List of Community-Hosted GitLab Instances

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GitLab is one replacement for proprietary 'code forge' (software project management) platforms like GitHub. GitLab.com is the flagship instance hosted by the company that develops the software, using its Enterprise Edition (EE). Unlike GH, GitLab also offers a fully free code Community Edition (CE) that can be self-hosted as a ready-to-use code forge, although it lacks some "enterprise" features available in EE. Developers have a choice to either host their code on GitLab.com (both gratis and commercial options available), or they can host their own instance for their own use, or for a community of developers. Because all project data can be exported and imported, they can switch from one option to the other, and back again, as their circumstances require. --Strypey (talk) 08:39, 26 April 2018 (UTC)

Note: The lists of instances that use code forge software other than GitLab were out of the scope of this page, so the full list has been moved to List of Community-Hosted Code Forge Instances. This page may not be updated as often as that one. --Strypey (talk) 19:44, 11 October 2019 (UTC)

List of Independent GitLab instances

  • Debian: https://salsa.debian.org/public - available for any free code software or any software that can be included in the Debian distribution or its repos.
  • e Foundation: https://gitlab.e.foundation/explore/ - used for development of the /e/ project (formerly Eelo), which includes the /e/ OS mobile OS (forked from Android via LineageOS), and a suite of privacy-friendly apps and hosted services (mostly forked from bits of Android, and existing free code Android apps and server packages) designed to create a complete replacement for the mobile devices, apps, and services run by Apple, Google, etc.
  • GNU Project: https://git.gnu.io/explore/projects/ - used for development of various GNU social media projects, including the MediaGoblin media-hosting package, and the GNU Social micro-blogging server (and web client).
  • Jami (a GNU project, formerly Ring): https://git.jami.net/explore/projects/ - used for development of the various components of the GNU Ring P2P voice/ video chat app developed by the savoirfairelinux team
  • Open Educational Resources Universitas: https://git.oeru.org/explore/ - used by some developers and projects associated with the OERU and OER Foundation.
  • Silence: https://git.silence.dev/explore - used for the development of Silence, a fork of Signal used for encrypting SMS/MMS on Android devices, and its website.

Hosted by GitLab on GitHost.io

GitHost.io was shut down by GitLab in June, 2019. Projects hosted there used to appear to be self-hosted, using their own domain name. They have all had to either move to GitLab.com, as did Snowdrift.coop), or move to self-hosting like git.gnu.io (see above).

Enabling federation across instances

There are three projects working on ways to enable self-hosted code forges like to form a federated network, allowing them to compete with the network effect of large, centralized services like GitHub and BitBucket:

An open standard for collaboration between code forges - like ForgeFed or Sr.ht - would theoretically enable projects to inter-operate across any code forge platform implementing the standard, not just GitLab.