Gitlab is one of the best alternatives to Github for hosting your open source projects, that you will find out there.
In this article, we will explain how to install and configure Gitlab (Git-repository manager) on CentOS 8/7 or RHEL 8/7 Linux distributions.
1. First, start by installing the following necessary dependencies using the yum package manager
sudo yum install curl policycoreutils-python openssh-server
2. Next, install Postfix service to send notification emails, and enable it to start at system boot, then check if it is up and running using following commands.
sudo yum install postfix
sudo systemctl start postfix
sudo systemctl enable postfix
sudo systemctl status postfix
During Postfix installation a configuration window may appear. Select ‘Internet Site‘ and use your server’s external DNS for ‘mail name‘ and press enter. If extra screens appear, continue to press enter to accept the defaults.
3. Now add the GitLab package YUM repository to your system by running the following script.
sudo curl https://packages.gitlab.com/install/repositories/gitlab/gitlab-ce/script.rpm.sh | sudo bash
4. Next, install the GitLab Community Edition package using the following command and make sure to change ‘http://gitlab.hasanyousuf.com‘ to the URL at which you want to access your GitLab instance from a web browser.
EXTERNAL_URL="http://gitlab.hasanyousuf" yum install -y gitlab-ce
Note: If you want to change your main URL, you can configure it in the GitLab main configuration file /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb in the external_url section. Once changed, don’t forget to reconfigure gitlab to apply the recent changes in the configuration file using the following command.
5. If you have a system firewall enabled, you need to open port 80 (HTTP) and 443 (HTTPS) to allow connections in the system firewall.
sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --add-service=80/tcp
sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --add-service=443/tcp sudo systemctl reload firewalld
6. Now, open a web browser and access your gitlab instance using the following URL you set during installation.
7. On your first visit, you’ll be redirected to a password reset screen, create a new password for your new admin account and click “Change your password”. Once you set, it will be redirected back to the login screen and login with username root and the password you set.