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GLab is an open source GitLab CLI tool bringing GitLab to your terminal next to where you are already working with git and your code without switching between windows and browser tabs. Work with issues, merge requests, watch running pipelines directly from your CLI among other features. Inspired by gh, the official GitHub CLI tool.

glab is available for repositories hosted on and self-hosted GitLab Instances. glab supports multiple authenticated GitLab instances and automatically detects the authenticated hostname from the remotes available in the working git directory.



glab <command> <subcommand> [flags]

Core Commands

  api:         Make authenticated REST/GRAPHQL requests to the GitLab API
  auth:        Manage glab's authentication state
  issue:       Work with GitLab issues
  label:       Manage labels on remote
  mr:          Create, view and manage merge requests
  ci:          Work with GitLab CI pipelines and jobs
  release:     Manage GitLab releases
  repo:        Work with GitLab repositories and projects

Additional Commands

  alias:       Create, list and delete aliases
  check-update: Check for latest glab releases
  completion:  Generate shell completion scripts
  config:      Set and get glab settings
  help:        Help about any command
  version:     show glab version information


$ glab issue create --title="This is an issue title" --description="This is a really long description"
$ glab issue list --closed
$ glab ci view -b master    # to watch the latest pipeline on master
$ glab ci status    # classic ci view



Learn More

Read the documentation for more information on this tool.


Download a binary suitable for your OS at the releases page.

Quick Install (shell)

Supported Platforms: Linux and macOS

You can install or update glab with:

curl -sL | sudo sh


curl -s | sudo sh

Installs into usr/bin

NOTE: Please take care when running scripts in this fashion. Consider peaking at the install script itself and verify that it works as intended.


Available for download via WinGet, scoop, or downloadable EXE installer file.


winget install glab


winget install glab


scoop install glab


scoop update glab

EXE Installer

EXE installers are available for download on the releases page.


Prebuilt binaries available at the releases page.

Linuxbrew (Homebrew)

brew install glab


brew upgrade glab


Get it from the Snap Store

Make sure you have snap installed on your Linux Distro (

  1. sudo snap install --edge glab
  2. sudo snap connect glab:ssh-keys to grant ssh access

Arch Linux

glab is available through the gitlab-glab-bin package on the AUR or download and install an archive from the releases page. Arch Linux also supports snap.

yay -Sy gitlab-glab-bin

or any other AUR helper of your choice.

KISS Linux

glab is available on the KISS Linux Community Repo as gitlab-glab. If you already have the community repo configured in your KISS_PATH you can install glab through your terminal.

kiss b gitlab-glab && kiss i gitlab-glab

If you do not have the community repo configured in your KISS_PATH, follow the guide on the official guide Here to learn how to setup it up.

Alpine Linux

glab is available on the Alpine Community Repo as glab.


We use --no-cache so we don’t need to do an apk update before.

apk add --no-cache glab

Install a pinned version from edge

To ensure that by default edge will be used to get the latest updates. We need the edge repository under /etc/apk/repositories.

Afterwards you can install it with apk add --no-cache [email protected]

We use --no-cache so we don’t need to do an apk update before.

echo "@edge" >> /etc/apk/repositories
apk add --no-cache [email protected]

Alpine Linux Docker-way

Use edge directly

FROM alpine:3.13
RUN apk add --no-cache glab

Fetching latest glab version from edge

FROM alpine:3.13
RUN echo "@edge" >> /etc/apk/repositories
RUN apk add --no-cache [email protected]


Nix/NixOS users can install from nixpkgs:

nix-env -iA nixos.glab



glab is available via Homebrew

brew install glab


brew upgrade glab


glabis also available via MacPorts

sudo port install glab


sudo port selfupdate && sudo port upgrade glab

Building From Source

If a supported binary for your OS is not found at the releases page, you can build from source:

Prerequisites for building from source are:

  • make
  • Go 1.13+
  1. Verify that you have Go 1.13+ installed

    $ go version
    go version go1.14

    If go is not installed, follow instructions on the Go website.

  2. Clone this repository

    $ git clone
    $ cd glab

    If you have $GOPATH/bin or $GOBIN in your $PATH, you can just install with make install (install glab in $GOPATH/bin) and skip steps 3 and 4.

  3. Build the project

    $ make
  4. Change PATH to find newly compiled glab

    $ export PATH=$PWD/bin:$PATH
  5. Run glab version to check if it worked and glab config init to set up


Get a GitLab access token at or if self-hosted

  • start interactive setup
$ glab auth login
  • authenticate against by reading the token from a file
$ glab auth login --stdin < myaccesstoken.txt
  • authenticate against a self-hosted GitLab instance by reading from a file
$ glab auth login --hostname --stdin < myaccesstoken.txt
  • authenticate with token and hostname (Not recommended for shared environments)
$ glab auth login --hostname --token xxxxx


glab follows the XDG Base Directory Spec: global configuration file is saved at ~/.config/glab-cli. Local configuration file is saved at the root of the working git directory and automatically added to .gitignore.

To set configuration globally

$ glab config set --global editor vim

To set configuration for current directory (must be a git repository)

$ glab config set editor vim

To set configuration for a specific host

Use the --host flag to set configuration for a specific host. This is always stored in the global config file with or without the global flag.

$ glab config set editor vim --host

Environment Variables

GITLAB_TOKEN: an authentication token for API requests. Setting this avoids being
prompted to authenticate and overrides any previously stored credentials.
Can be set in the config with 'glab config set token xxxxxx'

GITLAB_URI or GITLAB_HOST: specify the url of the gitlab server if self hosted (eg: Default is

GITLAB_API_HOST: specify the host where the API endpoint is found. Useful when there are separate [sub]domains or hosts for git and the API endpoint: defaults to the hostname found in the git URL

REMOTE_ALIAS or GIT_REMOTE_URL_VAR: git remote variable or alias that contains the gitlab url.
Can be set in the config with 'glab config set remote_alias origin'

VISUAL, EDITOR (in order of precedence): the editor tool to use for authoring text.
Can be set in the config with 'glab config set editor vim'

BROWSER: the web browser to use for opening links.
Can be set in the config with 'glab config set browser mybrowser'

GLAMOUR_STYLE: environment variable to set your desired markdown renderer style
Available options are (dark|light|notty) or set a custom style

NO_COLOR: set to any value to avoid printing ANSI escape sequences for color output. 

What about Lab?

Both glab and lab are open-source tools with the same goal of bringing GitLab to your command line and simplifying the developer workflow. In many ways lab is to hub, while glab is to gh.

If you want a tool that’s more opinionated and intended to help simplify your GitLab workflows from the command line, then glab is for you. However, If you’re looking for a tool like hub that feels like using git and allows you to interact with GitLab, you might consider using lab.

Some glab commands such as ci view and ci trace were adopted from lab.


If you have an issue: report it on the issue tracker


Feel like contributing? That’s awesome! We have a contributing guide and Code of conduct to help guide you

Support glab

By donating $5 or more you can support the ongoing development of this project. We’ll appreciate some support. Thank you to all our supporters!


This project exists thanks to all the people who contribute. [Contribute].


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Copyright Β© Clement Sam

glab is open-sourced software licensed under the MIT license.