Two-factor authentication

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Two-factor authentication (2FA) is required for all accounts on the GitLab instance at There are plans to soften this requirement, for users who only wish to report a bug in particular: see the upstream GitLab ticket at <insert ticket URL here>

Help, I'm blocked by this 2FA page, I don't know what 2FA is and I don't care, I don't have any 2FA device nor even a smartphone, I just want to start using GitLab!

Follow this simple solution:

  • Install the oathtool package on your computer.
  • The 2FA page generates a key for you to use: copy-paste it from the text block on the right of the QR code, and save it into a private file on your computer, for example ~/code.v.o-2fa-key Don't lose this key or let others access it, this will be what authenticates you.
  • Run the command oathtool --totp -b - < ~/code.v.o-2fa-key and enter the code it generates to register on the 2FA page, and then whenever you log in and get prompted for it.