Notes: Introduced in GitLab 9.1.

As a benefit of having the usage ping active, GitLab lets you analyze the users' activities of your GitLab installation. Under /admin/cohorts, when the usage ping is active, GitLab will show the monthly cohorts of new users and their activities over time.


How do we read the user cohorts table? Let's take an example with the following user cohorts.

User cohort example

For the cohort of June 2016, 163 users have been added on this server and have been active since this month. One month later, in July 2016, out of these 163 users, 155 users (or 95% of the June cohort) are still active. Two months later, 139 users (or 85%) are still active. 9 months later, we can see that only 6% of this cohort are still active.

The Inactive users column shows the number of users who have been added during the month, but who have never actually had any activity in the instance.

How do we measure the activity of users? GitLab considers a user active if:

  • the user signs in
  • the user has Git activity (whether push or pull).


  1. Activate the usage ping
  2. Go to /admin/cohorts to see the user cohorts of the server