How to Clone a project from GitLab using IntelliJ

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What is GitLab?

GitLab is a web-based Git repository that provides free open and private repositories, issue-following capabilities, and wikis. It is a complete DevOps platform that enables professionals to perform all the tasks in a project—from project planning and source code management to monitoring and security.

Why Use GitLab?

The primary advantage of using GitLab is that it allows all team members to collaborate at all stages of the project. GitLab provides tracking from planning to creation to assist developers in automating the entire DevOps lifecycle and achieving the best results possible. GitLab is becoming increasingly popular among developers due to its extensive set of features and codes building blocks.

In this tutorial, I will explain how we can clone a project from GitLab in IntelliJ.

Implementation Steps

Step 1 – Go to GitLab and select the project which you want to clone. Click on the blue color “Clone” button, then copy the hyperlink as shown in the image. You can either Clone with SSH or Clone with HTTPS.

Step 2 – From the main menu, select Git -> Clone

Another way is File ->New -> Project from Version Control

Step 3 – In the Get from Version Control dialog, specify the URL of the remote repository you want to clone. This is retrieved from Step 1. Click the Clone button.

Step 4 – A dialog box will appear to log in to GitLab. Provide the username and password of GitLab. Select the “Log In” button.

Step 5 – When you import or clone a project for the first time, IntelliJ IDEA analyses it. If the IDE detects more than one configuration (for example, Eclipse and Gradle), it prompts you to select which configuration you want to use. Select the necessary configuration and click the OK button. I have selected the Maven project.

Step 6 – Once I have selected the Maven project, a new dialog box will appear. IntelliJ asks you to either Trust the Project or Preview it in Safe Mode. I trust the project, so I have selected the Trust Project button.

Step 7 – IntelliJ will ask if you want to open the project in the current window or New Window. It is always a good practice to open the project in a New Window.

Step 8 – We have successfully imported the GitLab Repository as shown in the below image.

Congratulations on making it through this tutorial and hope you found it useful! Happy Learning!! Cheers!!

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