GitLab Pages

GitHub Pages, for GitLab.



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It requires Jekyll to be installed. GitLab Pages will build Jekyll sites or simply copy content from non-jekyll sites to publicPagesDir.

Step 1) Create your deploy key pair

Create a SSH key pair for GitLab to use as deploy keys.

ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "" -f "$(pwd)/keys/id_rsa"

They should be in path keys/id_rsa and keys/

Step 2) Configure GitLab Pages server

Clone this repo and install it's necessary dependencies:

# Already cloned repo
npm install
bower install

Copy default config to custom config file.

cp default_config.js _config.js

Edit your new _config.js file for your setup.

Step 3) Start your GitLab Pages server

And start the server!

npm start


Login using your GitLab User Token at http://localhost:1337.

How It Works

  1. User logs into Web UI, which authenticates against GitLab with node-gitlab and retrieves a private key for subsequent requests.
  2. Select the Project to enable GitLab Pages support for it. Available Projects list is pulled from GitLab with node-gitlab.
  3. The selected project will setup a Deploy Key and Webhook for GitLab Pages.
  4. When the user pushes to GitLab, a webhook event is sent to GitLab Pages server.
  5. The Webhook is handled by gitlab-webhook and the project is pulled (or cloned) with nodegit to the GitLab Pages configured clones install directory.
  6. The gl-pages branch is checked out with nodegit. (This can optionally be configured to be gh-pages branch to work on both GitHub and GitLab).
  7. The public content, a GitLab Page, is served using Expressjs. Each project will be served from a different subdirectory in the form of server.publicUrl/pages/:username/:projectName/. It is recommended that the publicPagesDir be served using Nginx or Apache.

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