Activate GitLab Enterprise Edition (EE) (PREMIUM SELF)

When you install a new GitLab instance without a license, only Free features are enabled. To enable more features in GitLab Enterprise Edition (EE), activate your instance with an activation code.

Activate GitLab EE

In GitLab Enterprise Edition 14.1 and later, you need an activation code to activate your instance.


  • You must purchase a subscription.
  • You must be running GitLab Enterprise Edition (EE).
  • You must have GitLab 14.1 or later.
  • Your instance must be connected to the internet.

To activate your instance with an activation code:

  1. Copy the activation code, a 24-character alphanumeric string, from either:
    • Your subscription confirmation email.
    • The Customers Portal, on the Manage Purchases page.
  2. Sign in to your GitLab self-managed instance.
  3. On the top bar, select Menu > Admin.
  4. On the left sidebar, select Subscription.
  5. Paste the activation code in Activation code.
  6. Read and accept the terms of service.
  7. Select Activate.

The subscription is activated.

If you have an offline or airgapped environment, activate GitLab EE with a license file or key instead.

If you have questions or need assistance activating your instance, contact GitLab Support.

When the license expires, some functionality is locked.

Verify your GitLab edition

To verify the edition, sign in to GitLab and select Help ({question-o}) > Help. The GitLab edition and version are listed at the top of the page.

If you are running GitLab Community Edition (CE), you can upgrade your installation to GitLab EE. For more details, see Upgrading between editions. If you have questions or need assistance upgrading from GitLab CE to EE, contact GitLab Support.