» Configuring GitLab EE and CE Access

These instructions are for using an on-premise installation of GitLab Enterprise Edition (EE) or GitLab Community Edition (CE) for Terraform Cloud's VCS features. GitLab.com has separate instructions, as do the other supported VCS providers.

Connecting Terraform Cloud to your VCS involves five steps:

On your VCS On Terraform Cloud
Register your Terraform Cloud organization as a new app. Get ID and key.  
  Tell Terraform Cloud how to reach VCS, and provide ID and key. Get callback URL.
Provide callback URL.  
  Request VCS access.
Approve access request.  

The rest of this page explains the on-premise GitLab versions of these steps.

» Step 1: On GitLab, Create a New Application

  1. Open your GitLab instance in your browser and log in as whichever account you want Terraform Cloud to act as. For most organizations this should be a dedicated service user, but a personal account will also work.

  2. Navigate to GitLab's "User Settings > Applications" page.

    This page is located at https://<GITLAB INSTANCE HOSTNAME>/profile/applications. You can also reach it through GitLab's menus:

    • In the upper right corner, click your profile picture and choose "Settings."
    • In the navigation sidebar, click "Applications."
  3. This page has a list of applications and a form for adding new ones. The form has two text fields and some checkboxes.

    GitLab screenshot: new application fields

    Fill out the form as follows:

    Field Value
    (all checkboxes) (empty)
    Name Terraform Cloud (<YOUR ORGANIZATION NAME>)
    Redirect URI https://example.com/replace-this-later (or any placeholder; the correct URI doesn't exist until the next step.)
  4. Click the "Save application" button, which creates the application and takes you to its page.

  5. Leave this page open in a browser tab. In the next step, you will copy and paste the unique Application ID and Secret.

    GitLab screenshot: the new application's application ID and secret

» Step 2: On Terraform Cloud, Add a VCS Provider

  1. Open Terraform Cloud in your browser and navigate to the "VCS Provider" settings for your organization. Click the "Add VCS Provider" button.

    If you just created your organization, you might already be on this page. Otherwise:

    1. Click the upper-left organization menu, making sure it currently shows your organization.
    2. Click the "Settings" link at the top of the page (or within the ☰ menu)
    3. On the next page, click "VCS Provider" in the left sidebar.
    4. Click the "Add VCS Provider" button.
  2. The next page has a drop-down and four text fields. Select "GitLab Enterprise Edition" or "GitLab Community Edition" from the drop-down, and fill in all four text fields as follows:

    Field Value
    Application ID (paste value from previous step)
    Secret (paste value from previous step)

    Terraform Cloud screenshot: add client fields

    Note that Terraform Cloud uses GitLab's v4 API.

  3. Click "Create connection." This will take you back to the VCS Provider page, which now includes your new GitLab client.

  4. Locate the new client's "Callback URL," and copy it to your clipboard; you'll paste it in the next step. Leave this page open in a browser tab.

    Terraform Cloud screenshot: callback url

» Step 3: On GitLab, Update the Callback URL

  1. Go back to your GitLab browser tab. (If you accidentally closed it, you can reach your OAuth app page through the menus: use the upper right menu > Settings > Applications > "Terraform Cloud (<YOUR ORG NAME>)".)

  2. Click the "Edit" button.

  3. In the "Redirect URI" field, paste the callback URL from Terraform Cloud's VCS Provider page, replacing the "example.com" placeholder you entered earlier.

  4. Click the "Save application" button. A banner saying the update succeeded should appear at the top of the page.

» Step 4: On Terraform Cloud, Request Access

  1. Go back to your Terraform Cloud browser tab and click the "Connect organization <NAME>" button on the VCS Provider page.

    Terraform Cloud screenshot: the connect organization button

    This takes you to a page on GitLab, asking whether you want to authorize the app.

    GitLab screenshot: the authorization screen

  2. Click the green "Authorize" button at the bottom of the authorization page. This returns you to Terraform Cloud's VCS Provider page, where the GitLab client's information has been updated.

    If this results in a 500 error, it usually means Terraform Cloud was unable to reach your GitLab instance.

» Finished

At this point, GitLab access for Terraform Cloud is fully configured, and you can create Terraform workspaces based on your organization's shared repositories.