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Open source software is a great way to learn new skills and hone existing ones, while perfecting products that are used and loved by millions around the world. Open source inspires us in a way that nothing else quite does. Dmitriy needed a tool to help his own team collaborate better, so he created GitLab as an open source project from his home in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Seven years later, we reached 2,000 contributors, and we’re the proud home of hundreds of thousands of public projects built by our incredible community. Now, we’re removing the barrier to entry for newcomers by offering a single tool, simplified workflow, and slick onboarding experience.

To stay true to our mission of being good open source stewards, public projects on GitLab.com get access to our highest tier of features for free, plus 50,000 free CI pipeline minutes.

GitLab OSS - Ultimate or Gold for open source projects

GitLab exists today in large part thanks to the work of hundreds of thousands of open source contributors around the world. To give back to this community who gives us so much, we want to help teams be more efficient, secure, and productive. We believe the best way for them to achieve this is by using as many of the capabilities of GitLab as possible.

It has already been the case for years that that any public project on GitLab.com gets all Gold features. We are happy to now offer a complimentary license to GitLab Ultimate (self-managed ) or subscription to GitLab Gold (SaaS) to all open source projects.

Any project that uses an OSI-approved open source license and which does not seek to make profit from the resulting project software. To apply, add a merge request to add your project to a list of open source projects using GitLab Ultimate and Gold.

More information can be found in the OSS project.

How to apply

  1. Create a MR in GitLab Ultimate or Gold for Open Source Projects
  2. Fill out the form below:

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