Usage statistics

GitLab Inc. will periodically collect information about your instance in order to perform various actions.

All statistics are opt-out, you can enable/disable them from the admin panel under Admin area > Settings > Metrics and profiling > Usage statistics.

Version check

If enabled, version check will inform you if a new version is available and the importance of it through a status. This is shown on the help page (i.e. /help) for all signed in users, and on the admin pages. The statuses are:

  • Green: You are running the latest version of GitLab.
  • Orange: An updated version of GitLab is available.
  • Red: The version of GitLab you are running is vulnerable. You should install the latest version with security fixes as soon as possible.

Orange version check example

GitLab Inc. collects your instance’s version and hostname (through the HTTP referer) as part of the version check. No other information is collected.

This information is used, among other things, to identify to which versions patches will need to be backported, making sure active GitLab instances remain secure.

If you disable version check, this information will not be collected. Enable or disable the version check at Admin area > Settings > Usage statistics.

Usage ping

Introduced in GitLab Enterprise Edition 8.10. More statistics were added in GitLab Enterprise Edition 8.12. Moved to GitLab Core in 9.1. More statistics were added in GitLab Ultimate 11.2.

GitLab sends a weekly payload containing usage data to GitLab Inc. The usage ping uses high-level data to help our product, support, and sales teams. It does not send any project names, usernames, or any other specific data. The information from the usage ping is not anonymous, it is linked to the hostname of the instance.

You can view the exact JSON payload in the administration panel. To view the payload:

  1. Go to the Admin area (spanner symbol on the top bar).
  2. Expand Settings in the left sidebar and click on Metrics and profiling.
  3. Expand Usage statistics and click on the Preview payload button.

You can see how the usage ping data maps to different stages of the product.

Deactivate the usage ping

The usage ping is opt-out. If you want to deactivate this feature, go to the Settings page of your administration panel and uncheck the Usage ping checkbox.

To disable the usage ping and prevent it from being configured in future through the administration panel, Omnibus installs can set the following in gitlab.rb:

gitlab_rails['usage_ping_enabled'] = false

And source installs can set the following in gitlab.yml:

production: &base
  # ...
    # ...
    usage_ping_enabled: false

Instance statistics visibility

Once usage ping is enabled, GitLab will gather data from other instances and will be able to show usage statistics of your instance to your users.

This can be restricted to admins by selecting “Only admins” in the Instance Statistics visibility section under Admin area > Settings > Usage statistics.