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 > Usage statistics.

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 hostname (through the HTTP referer) 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 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.

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