GitLab-CE Installation


Install necessary packages :

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

And for sending e-mails from GitLab :

sudo apt-get install -y postfix

gitlab-ce package installation

Execute repo configuration from GitLab :

curl -sS | sudo bash

Installing GitLab-CE

sudo EXTERNAL_URL="" apt-get install gitlab-ce

warning Replace with the (sub)domain you want to.

If you try to access you will have 404 error cause GitLab’s default conf doesn’t use nginx

Configuring GitLab-CE

To make GitLab running behind our nginx installation you need to add some config to disable some GitLab services. To do so edit the /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb and add the following at the end of the file.

nginx['enable'] = false
web_server['external_users'] = ['www-data']
gitlab_rails['trusted_proxies'] = [IPV4, IPV6]

Replace IPV4 & IPV6 by your addresses

And reconfigure GitLab by executing sudo gitlab-ctl reconfigure.

Configuring nginx

You need to add a vhost to nginx who will use GitLab.

sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/gitlab

And insert :

upstream gitlab-workhorse {
  server unix:/var/opt/gitlab/gitlab-workhorse/socket;

## Normal HTTP host
server {

  ## Replace this with something like

  ## Don't show the nginx version number, a security best practice
  server_tokens off;

  root /opt/gitlab/embedded/service/gitlab-rails/public;

  ## Individual nginx logs for this GitLab vhost
  access_log  /var/log/nginx/gitlab_access.log;
  error_log   /var/log/nginx/gitlab_error.log;

  location / {
    client_max_body_size 0;
    gzip off;

    proxy_read_timeout      300;
    proxy_connect_timeout   300;
    proxy_redirect          off;

    proxy_http_version 1.1;

    proxy_set_header    Host                $http_host;
    proxy_set_header    X-Real-IP           $remote_addr;
    proxy_set_header    X-Forwarded-For     $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
    proxy_set_header    X-Forwarded-Proto   $scheme;

    proxy_pass http://gitlab-workhorse;

Enable the vhost :

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/gitlab /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/gitlab

Make sure config is good by running

sudo nginx -t


sudo service nginx reload

Finally you can access where GitLab will invite you to enter root user password

That’s all folks !

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