', assignee_id: 42}"

CLI Shell

Usage examples:

# start shell session
gitlab shell

# list available commands
gitlab> help

# list groups
gitlab> groups

# protect a branch
gitlab> protect_branch 1 master

# passing options hash to a command (use YAML)
gitlab> create_merge_request 4 "New merge request" "{source_branch: 'new_branch', target_branch: 'master', assignee_id: 42}"

Web version is available at
For more information, refer to website.


With a dockerized GitLab instance

docker-compose up -d gitlab # Will start the GitLab instance in the background (approx. 3 minutes)

After a while, your GitLab instance will be accessible on http://localhost:3000.

Once you have set your new root password, you can login with the root user.

You can now setup a personal access token here: http://localhost:3000/profile/personal_access_tokens

Once you have your token, set the variables to the correct values in the docker.env file.

Then, launch the tool:

docker-compose run app
=> [#<Gitlab::ObjectifiedHash:47231290771040 {hash: {"id"=>1, "name"=>"Administrator", "username"=>"root", ...]

To launch the specs:

docker-compose run app rake spec

Want to use GitLab Enterprise?

Just change the image from gitlab/gitlab-ce:latest to gitlab/gitlab-ee:latest in the docker-compose.yml file.

With an external GitLab instance

First, set the variables to the correct values in the docker.env file.

Then, launch the tool:

docker-compose run app
=> [#<Gitlab::ObjectifiedHash:47231290771040 {hash: {"id"=>1, "name"=>"Administrator", "username"=>"root", ...]

To launch the specs,

docker-compose run app rake spec

Without Docker

After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake spec to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

For more information see


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