GitLab documentation is crafted to help users, admins, and decision-makers learn about GitLab features and to optimally implement and use GitLab to meet their DevOps needs.
The documentation is an essential part of the product. Its source is developed
and stored with the product in its respective paths within the
It’s published at docs.gitlab.com (offering multiple
versions of all product documentation) and at the
/help/ path on each GitLab
instance’s domain, with content for that instance’s version.
Our goal is to create documentation that is accurate and easy to use. The documentation should be easy to browse or search for the information you need, and it should be easy to contribute to the documentation itself.
All standards and practices for contributing documentation are in the GitLab Documentation guidelines.
Documentation is the single source of truth (SSOT)
Contributing to the documentation
Everyone can contribute. For documentation needs resulting from the development and release of new or enhanced features, the developer responsible for the code writes or updates the documentation.
Technical writers monitor the planning and merging of documentation, reviewing all changes before or after merging.
For more information on these processes, see the Documentation section of our Development documentation.
Anyone with Maintainer access is welcome to merge documentation changes to the GitLab master or main branches, provided they believe the content is:
- Clear and sufficiently easy to understand for the intended audience.
- Technically accurate (per their own knowledge or trust in the author or SME reviewers).
- In line with GitLab Documentation guidelines and Style Guide.
GitLab technical writers review all content to confirm it is clear and meets the structure and style guidelines, often making additional improvements.
Note that documentation doesn’t need to be perfect in structure and style to merge. It’s better to publish an improved documentation page and then later refine it than to hold a documentation page in a review process, where users don’t know it exists or are using an inferior version of the documentation page.
However, if you know or suspect that a documentation page has been merged but still needs some additional work or polish, please create another MR or issue.
For more information, see the Documentation section of our Development documentation.
Resources about GitLab documentation
- The Documentation Guidelines:
- The Documentation Markdown Guide
- The GitLab Docs project, which contains the code that pulls the documentation content from multiple repositories and builds docs.gitlab.com
The Technical Writing team
For more information about the team and how we continually improve the GitLab documentation, see Technical Writing in the Product section of the handbook.