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Operating Systems

GitLab is developed for the Linux operating system. For the installations options and instructions please see the installation section of the readme.

Supported Linux distributions

  • Ubuntu
  • Debian
  • CentOS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux
  • Scientific Linux
  • Oracle Linux

Unsupported Linux distributions

  • Arch Linux
  • Fedora
  • Gentoo

But on the above unsupported distributions is stll possible to install GitLab yourself with the manual installation guide.

Unsupported Unix operating systems

There is nothing that prevents GitLab from running on other Unix operating systems. This means you may get it to work on systems running FreeBSD or OS X. If you want to do this, please be aware it could be a lot of work. Please consider using a virtual machine to run GitLab.

Other operating systems such as Windows

GitLab does not run on Windows and we have no plans of supporting it in the near future. Please consider using a virtual machine to run GitLab.

Ruby versions

GitLab requires Ruby (MRI) 1.9.3 or 2.0+. You will have to use the standard MRI implementation of Ruby. We love JRuby and Rubinius) but GitLab needs several Gems that have native extensions.

Hardware requirements


  • 1 core works supports up to 100 users but the application will not be responsive
  • 2 cores is the recommended number of cores and supports up to 500 users
  • 4 cores supports up to 2,000 users
  • 8 cores supports up to 5,000 users
  • 16 cores supports up to 10,0000 users
  • 32 cores supports up to 20,0000 users
  • 64 cores supports up to 40,0000 users


  • 512MB is the abolute minimum, you need 256MB of swap, you can configure only one slow unicorn worker, only ssh access will work, we do not recommend this
  • 1GB supports up to 100 users (with individual repositories under 250MB, otherwise git memory usage necessitates using swap space)
  • 2GB is the recommended memory size and supports up to 500 users
  • 4GB supports up to 2,000 users
  • 8GB supports up to 5,000 users
  • 16GB supports up to 10,000 users
  • 32GB supports up to 20,000 users
  • 64GB supports up to 40,000 users


The necessary hard drive space largely depends on the size of the repos you want to store in GitLab. But as a rule of thumb you should have at least twice as much free space as your all repos combined take up. You need twice the storage because GitLab satellites contain an extra copy of each repo.

If you want to be flexible about growing your hard drive space in the future consider mounting it using LVM so you can add more hard drives when you need them.

Apart from a local hard drive you can also mount a volume that supports the network file system (NFS) protocol. This volume might be located on a file server, a network attached storage (NAS) device, a storage area network (SAN) or on an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Block Store (EBS) volume.

If you have enough RAM memory and a recent CPU the speed of GitLab is mainly limited by hard drive seek times. Having a fast drive (7200 RPM and up) or a solid state drive (SSD) will improve the responsiveness of GitLab.

Supported webbrowsers

  • Chrome (Latest stable version)
  • Firefox (Latest released version)
  • Safari 7+ (Know problem: required fields in html5 do not work)
  • Opera (Latest released version)
  • IE 10+