How to change source from github to gitlab for exisiting production application for app platform?

I migrated from github to gitlab because it has option to set protected branches on free tier.

Can someone please suggest how to change the source from github to gitlab for exsiting applications.

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Greg M
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July 19, 2022

Hello! You can change the source on the app spec from github to gitlab via the UI or API.

For the UI, you just download your app spec in the settings tab, edit the component spec from github to gitlab, and upload the spec yaml back to the UI.

This will create a deployment using your app spec.

From the API, the process is similar, you just upload the app spec using doctl apps update or use the http api.

You may run into an error due to your gitlab account not being associated with your DO account. If that happens you should go to the apps creation page (you won’t need to actually create an app), configure your gitlab access by clicking the gitlab radio button, then hitting manage access (and following the steps to allow DigitalOcean to access your gitlab account).

After that, try updating your app component’s source again by re-uploading the app spec.

Bobby Iliev
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July 19, 2022

Hi there,

One way to do this would be to change your App Spec and specify the new source of your project:

You can change the source accordingly and then do a standard deployment with the new app specification.

Hope that this helps!



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