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GitLab is a software repository powered by Git. There is a large public instance as well as many independently-run small ones.

Vital signs

Early August 2022, GitLab (the main instance) apparently made plans to delete repositories created on free accounts that had been inactive for more than a year, in order to decrease their hosting costs.[1] After people complained, GitLab announced that they instead going to address the old-repository problem through internal technical measures.[2]


Repositories have numerical IDs. They can be used through{id}.[3] Assuming that the ID of the most recent project is the highest, somewhere between 4% and 13% of IDs have projects at them (95% confidence interval).[4]