Sign-up restrictions

You can use sign-up restrictions to:

  • Disable new signups.
  • Require user email confirmation.
  • Blacklist or whitelist email addresses belonging to specific domains.
Note: These restrictions are only applied during sign-up from an external user. An admin is able to add a user through the admin panel with a disallowed domain. Also note that the users can change their email addresses after signup to disallowed domains.

Disable new signups

When this setting is enabled, any user visiting your GitLab domain will be able to sign up for an account.

Disable signups

You can restrict new users from signing up by themselves for an account in your instance by disabling this setting.


For customers running public facing GitLab instances, we highly recommend that you consider disabling new signups if you do not expect public users to sign up for an account.

Alternatively, you could also consider setting up a whitelist or blacklist on email domains to prevent malicious users from creating accounts.

Require email confirmation

You can send confirmation emails during sign-up and require that users confirm their email address before they are allowed to sign in.

Email confirmation

Minimum password length limit

Introduced in GitLab 12.6

You can change the minimum number of characters a user must have in their password using the GitLab UI.

Whitelist email domains

Introduced in GitLab 7.11.0

You can restrict users to only sign up using email addresses matching the given domains list.

Blacklist email domains

Introduced in GitLab 8.10.

With this feature enabled, you can block email addresses of a specific domain from creating an account on your GitLab server. This is particularly useful to prevent malicious users from creating spam accounts with disposable email addresses.


To access this feature:

  1. Navigate to the Admin Area > Settings > General.
  2. Expand the Sign-up restrictions section.

For the blacklist, you can enter the list manually or upload a .txt file that contains list entries.

For the whitelist, you must enter the list manually.

Both the whitelist and blacklist accept wildcards. For example, you can use * to accept every subdomain, or *.io to block all domains ending in .io. Domains should be separated by a whitespace, semicolon, comma, or a new line.

Domain Blacklist