JetBrains CodeCanvas 2024.1 Help

Connect GitLab Repository

  1. In CodeCanvas, on the sidebar menu, select Namespaces, then the namespace you need.

  2. On the sidebar namespace menu, select Repositories.

  3. Click New connection.

  4. Provide repository Name and other settings:

    • Remote repository URL   – the SSH or HTTPS URL of the repository, e.g., or

    • Repository web URL   – the URL of the remote repository's web interface. CodeCanvas will show this link in the repository list. For example, this can be a link to the project's README file on GitLab.

    • Read restrictions – specify who is allowed to view repository contents: Only selected users or All users.

      In the case of Only selected users, you should synchronize this list with your Git hosting service. Learn more

  5. If the repository doesn't require authentication, leave Anonymous in Authentication. Otherwise, choose either SSH (for SSH authentication) or Password (for HTTPS authentication).

    For SSH authentication, you need to provide an SSH key pair. CodeCanvas will use the private key only to clone the repository into dev environments. Users will be required to specify their own SSH key to pull from and push to the repository.

    1. First, generate a new SSH key pair for CodeCanvas. On your local machine, run:

      ssh-keygen -t ed25519

      During key pair generation, you can additionally protect the private key with a passphrase. Finally, your current directory will contain a pair of files, e.g., mykey (private key) and (public key).

    2. On your GitLab server, go to the project | Settings | Repository | Deploy keys and click Add deploy key. Paste the contents of the public key file ( into the Key field and click Add key.

      Deploy key in GitLab
    3. In CodeCanvas, in the Authentication field, select SSH and provide the private key file (mykey) and the passphrase (if you've specified it during key pair generation).

      Add private key

    For GitLab, you can generate a personal access token and use it as the password. CodeCanvas will use this token only to clone the repository into dev environments. Users will be required to specify their own GitLab credentials to pull from and push to the repository.

    1. In GitLab, go to your profile | Preferences | Access Tokens and under Personal access tokens, click Add new token.

    2. Select the read_repository scope and click Create personal access token.

      Create token in GitLab
    3. Copy the token and specify it in CodeCanvas as a repository Password and your GitLab username as Username.

  6. You can first Test connection, and if everything is OK, click Connect. After this, the repository will appear in the Repositories list.

Last modified: 17 May 2024