Pull based Mirroring from GitHub for CI is no longer mirrored

Seems like this must have been changed to a paid feature. I haven’t seen any notifications about this, some sort of notice on the repository and/or an email would have been real useful here

I upgraded our account and all the builds just started running again. Since we don’t use the CI minutes. (we have our own runners) though the upgrade seems a bit steep.

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Same here.

We use Gitlab as external CI (we’re required to use Bitbucket for now) and use our own runners.

Upgrading the subscription only for pull mirroring seems a bit much.

Wow that sucks. This seems like a really crap time to do something like this without any warning. Don’t we all have enough to worry about right now.

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I changed to bronze plan and now it is working only for one user which is mine, I wanted to know how should I add more seats, in a way, other users also able to run the PIPELINE by themselves from github?

I thought we could get away from the Bronze edition, since that is what repository mirroring is now on. But it looks like external CI/CD is on the Silver edition.

:frowning: We’re going downhill fast here. Not sure on this next upgrade, it’s 4x the cost of Bronze and the only thing we’re wanting to get is the build status annotated on the pull request in GitHub.

However, for public record, it seems this is documented on their solutions page.


sorry that this caused troubles for you. The announcement and rationale has been shared in this blog post:

The repository mirroring is part of this feature as far as I can see. Still, if it is only for the technical parts of mirroring a repository, you might find this topic useful:

Kind regards,

The referenced above “The free period of CI/CD for GitHub is ending soon” blog post says:

The ability to mirror private external repositories and run CI/CD on them will no longer be available as of March 22, 2020, unless the repositories have been made public or you have upgraded to an eligible GitLab plan.

However, the feature does not seem to be working for public repos anymore!

Hi @ivailop,

since you are new to the topic, can you please share your error message too? Best with a screenshot of your settings and the error you get.

I’ve just checked it with a test account and a public repository on GitLab.com, this works like a charm with selecting Pull and adding the entry. This gets greyed out when adding a second option, if you already have a setting as this would cause conflicts.


For the public https://github.com/s2technologies/testspace.test.ci GitHub project, using “CI/CD for external repos”, I created a mirror https://gitlab.com/s2technologies/testspace.test.ci GitLab project.

Any webhook event (even the very first “ping” one) on the GitHub repo side fails with 400 {"message":"The project is not mirrored"}

One thing to notice, the created GitLab project appears private with no option (it is grayed out) to manually change it to public.

I just notice that our https://gitlab.com/s2technologies GitLab group, where the mirror was created, was actually private! After changing it to public and also changing the mirror https://gitlab.com/s2technologies/testspace.test.ci to be public now in the UI it appears to be fine (it says miror, at least visually on the GitLab side)…
However, the GitHub webhook events now started failing with 500 {"message":"500 Internal Server Error"}


can you share the request the GitHub webhook is sending? There must be something strange in it causing this behaviour. I had asked our engineers, they couldn’t reproduce it thus far.


One more thing to point… Accessing Setting/Repository of the mirror https://gitlab.com/s2technologies/testspace.test.ci GitLab repo results in 500 error page!

I guess, switching from private to public must have left the GitLab mirror repo in a bad state which results 500 errors


ok then you probably have hit a bug with a strange repository state which affects your repository on GitLab.com.

Can you please open a bug report at https://gitlab.com/gitlab-com/support-forum/-/issues including this specific finding and all the logs and timestamps to reproduce/analyse it ?


Sure, here it the issue - https://gitlab.com/gitlab-com/support-forum/-/issues/5339

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OK so we are using bitbucket for our repo (because that is how it was when I got here so it is not an option to host our repo on gitlab) but we use gitlab for our CI for the iOS app portion of that repo only. We are using this method https://docs.gitlab.com/ee/ci/ci_cd_for_external_repos/bitbucket_integration.html

What plan do we need now to get this back?

We are in the same boat. So what plan did you end up needing? We host our repo on bit bucket and use this approach. https://docs.gitlab.com/ee/ci/ci_cd_for_external_repos/bitbucket_integration.html I understand that they posted about this some time ago (somewhere on the internet), but I never received any information about it and I don’t go checking gitlab’s page every day. So it was a bit of a surprise when it just stopped working. Sigh.

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Wow! I break my production because this sudden change. I didn’t get notice about it.

Hey everyone, I’m Parker Ennis, product marketing manager for GitLab CI/CD. I appreciate the discussion here. I wanted to chime in and let you know that we hear you loud and clear and completely understand your frustrations. We apologize that the notifications didn’t get to you with more lead time. Our intent was certainly not to make your life more difficult right now.

We’ll do our best to help and we’re taking your feedback to heart to make the process smoother next time a feature change gets announced. Historically, we haven’t sent any marketing emails to GitLab.com accounts as a way to notify users of changes. With the feedback here, I think we need to reevaluate our approach on whether to send these types of emails to GitLab.com accounts for important updates in the future.

I can also confirm that you should be able to mirror public GitHub projects to public GitLab projects without a paid subscription. However, mirroring a private project on GitHub to a public/private project on GitLab does not work without a subscription.

If you have additional concerns/questions that aren’t covered in the blog or issues that aren’t able to be resolved with the help of team members like @dnsmichi here (thanks for jumping into this thread and assisting!), please open a support issue/bug report via https://gitlab.com/gitlab-com/support-forum/-/issues so that we can further assist.

Thanks again for bearing with us and we’ll learn from this for next time.


Hi which tier do I need? I just need to give my boss a $ figure.

From the original announcement, you’ve got several options depending on your setup:

If you wish to continue using CI/CD for private external repositories past March 22, 2020, you will need to upgrade your plan to at least a Silver plan.

Note: If you are only using repository mirroring without CI/CD then you only need a Bronze plan to continue using this functionality.

If it’s an alternative, you can make your Bitbucket repo public, without the need to subscribe to a paid plan:

If your repo on GitHub.com is public, then it gets mirrored to GitLab.com as a public repo and you have access to CI/CD capabilities.

Let us know if that answers your question.