How can I clone a private GitLab repository?

The Solution to How can I clone a private GitLab repository? is

It looks like there's not a straightforward solution for HTTPS-based cloning regarding GitLab. Therefore if you want a SSH-based cloning, you should take account these three forthcoming steps:

  • Create properly an SSH key using your email used to sign up. I would use the default filename to key for Windows. Don't forget to introduce a password!

    $ ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "[email protected]" -b 4096
    Generating public/private rsa key pair.
    Enter file in which to save the key ($PWD/.ssh/id_rsa): [\n]
    Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase):[your password]
    Enter same passphrase again: [your password]
    Your identification has been saved in $PWD/.ssh/id_rsa.
    Your public key has been saved in $PWD/.ssh/
  • Copy and paste all content from the recently generated into Setting>SSH keys>Key from your GitLab profile.

  • Get locally connected:

    $ ssh -i $PWD/.ssh/id_rsa [email protected]
    Enter passphrase for key "$PWD/.ssh/id_rsa": [your password]
    PTY allocation request failed on channel 0
    Welcome to GitLab, you!
    Connection to closed.

Finally, clone any private or internal GitLab repository!

$ git clone

Cloning into 'ROBIBarcodes'...
remote: Counting objects: 69, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (65/65), done.
remote: Total 69 (delta 14), reused 0 (delta 0)
Unpacking objects: 100% (69/69), done.

~ Answered on 2018-04-28 17:04:05

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