GitSwarm-EE 2017.2-1 Documentation


GitLab leverages OmniAuth to allow users to sign in using Twitter, GitHub, and other popular services.

Configuring OmniAuth does not prevent standard GitLab authentication or LDAP (if configured) from continuing to work. Users can choose to sign in using any of the configured mechanisms.

Supported Providers

This is a list of the current supported OmniAuth providers. Before proceeding on each provider's documentation, make sure to first read this document as it contains some settings that are common for all providers.

Initial OmniAuth Configuration

Before configuring individual OmniAuth providers there are a few global settings that are in common for all providers that we need to consider.

Note: If you set block_auto_created_users to false, make sure to only define providers under allow_single_sign_on that you are able to control, like SAML, Shibboleth, Crowd or Google, or set it to false otherwise any user on the Internet will be able to successfully sign in to your GitLab without administrative approval.

Note: auto_link_ldap_user requires the uid of the user to be the same in both LDAP and the OmniAuth provider.

To change these settings:

Now we can choose one or more of the Supported Providers listed above to continue the configuration process.

Enable OmniAuth for an Existing User

Existing users can enable OmniAuth for specific providers after the account is created. For example, if the user originally signed in with LDAP, an OmniAuth provider such as Twitter can be enabled. Follow the steps below to enable an OmniAuth provider for an existing user.

  1. Sign in normally - whether standard sign in, LDAP, or another OmniAuth provider.
  2. Go to profile settings (the silhouette icon in the top right corner).
  3. Select the "Account" tab.
  4. Under "Connected Accounts" select the desired OmniAuth provider, such as Twitter.
  5. The user will be redirected to the provider. Once the user authorized GitLab they will be redirected back to GitLab.

The chosen OmniAuth provider is now active and can be used to sign in to GitLab from then on.

Configure OmniAuth Providers as External

Note: This setting was introduced with version 8.7 of GitLab

You can define which OmniAuth providers you want to be external so that all users creating accounts, or logging in via these providers will not be able to have access to internal projects. You will need to use the full name of the provider, like google_oauth2 for Google. Refer to the examples for the full names of the supported providers.

Note: If you decide to remove an OmniAuth provider from the external providers list you will need to manually update the users that use this method to login, if you want their accounts to be upgraded to full internal accounts.

For Omnibus installations

  gitlab_rails['omniauth_external_providers'] = ['twitter', 'google_oauth2']

For installations from source

    external_providers: ['twitter', 'google_oauth2']

Using Custom Omniauth Providers

Note: The following information only applies for installations from source.

GitLab uses Omniauth for authentication and already ships with a few providers pre-installed (e.g. LDAP, GitHub, Twitter). But sometimes that is not enough and you need to integrate with other authentication solutions. For these cases you can use the Omniauth provider.


These steps are fairly general and you will need to figure out the exact details from the Omniauth provider's documentation.


If you have successfully set up a provider that is not shipped with GitLab itself, please let us know.

You can help others by reporting successful configurations and probably share a few insights or provide warnings for common errors or pitfalls by sharing your experience in the public Wiki.

While we can't officially support every possible authentication mechanism out there, we'd like to at least help those with specific needs.

Enable or disable Sign In with an OmniAuth provider without disabling import sources

Note: This setting was introduced with version 8.8 of GitLab.

Administrators are able to enable or disable Sign In via some OmniAuth providers.

Note: By default Sign In is enabled via all the OAuth Providers that have been configured in config/gitlab.yml.

In order to enable/disable an OmniAuth provider, go to Admin Area -> Settings -> Sign-in Restrictions section -> Enabled OAuth Sign-In sources and select the providers you want to enable or disable.

Enabled OAuth Sign-In sources