Mac gitlab-install fails on register


Newbie here. Followed documented steps ( to install gitlab-runner.

In step 3 you type gitlab-runner register, I do this and get the immediate result:

line 1: syntax error near unexpected token newline' line 1: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>’

I had a second mac, with a clean OS install I did yesterday, followed same three steps and had the same error msg.

Can someone provide direction?

Hmm, are you sure the Runner is correctly downloaded? Can you run:

file $(which gitlab-runner)

did that, results:

XML 1.0 document text, ASCII text

I’m not sure if my problem is resolved, however, in experimenting I did the following:

  1. Downloaded from the file
  2. Did the permission to execute, renamed to gitlab-runner and moved it to the /usr/local/bin
  3. Ran the following cmd ./gitlab-runner register and was given the expected prompt:

Please enter the gitlab-ci coordinator URL (e.g.

SO… Difference is I downloaded a different file, and didn’t use curl… not sure if what I am doing is right…


Now I get different error. Got further in the steps. but ends with the following:

ERROR: Registering runner… failed runner=zZFjjbKs status=404 Not Found
PANIC: Failed to register this runner. Perhaps you are having network problems

If I’m having network problems, I’m not aware as all other services/apps/media I consume are working fine.

Runner cannot be downloaded correctly using URL from documentation for Mac. The problem is that url responds:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <Error><Code>AccessDenied</Code><Message>Access Denied</Message><RequestId>78FF07BECE59008D</RequestId><HostId>XTDYb8KdGwBWZZFjZCQQaqmyT0mCUZVcvLKaEun4ORIZYxfOGNv6B7fr1qrvk+xyOEjRARgJgg8=</HostId></Error>

It should respond with gitlab-runner binary.

This URL is used in documentation “Install on macOS”:

I am dealing with the same issue right now.

Appreciate hearing that, still haven’t found a solution and going a little bonkers trying to figure it out. Glad to hear someone else is having this.

If I come up with a solution, and it’s before you do. I’ll post it here.

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so not sure if this is a solution or not. but I didn’t bother using curl to download the latest version as the instructions indicate. Instead I used the bleeding edge link and found a tag for v10.0.0-rc.1. I swapped master with the tag in the url (for instance on the mac:

Once downloaded I set the permission and changed the name to gitlab-runner and moved the file to /usr/local/bin

It runs fine for me now after I fixed one other error on my part. When it asked for the gitlab-ci coordinator URL I gave the full path vs the root (example vs what I was doing

Once I fixed that, the runner registered as expected.

Hope that helps.

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Awesome fix man! It works for me now, when using your workaround. They need to update those docs or something :confused:

Also experiencing this issue.

Worked for me as well. Thank you for the tip!

I had to download the .deb package and just installed it with gdebi & everything is kosher now.

I had initially tried installing with apt, so be sure if you did this to apt remove gitlab-runner first.