This article describes how to setup one way integration of GitLab with Apiary. Once complete, any change made in GitLab will be published on Apiary.


A one way integration is a connection between GitLab with Apiary through GitLab’s continuous integration (CI) where the API description (API Blueprint or Swagger) can be changed only from GitLab.

A push of a new version of an API description into the GitLab will trigger a CI deployment of the new version into Apiary. With this setup you won’t be able to modify your API description inside Apiary as no changes are propagated from Apiary back to the GitLab.

Optionally, you may also include the API tests in this integration. While in this article we will be using GitLab as the VCS and GitLab CI as examples, but it should be possible to create a similar setup using any other VCS and CI providers.

1. Create an API Project at Apiary

Create a new API Project in Apiary if you haven’t done so already. You may also select an existing API project. You will need the subdomain of the API project in which you are wanting to sync with GitLab. The subdomain can be found by going to the settings for your API project and look at the heading “Settings for subdomain ." We will refer to this as the subdomain throughout this document.

2. Generate Apiary Token

Generate your personal Apiary token.

This token will be needed to setup the CI later. Any pushes to GitLab will be propagated to Apiary using this token and therefore your credentials.


Please be sure to keep this token safe, as it allows any person or service with this token to have all of your privileges. It is also important that you do not check this token into your code and push it to GitLab.

3. Create or select a GitLab project

Create or select a project on GitLab that should host the API description. Make sure you have permissions to set variables and use the pipeline. To create a new project in GitLab, select “New Project” from the GitLab dashboard.

4. Commit your API description document

Commit your API description document to the respository and name it apiary.apib. You may use a different path if desired, and if so, please note what that is for steps below.


While you can use git locally and create commits to push into GitLab, you can also use GitLab’s web application to add a file.

5. Add token as variable in GitLab

We will be pushing the API description document into Apiary by way of the Apiary CLI tool. In order for this tool to authenticate, it needs the token that was generated in the previous step.

Navigate to your GitLab project and select the gear in top right. From the drop down, select “Variables.” This will prompt you for a key and a value. For the key, enter APIARY_API_KEY, and for the value, enter the token from the previous step.

GitLab has documentation for defining variables. Please consult this for more information on how to use variables in their CI feature.

6. Add GitLab CI configuration file

GitLab nice documentation for getting started with their CI feature. All of their CI functionality will show up under the “Pipelines” section for a repository.

This section denotes two tasks to complete to get CI working.

  1. Turn on Shared Runners
  2. Configure a .gitlab-ci.yaml file

To turn on Shared Runners, click the gear icon in the top right and select “Runners” from the list. Ensure the Shared Runners are turned on for your GitLab project.

Next, configure how GitLab CI works for this project. Below is an example configuration file that installs the Apiary CLI tool and uses it to publish to Apiary. The configuration file assumes you have set the token and have named your file apiary.apib. To use it, change the <subdomain> text to your subdomain for your API project in Apiary.

Additionally, if you used a different path above for the file, you’ll need to change the path in the push command as noted in our documentation.

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  - gem install apiaryio

  - deploy

  stage: deploy
    - apiary publish --api-name="<subdomain>"
    - master

Once this file is committed to master, your API description document will be published to Apiary.

GitLab CI Pending

You should see any changes made in GitLab show up in Apiary automatically after the deploy script finishes in GitLab CI.


If you have followed all the steps in this article, your changes in your API description on GitLab will be pushed to Apiary. This means your API documentation is always living up to what has been merged in to the master branch of your API implementation!