Installing GitLab 2.1 on Centos 6

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Step 1: Install needed packages

you will need remove installed ruby because repo version is 1.8.7 and we need 1.9 at least

yum remove ruby

yum install wget

enable epel repos


rpm -Uvh epel-release-6-5.noarch.rpm

install required libraries

yum install readline-devel  libyaml-devel gdbm-devel  ncurses-devel  redis openssl-devel zlib-devel gcc gcc-c++ make autoconf readline-devel curl-devel expat-devel gettext-devel  tk-devel  libxml2-devel libffi-devel libxslt-devel libicu-devel httpd httpd-devel gitolite git-all python-devel python-pip sqlite-devel sendmail vim mysql-devel

Step 2: Install Ruby 1.9.3


tar xzvf ruby-1.9.3-p0.tar.gz

cd ruby-1.9.3-p0



make install

Step 3: Install gitolite

Create gitolite-admin user

    useradd -d /home/gitolite-admin gitolite-admin

generate RSA key pair for gitolite-admin user

su gitolite-admin

Move generate public key to gitolite home dir

cp /home/gitolite-admin/.ssh/ /var/lib/gitolite/
chown gitolite:gitolite /var/lib/gitolite/

complete gitolite and gitolite-admin users pairing

su gitolite
gl-setup /var/lib/gitolite/

a editor will opened changue repo permissions to 0007

$REPO_UMASK to 0007
su gitolite-admin
git clone gitolite@localhost:gitolite-admin

in the last command you clone the gitolite-admin repo on gitolite-admin’s home. Gitolite-admin repo is gitolite config

before continue we need configure gitolite-admin git profile

git config –global “gitolite-admin@localhost”
git config –global “gitolite-admin”

add gitolite-admin to gitolite group

usermod -a -G gitolite gitolite-admin

changue gitolite-admin password

passwd gitolite-admin

Step 6 Launch Redis

chkconfig redis on

/etc/init.d/redis start

Step 7 GitLab

Clone GitLab sourcecode

cd /var/www

git clone git://

chown -R gitolite-admin:gitolite-admin gitlabhq/

cd gitlabhq/

Install phython dependencies

pip-python install pygments

Install required gems

gem install bundler

bundle install

su gitolite-admin

bundle install

Prepare config files

cp config/database.yml.example config/database.yml

cp config/gitlab.yml.example config/gitlab.yml

Prepare production enviroment

RAILS_ENV=production rake db:setup
RAILS_ENV=production rake db:seed_fu

you will get these login data


Config gitolite gitlab link

vim config/gitlab.yml

your  git_host: section must be like this

# Git Hosting congiguration
system: gitolite
admin_uri: gitolite@localhost:gitolite-admin
base_path: /var/lib/gitolite/repositories/
host: localhost
git_user: gitolite
# port: 22

fix gitolite permissions

chmod -R 770 /var/lib/gitolite/repositories/

try your installation launching webrick

bundle exec rails s -e production

open a web broser, write  yourhost:3000 and check if everything is working if you get an error send me a comment

Install passenger for Apache

gem install passenger

follow screen instructions

edit apache config file

vim /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

and append these lines at the end

LoadModule passenger_module /usr/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/passenger-3.0.11/ext/apache2/
PassengerRoot /usr/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/passenger-3.0.11
PassengerRuby /usr/local/bin/ruby

enable apache service

/etc/init.d/httpd start

chkconfig httpd on