This page describes the direction and roadmap for GitLab. It's organized from the short to the long term.
GitLab's direction is determined by GitLab the company, and the code that is sent by our contributors. We continually merge code to be released in the next version. Contributing is the best way to get a feature you want included.
On our issue tracker for CE and EE, many requests are made for features and changes to GitLab. Issues with the Accepting Merge Requests label are pre-approved as something we're willing to add to GitLab. Of course, before any code is merged it still has to meet our contribution acceptance criteria.
As a company, GitLab tries to make things that are useful for our customers as well as ourselves. After all, GitLab is one of the biggest users of GitLab. If a customer requests a feature, it carries extra weight. Due to our short release cycle, we can ship simple feature requests, such as an API extension, within one or two months.
On our release list page you can find an overview of the most important features of recent releases and links to the blog posts for each release.
GitLab releases a new version every single month on the 22nd. Note that we often move things around, do things that are not listed, and cancel things that are listed.
This page is always in draft, meaning some of the things here might not ever be in GitLab. New premium features are indicated with "EE Premium" label. This is our best estimate of what will be new premium features, but is in no way definitive.
The list is an outline of tentpole features – the most important features of upcoming releases – and doesn't include any contributions from volunteers outside the company. This is not an authoritative list of upcoming releases - it only reflects current milestones.
dependenciesto .gitlab-ci.yml EE Premium
.gitlab-ci.yml(EE only?) EE Premium
Starter features are available to anyone with an Enterprise Edition subscription (Starter, Premium, Ultimate).
Premium features will only be available to EE Premium (and in the future: Ultimate) subscribers.
dependenciesto .gitlab-ci.yml Next 2-3 months
.gitlab-ci.yml(EE only?) Next 3-6 months
Ultimate features will only be available EE Ultimate subscribers. Enterprise Edition Ultimate is not yet available.
Below are features that represent the various functional areas we see GitLab going in. This list is not prioritized. We invite everyone to join the discussion by clicking on the items that are of interest to you. Feel free to comment, vote up or down any issue or just follow the conversation. For GitLab sales, please add a link to the account in Salesforce.com that has expressed interest in a wishlist feature. We very much welcome contributions that implement any of these things.
No current issues
GitLab is the engine that powers many companies' software businesses so it is important to ensure it is as easy as possible to deploy, maintain, and stay up to date.
Today we have a mature and easy to use Omnibus based build system, which is the foundation for nearly all methods of deploying GitLab. It includes everything a customer needs to run GitLab all in a single package, and is great for installing on virtual machines or real hardware. We are committed to making our package easier to work with, highly available, as well as offering automated deployments on cloud providers like AWS.
We also want GitLab to be the best cloud native development tool, and offering a great cloud native deployment is a key part of that. We are focused on offering a flexible and scalable container based deployment on Kubernetes, by using enterprise grade Helm Charts.
No current issues
We want to help developers get their code into production; providing convenience and confidence to the developer in an integrated way. CI/CD focuses on steps 6 through 9 of our scope: Test (CI), part of Review (MR), Staging (CD), and part of Production (Chatops). When viewed through the CI/CD lens, we can group the scope into CI, CD, and things that are currently beyond any definition of CD.
We define our vision as “Auto DevOps”: leveraging our integrated set of tools, it is simple to assist users in every phase of the development process, implementing automatic tasks that can be customized and refined to get the best fit for their needs. Our idea is that the future will have “auto CI” to compile and test software based on best practices for the most common languages and frameworks, “auto review” with the help of automatic analysis tools like Code Climate, “auto deploy” based on Review Apps and incremental rollouts on Kubernetes clusters, and “auto metrics” to collect statistical data from all the previous steps in order to guarantee performances and optimization of the whole process. Dependencies and artifacts will be first-class citizens in this world: everything must be fully reproducible at any given time, and fully connected as part of the great GitLab experience.
Many of the issues describe development of an n-tier web app, but could equally be applied to an iOS app, Ruby gem, static website, or other type of project.
See a slightly more complete rendering of an example pipeline.
GitLab CI provides an explicit
build stage and the concept of build artifacts, but we might need to separate out the build artifacts from test artifacts. For example, you might want your test runner to create a JUnit-style output file which is available for external consumption, but not included in the build image sent to production. Creation of an explicit build aligns well with Docker where the result of the build stage is a Docker image which is stored in a registry and later pulled for testing and deployment.
parallelkeyword to split CI tests
A key part of CD is being able to deploy. We currently have this ability via scripts in the
deploy stage in
.gitlab-ci.yml. We will go further.
What's the difference between Deploy and Deliver? There's a big benefit to decoupling deployment of code from delivery of a feature, mostly using feature flags. Continuous integration helps improve the speed of development, but feature flags take it to another level, giving you the confidence to integrate code even more often while providing a gradual and granular method for delivery.
No current issues
Moonshots are big hairy audacious goals that may take a long time to deliver.
Our vision is an integrated set of tools for application lifecycle management based on convention over configuration. To achieve this we ship the following features in our Omnibus package:
Also see our demo.
Today you can create an entire product successfully in GitLab, from idea to production. But you still need domain-specific knowledge to be able to set this up and then maintain, monitor and scale this application.
GitLab provides an integrated product for teams of any size with any kind of projects to move faster from idea to production, while giving you actionable feedback, and making shipping products simple.
GitLab's product is opinionated, but still allows you to use other tools if you like to do so. GitLab plays well with others.
GitLab is an integrated set of tools for conversational development. A single integrated tool has many advantages over separate components:
GitLab does not require you to manage authentication and authorizations for each of its tools. This means that you set permissions once and everyone in your organisation has the right access to every component. Plus, it's never necessary to mess around with authentication between components, unlike when you're using separate components.
A single interface for all tools means that GitLab can always present the relevant context and you're not losing information due to constant context switching. Furthermore, if you're comfortable with one part of GitLab, you're comfortable with all of GitLab, as it all builds on the same interface components.
Updating GitLab means that everything is guarenteed to work as it did before. Maintaining separate components is often complicated by upgrades that change or break integration points, essentially breaking your software delivery pipeline. This will never happen with GitLab.
Everything you do in your software delivery pipeline needs to be highly available, backed up and manageable. GitLab uses a single datastore for all its tools. This means that there are less components to maintain, scale, update, backup and secure.
Conversational development carries a conversation across functional groups through the application lifecycle management, involving gatekeepers at every step. By providing relevant context, a feature that is only possible with an integrated solution like GitLab, we can reduce cycle time, making it easier to diagnose problems and make decisions.
Concretely, conversational development in GitLab means that a change can be easily followed from inception to the changes it made in performance and business metrics and feeding this information back to all stakeholders immediately.
Effectively, this allows cross-functional teams to collaborate effectively.
Review apps are the future of change review. They allow you to review not just the code, but the actual changes in a live environment. This means one no longer has to check out code locally to verify changes in a development environment, but you simply click on the environment link and try things out.
Only a tool that combines code review with CI/CD pipelines and integration with container schedulers (Kubernetes) is able to quickly create and shut down review apps and make them part of the review process.
Cycle analytics tell you how what your time to value, from idea to production is. Only by having direct access to each step in the software development lifecyle, GitLab can give actionable data on time to value.
This means you can see where you are lagging and make meaningful change to ship faster.
An integrated product has unique, emergent benefits. Among them:
GitLab contains all tools needed to bring any project from the ideation stage up to running in production and giving feedback. This includes repositories, issue tracking, CI, CD, monitoring, chat and more. GitLab focuses on lowering the threshold between each step, so that working on a project means focusing on collaboration and not on learning new tools.
GitLab plays well with others. To allow everyone to contribute, it's important that there is only one place where you'll have to look, even if you need to use external tools that are not part of GitLab. For this reason, GitLab plays well with others: Providing APIs for nearly everything you can do within GitLab and powerful, simple authentication and authorization tools for external integrations.
GitLab ships with built-in integrations to many popular applications.
GitLab is the tool for anyone working on software in any form.
Software projects are often more than single repositories. GitLab will evolve from being focused around single repositories towards being able to accommodate software projects that consist of multiple repositories.
Starting a project from scratch makes it easy to do everything through GitLab and well integrated. But existing / migrated / legacy projects should benefit from the same features that GitLab offers. GitLab will offer the tools to help you integrate, setup and improve your projects with the tools we have at offer. A concrete example is setting up review apps: everyone would benefit from this. GitLab will give you all the handles to set this up. It should not be required to dive deep in the documentation to discover features like this.
Going from idea to production is not a matter of just code anymore. Modern products work with elaborate mockups and designs both in ideation, but also in production. Whether you’re working on assets in a game or working on the design of a new website, GitLab will allow you to collaborate on your work as a programmer would on their code.
Deployments should never be fire and forget. GitLab will give you immediate feedback on every deployment on any scale. This means that GitLab can tell you whether performance has improved on the application level, but also whether business metrics have changed.
Concretely, we can split up monitoring and feedback efforts within GitLab in three distinct areas: execution (cycle analytics), business and system feedback.
With the power of monitoring and an integrated approach, we have the ability to do amazing things within GitLab. GitLab will be able to automatically test commits and versions through feature flags and A/B testing.
Business feedback exists on different levels:
Long term: how do larger efforts relate to changes in conversations, engagement, revenue
We can now go beyond CI and CD. GitLab will able to tell you whether a change improved performance or stability. Because it will have access to both historical data on performance and code, it can show you the impact of any particular change at any time.
System feedback happens over different time windows:
Medium-Long term: did a particular effort influence system status
GitLab is able to speed up cycle time for any project. To provide feedback on cycle time GitLab will continue to expand cycle analytics so that it not only shows you what is slow, it’ll help you speed up with concrete, clickable suggestions.
GitLab is built to work for teams of any size. By yourself, it gets out of your way and lets you quickly push you work and track your progress.
With a small team, you can easily communicate and quickly move through the otherwise time-intensive steps of bringing a creation to production, with infrastructure as code, a flexible issue tracker and very permissive defaults.
Large teams of thousands of collaborators working on complex projects can easily manage permissions. Automatic and batch actions for getting rolling quickly, up to fine-grained overrides to give certain users specific actions, temporary if needed.
Teams working with external collaborators will find it easy and safe to allow collaborators to work together with them in the same place as the rest of their work, while securing what is not to be shared.
Open source initiatives can use GitLab to effectively collaborate with a community, while having the moderation tools to keep the project clean and focused.
GitLab comes in 3 editions, with Ultimate coming in the future:
To make sure our goals are clearly defined and aligned throughout the organization, we make use of OKR's (Objective Key Results). Our quarterly Objectives and Key Results are publicly viewable.
From development teams to marketing organizations, everyone needs to collaborate on digital content. Content should be open to suggestions by a wide number of potential contributors. Open contribution can be achieved by using a mergeable file format and distributed version control. The vision of GitLab is to allow everyone to collaborate on all digital content so people can cooperate effectively and achieve better results, faster.
Ideas flow though many stages before they are realized. An idea originates in a chat discussion, an issue is created, it is planned in a sprint, coded in an IDE, committed to version control, tested by CI, code reviewed, deployed, checked and documented. Stitching all these stages of the application lifecycle together can be done in many different ways. You can have a marketplace of proprietary apps from different suppliers or use a suite of products developed in isolation. We believe that an integrated set of tools for application lifecycle management based on convention over configuration offers a superior user experience. The advantage can be quoted from the Wikipedia page for convention over configuration: "decrease the number of decisions that developers need to make, gaining simplicity, and not necessarily losing flexibility". In GitLab you only have to specify unconventional aspects of your workflow. The happy path is frictionless from idea to production.
We admire other convention over configuration tools like Ruby on Rails (that doctrine of which perfectly describe the value of integrated systems), Ember, and Heroku, and strive to offer the same advantages for a continuous delivery of software.
We prefer to offer an integrated product instead of a network of services or offering plugins for the following reasons: