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You can use Sign-in restrictions to customize authentication restrictions for web interfaces as well as Git over HTTP(S).


To access sign-in restriction settings:

  1. On the left sidebar, at the bottom, select Admin Area.
  2. Select Settings > General.
  3. Expand the Sign-in restrictions section.

Password authentication enabled

You can restrict the password authentication for web interface and Git over HTTP(S):

In the event of an external authentication provider outage, use the GitLab Rails console to re-enable the standard web sign-in form. This configuration can also be changed over the Application settings REST API while authenticating with an administrator account's personal access token.

Admin Mode

If you're an administrator, you might want to work in GitLab without administrator access. You could either create a separate user account that does not have administrator access or use Admin Mode.

With Admin Mode, your account does not have administrator access by default. You can continue to access groups and projects you're a member of. However, for administrative tasks, you must authenticate (except for certain features).

When Admin Mode is enabled, it applies to all administrators on the instance.

When Admin Mode is enabled for an instance, administrators:

  • Are allowed to access group and projects for which they are members.
  • Cannot access the Admin Area.

Enable Admin Mode for your instance

Administrators can enable Admin Mode though the API, the Rails console, or the UI.

Use the API to enable Admin Mode

Make the following request to your instance endpoint:

curl --request PUT --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN:$ADMIN_TOKEN" "<>/api/v4/application/settings?admin_mode=true"

Replace <> with your instance URL.

For more information, see the list of settings that can be accessed through API calls.

Use the Rails console to enable Admin Mode

Open the Rails console and run the following:

::Gitlab::CurrentSettings.update!(admin_mode: true)

Use the UI to enable Admin Mode

To enable Admin Mode through the UI:

  1. On the left sidebar, at the bottom, select Admin Area.
  2. Select Settings > General.
  3. Expand Sign-in restrictions.
  4. Select Enable Admin Mode.
  5. Select Save changes.

Turn on Admin Mode for your session

To turn on Admin Mode for your current session and access potentially dangerous resources:

  1. On the left sidebar, select your avatar.
  2. Select Enter Admin Mode.
  3. Try to access any part of the UI with /admin in the URL (which requires administrator access).

When Admin Mode status is disabled or turned off, administrators cannot access resources unless they've been explicitly granted access. For example, administrators get a 404 error if they try to open a private group or project, unless they are members of that group or project.

2FA should be enabled for administrators. 2FA, OmniAuth providers, and LDAP authentication are supported by Admin Mode. Admin Mode status is stored in the current user session and remains active until either:

  • It is explicitly disabled.
  • It is disabled automatically after six hours.

Check if your session has Admin Mode enabled

Go to your list of active sessions:

  1. On the left sidebar, select your avatar.
  2. Select Edit profile.
  3. On the left sidebar, select Active Sessions.

Sessions which have Admin Mode turned on display the text Signed in on date of session with Admin Mode.

Turn off Admin Mode for your session

To turn off Admin Mode for your current session:

  1. On the left sidebar, select your avatar.
  2. Select Leave Admin Mode.

Limitations of Admin Mode

Admin Mode times out after six hours, and you cannot change this timeout limit.

The following access methods are not protected by Admin Mode:

  • Git client access (SSH using public keys or HTTPS using Personal Access Tokens).

In other words, administrators who are otherwise limited by Admin Mode can still use Git clients without additional authentication steps.

To use the GitLab REST- or GraphQL API, administrators must create a personal access token or OAuth token with the admin_mode scope.

If an administrator with a personal access token with the admin_mode scope loses their administrator access, that user cannot access the API as an administrator even though they still have the token with the admin_mode scope.

We may address these limitations in the future. For more information see the following epic: Admin Mode for GitLab Administrators.

Also, when GitLab Geo is enabled, you can't view the replication status of projects and designs while on a secondary node. A fix is proposed when projects (issue 367926) and designs (issue 355660) move to the new Geo framework.

Troubleshooting Admin Mode

If necessary, you can disable Admin Mode as an administrator by using one of these two methods:

  • API:

    curl --request PUT --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN:$ADMIN_TOKEN" "<gitlab-url>/api/v4/application/settings?admin_mode=false"
  • Rails console:

    ::Gitlab::CurrentSettings.update!(admin_mode: false)

Two-factor authentication

When this feature is enabled, all users must use the two-factor authentication.

After the two-factor authentication is configured as mandatory, users are allowed to skip forced configuration of two-factor authentication for the configurable grace period in hours.

Two-factor grace period

Email notification for unknown sign-ins

When enabled, GitLab notifies users of sign-ins from unknown IP addresses or devices. For more information, see Email notification for unknown sign-ins.

Email notification for unknown sign-ins

information

All users that are not logged in are redirected to the page represented by the configured Home page URL if value is not empty.

All users are redirected to the page represented by the configured Sign-out page URL after sign out if value is not empty.

To add a help message to the sign-in page, customize your sign-in and register pages.


Re-enable standard web sign-in form in rails console

Re-enable the standard username and password-based sign-in form if it was disabled as a Sign-in restriction.

You can use this method through the rails console when a configured external authentication provider (through SSO or an LDAP configuration) is facing an outage and direct sign-in access to GitLab is required.

Gitlab::CurrentSettings.update!(password_authentication_enabled_for_web: true)