Gitpod integration (FREE)

With Gitpod you can describe your development environment as code to get fully set up, compiled, and tested development environments for any GitLab project. The development environments are not only automated but also prebuilt which means that Gitpod continuously builds your Git branches like a CI/CD server.

This means you don't have to wait for dependencies to be downloaded and builds to finish, you can start coding immediately. With Gitpod you can start coding instantly on any project, branch, and merge request from any device, at any time, from your browser:

Gitpod interface

To use the GitLab Gitpod integration, it must be enabled for your GitLab instance. Users of:

To learn more about Gitpod, see their features and documentation.

Enable Gitpod in your user settings

With the Gitpod integration enabled for your GitLab instance, to enable it for yourself:

  1. In the top-right corner, select your avatar.
  2. Select Preferences.
  3. Under Preferences, locate the Integrations section.
  4. Select the Enable Gitpod integration checkbox and select Save changes.

Configure a self-managed instance (FREE SELF)

For GitLab self-managed instances, a GitLab administrator needs to:

  1. Set up a Gitpod instance to integrate with GitLab. Refer to the Gitpod documentation to get your instance up and running.
  2. Enable it in GitLab:
    1. On the top bar, select Main menu > Admin.
    2. On the left sidebar, select Settings > General.
    3. Expand the Gitpod configuration section.
    4. Select the Enable Gitpod integration checkbox.
    5. Add your Gitpod instance URL (for example,
    6. Select Save changes.

Your users can then enable it for themselves.

Launch Gitpod in GitLab

You can launch Gitpod directly from GitLab in one of these ways:

  • From your project's page:
    1. Go to your project, then go to the page you want to edit.

    2. Select the caret ({chevron-lg-down}) next to Web IDE, and select Gitpod from the list:

      Gitpod Button on Project Page

    3. Select Open in Gitpod.

  • From a merge request:
    1. Go to your merge request.
    2. In the upper right corner, select Code, then select Open in Gitpod.

Gitpod builds your development environment for your branch.