Want to get your first own GitLab instance running? We're here to help!
This is what you need to do:
It's a good time to want to have a VM. You can get one cheap and easily from:
If it's just for you, almost any size will do. We recommend to get a VM with 2 cores and 2GB of memory. It can handle you and all your friends.
DigitalOcean is particularly nice to use and even has a one-click install for GitLab, which bypasses this tutorial completely!
If you have the option to set the domain name in the process, set it to the domain where you want your GitLab domain to be.
You can create a VM with any of the supported OS's, but if you have no preference, use Ubuntu 14.04 x64.
Create the VM and take note of the assigned IP for your domain.
At the place you bought your domain name, you want to point your GitLab domain to the IP address you noted.
Create an A-Type record set with the GitLab domain as name and the IP address as value.
That may sound arcane, but most domain-resellers make it quite easy.
In my case, I'm pointing
18.104.22.168 (IP) to
Go into your new VM by pointing your terminal to your new domain:
If you're using DigitalOcean, you can also use their web console.
Next, install Postfix:
sudo apt-get install postfix
Internet site. Just keep hitting ENTER. The defaults will work.
Download and unpack GitLab! We're getting GitLab 7.8.0 Community Edition. It comes together with GitLab CI 7.8.0 and is full of awesomeness.
wget https://downloads-packages.s3.amazonaws.com/ubuntu-14.04/gitlab_7.8.0-omnibus-1_amd64.deb sudo dpkg -i gitlab_7.8.0-omnibus-1_amd64.deb
Configure and start GitLab:
sudo gitlab-ctl reconfigure
Go to your domain and sign in! Use these credentials for the first time:
Username: root Password: 5iveL!fe