Code repository hosting for Nordic research software


This service is for collaborating on code and scripts. It is not designed to be a data sharing or storage service. In doubt please ask

Why use this service, rather than a service like GitHub or BitBucket?

The service we provide is a GitLab instance which targets persons and groups who:

GitHub, Bitbucket,, and similar services are fine services. If you already use them, please continue to do so! They allow hosting public repositories and to some extent also private repositories for free for academia. offers unlimited private repositories. They may offer higher visibility and discoverability than the instance offered by our project.

How to move your repository from another service to this service

Please consult this page.

SSH key fingerprints

Public key fingerprints can be used to validate a connection to a remote server.

These are the public key fingerprints for (in hexadecimal format):

MD5:b8:c9:43:24:33:96:ba:5d:88:84:73:81:38:ac:e6:0f (RSA)
MD5:21:dc:4e:ef:4f:1c:44:f8:d8:5e:3a:30:15:32:e3:4c (ECDSA)

These are the SHA256 hashes:

SHA256:dQ6iP+E6PZ2Ureynaw1eGKqRLJ5RtL4C7qUJlNSvLW8 (RSA)
SHA256:dtWo53mvtXVv3NxZf44kpRIfvJ8edcEqv7HFEltPpa4 (ECDSA)

How to inform us about issues

Please contact

Confirmation email does not arrive in your inbox?

If you do not receive a confirmation email after signing up, you are possibly auto-blocked (we do this to prevent spam registrations). In this case please send an email to and we unblock you.

Please also check your spam folder, though.

Who can use this service?

Students, researchers, and staff affiliated with a Nordic academic institution. If you are not sure whether you can use the system, please contact


I want to be able to create projects and groups - how?

Register your user account using your university email account. Then write an email to where you state your affiliation and in two sentences (or more) describe briefly why you would like to use this service and how you plan to use this service.


Can my collaborators outside the Nordics use this service?

Yes, your collaborators can join your projects but cannot create new projects. Ask them to register and then you can add them to your projects or groups as collaborators. No need to ask us or inform us in order to add external collaborators.

Can I continue using this service after leaving academia?

Write an email to where you describe how you would like to continue to use this service. In general the code created while in academia should remain available and even better if it will be maintained.

How about federated access such as Feide or HAKA or Edugain or Kalmar2?

We are working on it - currently you need a specific user account for this instance. If you create an account with the email address your identity federation gives provides for you, then you can later move to single sign on seamlessly.


Is there a data limit per project?

Currently no limit is enforced but we recommend less than 100 MB per project. This should really be for code and not for persistent storage of data. If you use more, we will contact you. If you need more, please contact us and motivate why you need more and we will see what we can do about it. If you have a good motivation, you will probably get a larger soft limit.

Where is the service located?

The GitLab service is currently run from and the data is stored on servers at the Danish e-Infrastructure Cooperation (DeiC). DeiC is part of the Nordic e-Infrastructure collaboration funding this project.


Is the data backed up?

The entire file system is backed up every day. The schedule is 1/month full backup, 3 out of 4 weeks differential backup, 1/day incremental backup. We reserve the right to reduce the number of days backed up if space becomes an issue.

How will I get notified about service breaks and downtime?

Initially we will announce service breaks through messages displayed once you log into the platform. Later we will set up an opt-in mailing list for service downtime notifications. In addition, we plan to announce service breaks over Twitter via @coderefine.

How do I know that you won't turn it off once your funding runs out?

We are currently funded until October 2021. We are actively working on securing long-term funding for this service. The goal is to create a service for many years to come. If we do not manage to secure long-term funding, we will notify users well in advance and assist in migrating repository and data.

Can I serve GitLab pages?

Yes! GitLab pages now serve via *

Currently only HTTP. TLS is in the works.


CodeRefinery is a project within the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC). NeIC is an organisational unit under NordForsk.


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