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How to install Gitlab

GitLab is a powerful open-source platform for managing Git repositories, providing version control, issue tracking, and collaboration features.
By installing GitLab on your OnetSolutions VPS, you can have your own private Git repository and take advantage of its robust functionality. This guide will walk you through the installation process.


  • a VPS : Verify that your VPS meets the minimum system requirements specified by GitLab. This typically includes having a recent version of Linux (such as Ubuntu or CentOS), sufficient RAM and disk space, and a supported web server (Nginx or Apache).
  • an OnetSolutions account


Installation Steps

Follow these steps to install GitLab on your OnetSolutions VPS:
  1. 1.
    Connect to your VPS via SSH using an SSH client (e.g., OpenSSH, PuTTY). Log in with your VPS username and password.
  2. 2.
    Update the system packages by running the following command:
    sudo apt update
  3. 3.
    Install the required dependencies by executing the following command:
    sudo apt install curl openssh-server ca-certificates postfix
    During the installation, you may be prompted to configure the postfix mail server. Select the appropriate options based on your requirements.
  4. 4.
    Add the GitLab package repository by running the following command:
    curl | sudo bash
  5. 5.
    Install GitLab using the following command:
    sudo apt install gitlab-ee
    This command will install the GitLab Community Edition (CE) by default. If you want to install the Enterprise Edition (EE), replace gitlab-ee with gitlab-ee.
  6. 6.
    Once the installation is complete, open the GitLab configuration file for editing:
    sudo nano /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb
  7. 7.
    In the configuration file, locate the external_url setting and update it with the URL you want to use to access GitLab. For example:
    external_url ''
  8. 8.
    Save the configuration file and exit the text editor.
  9. 9.
    Reconfigure GitLab to apply the changes:
    sudo gitlab-ctl reconfigure
  10. 10.
    Wait for the reconfiguration process to complete. It may take a few minutes.
  11. 11.
    Once the reconfiguration is finished, you can access GitLab by navigating to the URL you specified in the external_url setting.
  12. 12.
    On the first visit, you will be prompted to set up the administrator account and password. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the initial setup.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed GitLab on your OnetSolutions VPS. You can now start using GitLab to manage your Git repositories, create projects, and collaborate with your team.

Configuring Additional Settings

After the installation, you may want to further customize GitLab according to your requirements. Some common configuration options include:
  • HTTPS: Configure GitLab to use HTTPS by setting up SSL/TLS certificates.
  • SMTP: Configure GitLab to send email notifications using an SMTP server.
  • Backup: Set up regular backups of your GitLab data to ensure data security.
To configure these settings and more, refer to the GitLab documentation for detailed instructions on advanced configurations and customization options.

Updating GitLab

Regularly updating GitLab is crucial to ensure you have the latest features, bug fixes, and security patches. To update GitLab on your OnetSolutions VPS, follow these steps:
  1. 1.
    Connect to your VPS via SSH.
  2. 2.
    Run the following commands to update GitLab:
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt upgrade gitlab-ee
    Replace gitlab-ee with gitlab-ce if you have the Community Edition installed.
  3. 3.
    After the update is complete, reconfigure GitLab:
    sudo gitlab-ctl reconfigure
  4. 4.
    Wait for the reconfiguration process to finish, and GitLab will be updated to the latest version.
Remember to review the release notes of each GitLab version before performing an update to understand any specific considerations or changes that may be involved.


By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can easily install and set up GitLab on your OnetSolutions VPS. GitLab provides a comprehensive platform for managing your Git repositories and collaborating with your team, ensuring efficient version control and project management.
Make sure to regularly update GitLab and configure additional settings as needed to optimize its functionality and security. For more detailed instructions and advanced configurations, refer to the official GitLab documentation.
Enjoy using GitLab to streamline your development workflow and enhance team collaboration on your OnetSolutions VPS!