Usage statistics (FREE SELF)
GitLab Inc. periodically collects information about your instance in order to perform various actions.
All statistics are opt-out. You can enable/disable them in the Admin Area > Settings > Metrics and profiling section Usage statistics.
Allow network traffic from your GitLab instance to IP address
126.96.36.199:443, to send
usage statistics to GitLab Inc.
If your GitLab instance is behind a proxy, set the appropriate proxy configuration variables.
Version Check (FREE SELF)
If enabled, version check informs you if a new version is available and the
importance of it through a status. This is shown on the help page (i.e.
for all signed in users, and on the admin pages. The statuses are:
- Green: You are running the latest version of GitLab.
- Orange: An updated version of GitLab is available.
- Red: The version of GitLab you are running is vulnerable. You should install the latest version with security fixes as soon as possible.
GitLab Inc. collects your instance's version and hostname (through the HTTP referer) as part of the version check. No other information is collected.
This information is used, among other things, to identify to which versions patches must be backported, making sure active GitLab instances remain secure.
If you disable version check, this information isn't collected. Enable or disable the version check in Admin Area > Settings > Metrics and profiling > Usage statistics.
Request flow example
The following example shows a basic request/response flow between the self-managed GitLab instance and the GitLab Version Application:
sequenceDiagram participant GitLab instance participant Version Application GitLab instance->>Version Application: Is there a version update? loop Version Check Version Application->>Version Application: Record version info end Version Application->>GitLab instance: Response (PNG/SVG)
Usage Ping (FREE SELF)
See Usage Ping guide.
Instance-level analytics availability
After usage ping is enabled, GitLab gathers data from other instances and enables certain instance-level analytics features that are dependent on usage ping.