Usage statistics

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

All statistics are opt-out, you can disable them from the admin panel.

Version check

GitLab can inform you when an update is available and the importance of it.

No information other than the GitLab version and the instance's domain name are collected.

In the Overview tab you can see if your GitLab version is up to date. There are three cases: 1) you are up to date (green), 2) there is an update available (yellow) and 3) your version is vulnerable and a security fix is released (red).

In any case, you will see a message informing you of the state and the importance of the update.

If enabled, the version status will also be shown in the help page (/help) for all signed in users.

Usage ping

Introduced in GitLab Enterprise Edition 8.10. More statistics were added in GitLab Enterprise Edition 8.12. Moved to GitLab Community Edition in 9.1.

GitLab Inc. can collect non-sensitive information about how GitLab users use their GitLab instance upon the activation of a ping feature located in the admin panel (/admin/application_settings).

You can see the exact JSON payload that your instance sends to GitLab in the "Usage statistics" section of the admin panel.

Nothing qualitative is collected. Only quantitative. That means no project names, author names, comment bodies, names of labels, etc.

The usage ping is sent in order for GitLab Inc. to have a better understanding of how our users use our product, and to be more data-driven when creating or changing features.

The total number of the following is sent back to GitLab Inc.:

  • Comments
  • Groups
  • Users
  • Projects
  • Issues
  • Labels
  • CI builds
  • Snippets
  • Milestones
  • Todos
  • Pushes
  • Merge requests
  • Environments
  • Triggers
  • Deploy keys
  • Pages
  • Project Services
  • Projects using the Prometheus service
  • Issue Boards
  • CI Runners
  • Deployments
  • Geo Nodes
  • LDAP Groups
  • LDAP Keys
  • LDAP Users
  • LFS objects
  • Protected branches
  • Releases
  • Remote mirrors
  • Uploads
  • Web hooks

Also, we track if you've installed Mattermost with GitLab. For example: "mattermost_enabled":true".

More data will be added over time. The goal of this ping is to be as light as possible, so it won't have any performance impact on your installation when the calculation is made.

Deactivate the usage ping

By default, 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.

Privacy policy

GitLab Inc. does not collect any sensitive information, like project names or the content of the comments. GitLab Inc. does not disclose or otherwise make available any of the data collected on a customer specific basis.

Read more about this in the Privacy policy.