How to Install GitLab on CentOS 7

GitLab Community Edition, or GitLab CE is an open source web based Git repository featuring a wiki and issue tracking. In this guide, we’ll be installing GitLab CE and configuring SSL on a CentOS 7 Cloud Server.


A server with at least 8GB of ram
A domain name pointed at your server.

Installing Dependencies

Before we can install GitLab, there are a few dependencies needed. Install the packages with yum.

sudo yum install -y curl policycoreutils-python openssh-server postfix

Most if not all of these packages will be installed by default in CentOS 7. During the postfix installation, select Internet Site. On the next page, enter your domain name.

Start and enable Postfix:

sudo systemctl enable postfix && sudo systemctl start postfix

Installing GitLab CE

Change directory to /tmp:

cd /tmp

Grab the repository script from


Install the repository:

sudo bash

Install GitLab CE:

sudo yum install gitlab-ce

Configuring GitLab

After the last command, you should have gotten a warning about setting your domain name. While fixing that, we’ll also go ahead and enable SSL with letsencrypt. Open the gitlab configuration file with nano:

sudo nano /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb

Here you’re looking for the external_url field. Update it to match your domain name and change http to https. It should look something like this once done.

external_url ''

Next, look for the letsencrypt[‘contact_emails’] field. The email addresses here will be alerted if there is ever a problem with your SSL certificate. Once done, it should look something like this:

letsencrypt['contact_emails'] = ['']

Save the file and exit. Now we’ll reconfigure gitlab to have it re-read the new configuration file. This part may take a few minutes.

sudo gitlab-ctl reconfigure

Once the reconfiguration is finished, navigate to your domain name in your web browser to start using GitLab CE!

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