Manually download and install a GitLab package

Note: The package repository is recommended over a manual installation.

If for some reason you don’t use the official repositories, it is possible to download the package and install it manually. The exact same method can be used to manually update GitLab.


Before installing GitLab, it is of critical importance to review the system requirements. The system requirements include details on the minimum hardware, software, database, and additional requirements to support GitLab.

Download a GitLab Package

All GitLab packages are posted to GitLab’s package server and can be downloaded. Five repositories are maintained:

To download GitLab:

  1. Browse to the repository for the type of package you would like to see the list of packages that are available. There are multiple packages for a single version, one for each supported distribution type. Next to the filename is a label indicating the distribution, as the file names may be the same.

    Package Listing

  2. Find the package version you wish to install and click on it.
  3. Click the Download button in the upper right corner to download the package.

Install or update a GitLab Package

After the GitLab package is downloaded, install it using the following commands:

  • For GitLab Community Edition:

    # GitLab Community Edition
    # Debian/Ubuntu
    dpkg -i gitlab-ce-<version>.deb
    # CentOS/RHEL
    rpm -Uvh gitlab-ce-<version>.rpm
  • For GitLab Enterprise Edition:

    # Debian/Ubuntu
    dpkg -i gitlab-ee-<version>.deb
    # CentOS/RHEL
    rpm -Uvh gitlab-ee-<version>.rpm
Tip: If you are installing for the first time, you can pass the EXTERNAL_URL="<GitLab URL>" variable to set your preferred domain name. Installation will automatically configure and start GitLab at that URL. Enabling HTTPS requires additional configuration to specify the certificates.

Browse to the hostname and login

On your first visit, you’ll be redirected to a password reset screen. Provide the password for the initial administrator account and you will be redirected back to the login screen. Use the default account’s username root to login.

See our documentation for detailed instructions on installing and configuration.