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Licensing and subscription FAQ

How do I purchase a license?

You can purchase a license for GitLab Enterprise Edition (self-hosted) or for (hosted by GitLab) on our Customer Portal with a credit card.

What do I do after getting a license?

Please take a look at our getting started with subscriptions page for information on getting set up, applying, and managing your subscription.

How do I renew my subscription?

  1. Log into your account on
  2. Click on Subscriptions.
  3. For self-hosted subscriptions Click on Renew. For subscriptions, turn on Auto-Renew.
  4. Enter in the quantity of users to renew.
  5. Enter in Users over license.
  6. Click on Proceed to checkout.
  7. Review Subscription Renew Detail.
  8. Click on Confirm Renew.

The following will be emailed to you:

What does "users over license" mean?

If you've added more users to your GitLab EE instance during the past period than you were licensed for, we need to add these additional users to your subscription.

Without adding these users during the renewal process, your license key will not work.

You can find the number of users over license by going to the /admin section of your GitLab instance (e.g. This can also be found by clicking the admin wrench in the navbar of your instance when logged in as an admin.

In the top right section of the admin dashboard, you should see the number to enter when asked this during the renewal process.

Who gets counted in the subscription?

Every person with a GitLab account on the instance is a user and is counted in the subscription. Only active users count towards total user count. Blocked users do not count, nor do Guest users in an Ultimate license.

For more detail, administrators can find user counts under the Admin wrench > Users. The Active Users tab indicates the users currently counted.

Can I get a trial?

It is possible to obtain a free evaluation license of our enterprise edition for a 30 day period for up to 100 users. Please visit our free trial page to sign up.

When you decide to purchase a subscription, you will be issued a new license key. Should you not take out a subscription, your key will expire at the end of your evaluation period.

Can I use my paid seats on a new set of users?

The seats for your license are generic and are not specific to a user. GitLab does not use a named license model.

The seats you buy can be distributed however you choose. If a user leaves your organization, you can remove or block that user to free the seat. This seat can then be used by another user.

If the additional user is added before the previous seat is blocked, note that this may result in a user over license if your maximum users has been reached.

Can I add more users to my subscription?

Yes. You can add users to your subscription any time during the subscription period.

You can log in to your account via the GitLab Customer Portal and add more seats or via our Contact Us page.

In either case, the cost will be prorated from the date of quote/purchase through the end of the subscription period. You may also add users and pay for the users over license at renewal.

If you're using

If you've subscribed to a self-managed plan:

  1. Access your account on
  2. Click on Subscriptions.
  3. Click on Add more seats.
  4. Enter in the total amount of desired users (E.g. You currently have 10 users and want to add 10 more users, enter 20).
  5. Proceed to checkout.
  6. Review the Subscription Upgrade Detail, this will show a pro-rated charge from the purchase date through the end of your subscription term.
  7. Confirm Upgrade
  8. A payment receipt will be e-mailed, you can also access this information under Payment History.

Do I need an additional license if I run more than one server (e.g., for backup, high availability, failover, testing, and staging)?

No, if your GitLab servers cover the same users, you can use the same license file for all of them.

What happens when my subscription is about to expire or has expired?

What happens if I decide to not renew my subscription?

14 days after the end of your subscription, your key will no longer work and GitLab Enterprise Edition will not be functional anymore. You will be able to remove your license to downgrade to Core, which is free to use. From GitLab 9.4, it is not necessary to downgrade your install to CE.

What's the difference between a Group plan and a Personal plan on

On, you can purchase a plan either for your personal account or for a group.

How do I purchase a Group Plan on

You can use GitLab's Customer Portal at Note that you must create the group before purchasing the plan.

  1. Create a group on
  2. Add users to your group.
  3. Purchase a subscription via
  4. Select the group from the drop down menu.
  5. Proceed to checkout.

How do I downgrade my subscription?

Please submit your request to license and renewals.

Do you support resellers?

We don't currently support reseller purchasing via the portal. If you are a reseller looking to purchase GitLab on behalf of your client, please get in touch with us using the Contact sales form.

If you include your billing contact name and email, your physical billing address, and the end customer's name, email address and shipping address, we will send you (not your customer) a resellers quote which you can execute either with a credit card or an EFT.

You can find details on our reseller program at