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GitKraken allows you to connect to GitLab, which will help you find repos on GitLab when cloning.


  • Create repositories on GitLab account including .gitignore and license
  • Automatically generate an SSH key pair and add it to GitLab
  • Clone from GitLab repo list
  • Identify GitLab repos with remote avatars on graph
  • Add remotes for GitLab repos
  • Create and view Pull Requests

GitLab Authentication

To authenticate with GitLab, navigate to the upper right corner to access Preferences Authentication.

From the Authentication window, select and then hit the button.

This will open a web browser where you will need to log in with your GitLab credentials to allow GitKraken access.

You'll then see a success message below and the connection will be active in GitKraken 🎉

Generating an SSH Key for GitLab

GitKraken uses your local SSH Config from SSH Defaults to fetch and push unless you set up a GitLab-specific SSH key, or enable your local SSH Agent.

Once your GitLab account has been connected to GitKraken, you may easily generate an SSH key and add it to your GitLab account from Preferences Authentication.

Click the magic button and watch what used to be 8 steps be complete in one.

Alternatively add a key from SSH Defaults with or an existing key pair through Add existing SSH key.

OAuth integration with GitLab

GitKraken's integration with GitLab provides handy information about your repositories.

First, you may search through your existing repositories when cloning:

Next, GitKraken presents a list of forks of the current repository when adding remotes:

Of course, you still have the option of manually entering repo URLs.

Note: GitKraken connects to one GitLab account at a time. However, with GitKraken Pro‘s multiple profile support, you can easily switch between profiles that each have their own associated GitLab accounts.

Training resources

Share these resources with your team to explain why collaborating with GitKraken is easier, and to get everyone up and running with GitLab and GitKraken quickly.