Gitlab > Impossible to enable Group Access Token


I’m trying to add a bot to upgrade automatically dependencies, Looks like they require a Group Access Token.

When I’m going to the group access token section it’s said " Group access token creation is disabled in this group. You can still use and manage existing tokens. [LeYou can enable group access token creation"

When I’m going to Group > General setting > Permissions and group features > Permissions, there is not checkbox " Users can create project access tokens and group access tokens in this group ."

What I’m doing wrong ? there documentation say

And I have

Let me know if you have a solution for me!



Hi @BenjaminBeguin :wave: ,

On SaaS, Group access tokens are only available if you have Premium license tier or higher. (source). Sorry for any confusion.

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Sorry for reviving this topic. I had the same issue und would like to make a suggestions here.

This part of the documentation should state that enabling group access tokens is a premium or self hosting feature only. As the Gitlab documentation usually does.

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Sorry Greg, but this dismisses the underlying issue.

Nowhere in the console is this licensing restriction clear. The only instruction on the page Settings > Access Tokens is the following:

“You can enable group access token creation in group settings.”

If you click Group > Settings, there is absolutely no mention of Access Tokens.

The user is being given instructions, that to a non-premium member are, per the issue title, impossible.

Is it not possible to simply grey-out the Settings > Access Tokens and put it behind a paywall if you’re going to charge for it?

In documentation on top it is said that this feature is available for free version too. But I can’t see it.

I see it on my Gitlab self-hosted install. Select the group that you wish to create access tokens for, then click Settings → Access Tokens.


See this specific docs section: Group access tokens | GitLab

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The document states:

Tier: Free, Premium, Ultimate
Offering: SaaS, self-managed

I agree that the error messages are misleading, and led me on a fool’s errand, looking for settings that did not exist in my account. It wasn’t until finding this conversation that I understood what was going on.

Thanks for the feedback. I have created an issue to propose documentation, and group settings updates. Group Access Token availability on SaaS is unclear (docs, settings) (#442671) · Issues · / GitLab · GitLab

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FYI, the documentation has been updated with this MR. The issue remains open to find a solution for the product settings.

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