Exercise 2: Create a new project


Create a new project and import the sample code, see the build process it triggers.

Create the project and upload the code, watch the build fail

  • In the browser, click on Projects -> Your projects, from the top-left of the window.
  • Click ‘New Project’, on the top-right
    • if you don’t have any projects yet, there will be a big ‘Create a project’ button on the left instead
  • Give the project a name, e.g. ‘gitlab-101’ or ‘my-test-project’
    • add a description if you like, e.g. a reference to this tutorial
    • set the project visibility to ‘public’
    • *do not click the ‘Initialize repository with README’ button
  • Click ‘Create Project’
    • that’s all you need to do in this browser window, you don’t need to follow the instructions you see on-screen next, instead do what it says below.

Create an empty directory, go into it, and create an empty git repository there:

mkdir ~/gitlab-test
cd ~/gitlab-test
git init

Add the code to your repository and commit it:

tar xvf ~/tsi-ccdoc/tsi-cc/ResOps/scripts/gitlab/tiny-test.tar

# replace gitlab.com with gitlab.ebi.ac.uk if you're using the EBI gitlab
git remote add origin https://gitlab.com/YOUR_GITLAB_USERNAME/YOUR_PROJECT_NAME.git

git add .
git commit -m "Initial commit"
git push -u origin master

You will be prompted for your usename and password.

Then go to Projects -> Your Projects and click on your project. Go to the CI/CD -> Pipelines tab and watch the progress of your pipeline. Unfortunately it will fail!

Fix the build and try again

The build fails because the code which is uploaded points to my personal project, which only I have access to.

To fix this, edit the .gitlab-ci.yml file, change the APPLICATION name to the name of your project, and the REGISTRY_USER to your gitlab username. Save the file, commit it to git, and push it to the server again. This time, you only need a git push, with no extra arguments.

Go to the CI/CD -> Pipelines tab again, this time it will succeed.


You now know how to create a project in gitlab, how to upload code to it from an existing area on your computer, and how to configure the basic features of the CI/CD pipeline to refer to this project correctly.

Best Practices

Keep your projects small, it’s better to have many small projects than a few large ones with everything bundled in together. It keeps the CI/CD pipeline cleaner and faster, as well as being good coding hygiene in general.

If you have lots of projects, shared between many developers, you can look into using gitlab Groups to organise them.