CLI tool for GitLab (no prerequisites required)
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CLI commands for performing actions against GitLab repositories. The main reasons for building this tool is to be able to use it without any prerequisites and to deal with global labels, which GitLab API doesn't expose.


Follow the instructions from the releases page.


For all available commands see the command's help: gitlab-cli -h. The most common commands are documented below.


Copy global labels into a repository

GitLab Limitation: Currently there's no way to access global labels through the API, so this tool provides a workaround to copy them.

gitlab-cli label copy -U<USER>/<REPO> -t <TOKEN>

Tip: To avoid specifying -U and -t every time you refer to a repository, you can use the config file to save the details of it. See Specifying a repository.

Copy labels from one repository to another

gitlab-cli label copy -r <NAME> <GROUP>/<REPO>

Tip: The above command copies labels between repositories on the same GitLab instance. To copy from/to a different GitLab instance, use the config file as explained in Specifying a repository.

Update labels that match a regex

gitlab-cli label update -r <NAME> --match <REGEX> --replace <REPLACE> --color <COLOR>

Note: <REGEX> is a Go regex string as in and <REPLACE> is a replacement string as in

Delete labels that match a regex

gitlab-cli label update -r <NAME> --regex <REGEX>


Other commands can be added as needed. Feel free to open pull requests or issues.

Specifying a repository

There are 2 ways to specify a repository:

  1. By using the --url (-U) and --token (-t) flags (or --user (-u) and --password (-p) instead of token) with each command. This is the easiest to get started but requires a lot of typing.
  2. By saving the repository details in the config file and referring to it by its saved name using --repo (-r) (e.g. -r myrepo)


gitlab-cli label copy -U -t ghs93hska

is the same as this, but the repo gets saved in the config file and we can refer to it later by its name:

gitlab-cli config repo save -r myrepo -U -t ghs93hska
gitlab-cli label copy -r myrepo

Note: Some commands like label copy allow you to specify a repository by its path (e.g. my_group/my_repo), in which case the repository is considered on the same GitLab instance as the target repo.

Using user and password instead of token

You can specify your GitLab login (user or email) - --user (-u) - and password - --password (-p) - instead of the token in any command, if this is easier for you. Example:

gitlab-cli config repo save -r myrepo -U -u my_user -p my_pass

The config file

The default location of the config file is $HOME/.gitlab-cli.yaml and it is useful for saving repositories and then refer to them by their names. A sample config file looks like this:

    token: Nahs93hdl3shjf
    token: Nahs93hdl3shjf
    token: OA23spfwuSalos

But there's no need to manually edit this file. Instead use the config commands to modify it (see gitlab-cli config -h). Some useful config commands are:

  • gitlab-cli config cat - print the entire config file contents
  • gitlab-cli config repo ls - list all saved repositories
  • gitlab-cli config repo save ... - save a repository
  • gitlab-cli config repo show -r <repo> - show the details of a saved repository


You'll need a Go dev environment.


go run build/build.go

This will build all the executables into the build/ directory.


You need to provide a GitLab URL and private token to be able to create temporary repositories for the tests.

GITLAB_URL="<URL>" GITLAB_TOKEN="<TOKEN>" go test -v ./gitlab

You can spin up a GitLab instance using Docker:

docker pull gitlab/gitlab-ce
docker run -d --name gitlab -p 8055:80 gitlab/gitlab-ce
sleep 60 # allow enough time for GitLab to start
docker exec gitlab \
  sudo -u gitlab-psql \
    /opt/gitlab/embedded/bin/psql --port 5432 -h /var/opt/gitlab/postgresql -d gitlabhq_production -c " \
      INSERT INTO labels (title, color, template) VALUES ('feature', '#000000', true); \
      INSERT INTO labels (title, color, template) VALUES ('bug', '#ff0000', true); \
      UPDATE users SET authentication_token='secret' WHERE username='root';"

# Note: you may need to change GITLAB_URL to point to your docker container.
# 'http://docker' is for Docker beta for Windows. 
GITLAB_URL="http://docker:8055" GITLAB_TOKEN="secret" go test -v ./gitlab