Ecosystem's mission is to foster GitLab as not just an individual product, but as a platform. Our ambitious product vision aspires to expand the breadth of the GitLab application well beyond what it is today, but will only be achievable in partnership with other services. While we'll always seek to develop native capabilities inside GitLab that extend our core value proposition, there are often significant advantages associated with integrating other technologies into the GitLab product. Our goal is to make this process seamless from both the end-user and developer perspectives, allowing GitLab users to unlock value in and augment their particular DevOps toolchain in ways that work best for their business.
Today, there are several ways to integrate into GitLab, which can be found on our partner integration page. As we grow, we want to extend the ability to create those integrations through a best-in-class set of SDKs, and a robust marketplace that allows users to implement those integrations with ease.
Integrations are places where the GitLab product connects to features and services from other products. These integrations seek to offer our customers a seamless experience between these products, and range from lightweight features like Slack notifications for projects, to deep and complex integrations with Atlassian JIRA that connect a wide array of functionality throughout the GitLab product.
The GitLab SDKs & Integration APIs category supports the integration with and extension of GitLab with outside products and services. The GitLab API and associated documentation currently offers access to a wide array of functionality and data, and we are actively working to expand what resources are available. There are a wide array of client libraries and CLI tools availabile from community contributors, and this category will support those efforts, seeking to make the developer experience of our platform more robust.
We firmly believe that a single application can successfully serve all the needs of the entire DevOps lifecycle. However, we understand that there are a myriad of reasons that you may have specific and particular needs that require you to use a specific tool in your toolchain. With this in mind, we believe that you should have the freedom to choose your tools wisely and use what makes the most sense for your business—and we will support that freedom as best we can.
We always strive to build solutions that are easy to use without oversimplifying the product. We want to offer developers and integrators all the power and flexibility they need, and do so in a way that's productive, minimal, and human. To achieve this, we offer simple solutions, provide excellent documentation, and value convention over configuration.
We can’t imagine every possible use-case, nor can we afford to support the development of every possible integration. However, with our products, we should allow for infinite flexibility and extensibility through our APIs and SDKs, allowing our users to create the experience that they need. Our tools should support users wanting to create a simple extension of functionality, to a robust integration with another product, or even the ability to build a wholly new product on its own, leveraging GitLab as an underlying platform.
GitLab currently integrates with others, but we aspire to allow others to integrate deeper into GitLab and with exceptional ease. Integration partners like Percy seek to build with GitLab, but struggle against requirements like needing a bot user and a limited ability to scope token access.
Thinking more broadly than specific limitations, the Ecosystem group will need to consider the following:
GitLab does not utilize a plugin model for integrations with other common tools and services, or provide a marketplace for them. As an open core project, integrations can live directly inside the product. Learn more about our reasons for this in our Product Handbook
At GitLab, one of our values is that everyone can contribute. If you're looking to contribute your own integration, or otherwise get involved with features in the Ecosystem area, you can find open issues here.
You can read more about our general contribution guidelines here.
A large part of the success of these companies comes from their enthusiasm around enabling developers to integrate, extend, and interact with their services in new and novel ways, creating a spirit of collaboration and diversity that simply can't exist any other way.