Install GitLab Runner on FreeBSD

Note: The FreeBSD version is also available as a bleeding edge release. Make sure that you read the FAQ section which describes some of the most common problems with GitLab Runner.
Important: If you are using or upgrading from a version prior to GitLab Runner 10, read how to upgrade to the new version. If you want to install a version prior to GitLab Runner 10, visit the old docs.

Installing GitLab Runner

Here are the steps to install and configure GitLab Runner under FreeBSD:

  1. Create the gitlab-runner user and group:

    sudo pw group add -n gitlab-runner
    sudo pw user add -n gitlab-runner -g gitlab-runner -s /usr/local/bin/bash
    sudo mkdir /home/gitlab-runner
    sudo chown gitlab-runner:gitlab-runner /home/gitlab-runner
  2. Download the binary for your system:

    # For amd64
    sudo fetch -o /usr/local/bin/gitlab-runner
    # For i386
    sudo fetch -o /usr/local/bin/gitlab-runner

    You can download a binary for every available version as described in Bleeding Edge - download any other tagged release.

  3. Give it permissions to execute:

    sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/gitlab-runner
  4. Create an empty log file with correct permissions:

    sudo touch /var/log/gitlab_runner.log && sudo chown gitlab-runner:gitlab-runner /var/log/gitlab_runner.log
  5. Create the rc.d directory in case it doesn’t exist:

    mkdir -p /usr/local/etc/rc.d
  6. Create the rc.d script:

    sudo bash -c 'cat > /usr/local/etc/rc.d/gitlab_runner' << "EOF"
    # PROVIDE: gitlab_runner
    # BEFORE:
    # KEYWORD:
    . /etc/rc.subr
        export USER=${user}
        export HOME=${user_home}
        if checkyesno ${rcvar}; then
            cd ${user_home}
            /usr/sbin/daemon -u ${user} -p ${pidfile} ${command} ${command_args} > /var/log/gitlab_runner.log 2>&1
    load_rc_config $name
    run_rc_command $1
  7. Make it executable:

    sudo chmod +x /usr/local/etc/rc.d/gitlab_runner
  8. Register the Runner
  9. Enable the gitlab-runner service and start it:

    sudo sysrc -f /etc/rc.conf "gitlab_runner_enable=YES"
    sudo service gitlab_runner start

    If you don’t want to enable the gitlab-runner service to start after a reboot, use:

    sudo service gitlab_runner onestart

Upgrading to GitLab Runner 10

To upgrade GitLab Runner from a version prior to 10.0:

  1. Stop the Runner:

    sudo service gitlab_runner stop
  2. Optionally, preserve the previous version of the Runner just in case:

    sudo mv /usr/local/bin/gitlab-ci-multi-runner{,.$(/usr/local/bin/gitlab-ci-multi-runner --version| grep Version | cut -d ':' -f 2 | sed 's/ //g')}
  3. Download the new Runner and make it executable:

    # For amd64
    sudo fetch -o /usr/local/bin/gitlab-runner
    # For i386
    sudo fetch -o /usr/local/bin/gitlab-runner
    sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/gitlab-runner
  4. Edit /usr/local/etc/rc.d/gitlab_runner and change:

    command="/usr/local/bin/gitlab-ci-multi-runner run"


    command="/usr/local/bin/gitlab-runner run"
  5. Start the Runner:

    sudo service gitlab_runner start
  6. After you confirm all is working correctly, you can remove the old binary:

    sudo rm /usr/local/bin/gitlab-ci-multi-runner.*