Using the GitLab Runner chart

The GitLab Runner subchart provides a GitLab Runner for running CI jobs. It is enabled by default and should work out of the box with support for caching using s3 compatible object storage.


This chart depends on the shared-secrets subchart to populate its registrationToken for automatic registration. If you intend to run this chart as a stand-alone chart with an existing GitLab instance then you will need to manually set the registrationToken in the gitlab-runner secret to be equal to that displayed by the running GitLab instance.


There are no required settings, it should work out of the box if you deploy all of the charts together.

Deploying a stand-alone runner

By default we do infer gitlabUrl, automatically generate a registration token, and generate it through the migrations chart. This behavior will not work if you intend to deploy it with a running GitLab instance.

In this case you will need to set gitlabUrl value to be the URL of the running GitLab instance. You will also need to manually create gitlab-runner secret and fill it with the registrationToken provided by the running GitLab.

Using Docker-in-Docker

In order to run Docker-in-Docker, the runner container needs to be privileged to have access to the needed capabilities. To enable it set the privileged value to true. See the upstream documentation in regards to why this is does not default to true.

Security concerns

Privileged containers have extended capabilities, for example they can mount arbitrary files from the host they run on. Make sure to run the container in an isolated environment such that nothing important runs beside it.

Installation command line options

Parameter Description Default
gitlab-runner.image Runner image gitlab/gitlab-runner:alpine-v10.5.0
gitlab-runner.install Install the gitlab-runner chart true
gitlab-runner.imagePullPolicy Image pull policy IfNotPresent
gitlab-runner.init.image.repository initContainer image  
gitlab-runner.init.image.tag initContainer image tag  
gitlab-runner.pullSecrets Secrets for the image repository  
gitlab-runner.unregisterRunners Unregister all runners before termination true
gitlab-runner.concurrent Number of concurrent jobs 20
gitlab-runner.checkInterval Polling interval 30s
gitlab-runner.rbac.create Whether to create rbac service account true
gitlab-runner.rbac.clusterWideAccess Deploy containers of jobs cluster-wide false
gitlab-runner.rbac.serviceAccountName Name of the rbac service account to create default
gitlab-runner.runners.image Default container image to use in builds ubuntu:16.04
gitlab-runner.runners.imagePullSecrets imagePullSecrets []
gitlab-runner.runners.privileged Run in privileged mode, needed for dind false
gitlab-runner.runners.namespace Namespace to run jobs in default
gitlab-runner.runners.cache.cacheType Cache type s3
gitlab-runner.runners.cache.s3BucketName Name of the bucket runner-cache
gitlab-runner.runners.cache.cacheShared Share the cache between runners true
gitlab-runner.runners.cache.s3BucketLocation Bucket region us-east-1
gitlab-runner.runners.cache.secretName Secret to access key and secretkey from gitlab-minio
gitlab-runner.runners.cache.s3CachePath Path in the bucket gitlab-runner
gitlab-runner.runners.cache.s3CacheInsecure Use http false
gitlab-runner.runners.builds.cpuLimit Build container cpu limit  
gitlab-runner.runners.builds.memoryLimit Build container memory limit  
gitlab-runner.runners.builds.cpuRequests Build container requested cpu  
gitlab-runner.runners.builds.memoryRequests Build container requested memory  
gitlab-runner.runners.service.cpuLimit Service container cpu limit  
gitlab-runner.runners.service.memoryLimit Service container memory limit  
gitlab-runner.runners.service.cpuRequests Service container requested cpu  
gitlab-runner.runners.service.memoryRequests Service container requested memory  
gitlab-runner.resources.limits.cpu Runner cpu limit  
gitlab-runner.resources.limits.memory Runner memory limit  
gitlab-runner.resources.requests.cpu Runner requested cpu  
gitlab-runner.resources.requests.memory Runner requested memory  

Chart configuration examples


pullSecrets allow you to authenticate to a private registry to pull images for a pod.

Additional details about private registries and their authentication methods can be found in the Kubernetes documentation.

Below is an example use of pullSecrets

image: my.runner.repository
imagePullPolicy: Always
- name: my-secret-name
- name: my-secondary-secret-name