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Connect to GitLab

Overview

Connecting your GitLab account to dbt Cloud provides convenience and another layer of security to dbt Cloud:

  • Import new GitLab repos with a couple clicks during dbt Cloud project setup.
  • Clone repos using HTTPS rather than SSH.
  • Carry GitLab user permissions through to dbt Cloud IDE's git actions.
  • Trigger Continuous integration builds when merge requests are opened in GitLab.

The steps to integrate GitLab in dbt Cloud depend on your plan. If you are on:

For dbt Cloud Developer and Team tiers

To connect your GitLab account:

  1. Navigate to Your Profile settings by clicking the gear icon in the top right.
  2. Select Linked Accounts in the left menu.
  3. Click Link to the right of your GitLab account.
Link your GitLabLink your GitLab

When you click Link, you will be redirected to GitLab and prompted to sign into your account. GitLab will then ask for your explicit authorization:

GitLab Authorization ScreenGitLab Authorization Screen

Once you've accepted, you should be redirected back to dbt Cloud, and you'll see that your account has been linked to your profile.

For the dbt Cloud Enterprise tier

dbt Cloud enterprise customers have the added benefit of bringing their own GitLab OAuth application to dbt Cloud. This tier benefits from extra security, as dbt Cloud will:

  • Enforce user authorization with OAuth.
  • Carry GitLab's user repository permissions (read / write access) through to dbt Cloud IDE's git actions.

In order to connect GitLab in dbt Cloud, a GitLab account admin must:

  1. Set up a GitLab OAuth application.
  2. Add the GitLab app to dbt Cloud.

Once the admin completes those steps, dbt Cloud developers need to:

  1. Personally authenticate with GitLab from dbt Cloud.

Setting up a GitLab OAuth application

We recommend that before you set up a project in dbt Cloud, a GitLab account admin set up an OAuth application in GitLab for use in dbt Cloud.

For more detail, GitLab has a guide for creating a Group Application.

In GitLab, navigate to your group settings and select Applications. Here you'll see a form to create a new application.

GitLab application navigationGitLab application navigation

In GitLab, when creating your Group Application, input the following:

FieldValue
Namedbt Cloud
Redirect URIhttps://cloud.getdbt.com/complete/gitlab
Confidential✔️
Scopes✔️ api

dbt Cloud single tenant customers need to replace cloud.getdbt.com with the hostname of your dbt Cloud instance.

The application form in GitLab should look as follows when completed:

GitLab group owned application formGitLab group owned application form

Click Save application in GitLab, and GitLab will then generate an Application ID and Secret. These values will be available even if you close the app screen, so this is not the only chance you have to save them.

Adding the GitLab OAuth application to dbt Cloud

After you've created your GitLab application, you need to provide dbt Cloud information about the app. In dbt Cloud, account admins should navigate to Account Settings, click on the Integrations tab, and expand the GitLab section.

Navigating to the GitLab Integration in dbt CloudNavigating to the GitLab Integration in dbt Cloud

In dbt Cloud, input the following values:

FieldValue
GitLab Instancehttps://gitlab.com
Application IDcopy value from GitLab app
Secretcopy value from GitLab app

Note, if you have a special hosted version of GitLab, modify the GitLab Instance to use the hostname provided for your organization instead - for example https://gitlab.yourgreatcompany.com/.

Once the form is complete in dbt Cloud, click Save.

You will then be redirected to GitLab and prompted to sign into your account. GitLab will ask for your explicit authorization:

GitLab Authorization ScreenGitLab Authorization Screen

Once you've accepted, you should be redirected back to dbt Cloud, and your integration is ready for developers on your team to personally authenticate with.

Personally authenticating with GitLab

dbt Cloud developers on the Enterprise plan must each connect their GitLab profiles to dbt Cloud, as every developer's read / write access for the dbt repo is checked in the dbt Cloud IDE.

To connect a personal GitLab account, dbt Cloud developers should navigate to Your Profile settings by clicking the gear icon in the top right, then select Linked Accounts in the left menu.

If your GitLab account is not connected, you’ll see "No connected account". Select Link to begin the setup process. You’ll be redirected to GitLab, and asked to authorize dbt Cloud in a grant screen.

Authorizing the dbt Cloud app for developersAuthorizing the dbt Cloud app for developers

Once you approve authorization, you will be redirected to dbt Cloud, and you should see your connected account. You're now ready to start developing in the dbt Cloud IDE.

Troubleshooting

Errors when importing a repository on dbt Cloud project set up

If you do not see your repository listed, double-check that:

  • Your repository is in a Gitlab group you have access to. dbt Cloud will not read repos associated with a user.

If you do see your repository listed, but are unable to import the repository successfully, double-check that:

  • You are a maintainer of that repository. Only users with maintainer permissions can set up repository connections.

If you imported a repository using the dbt Cloud native integration with GitLab, you should be able to see the clone strategy is using a deploy_token. If it's relying on an SSH key, this means the repository was not set up using the native GitLab integration, but rather using the generic git clone option. The repository must be reconnected in order to get the benefits described above.

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