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This project makes it incredibly easy to host a secure git server with a config that can be easily rolled back.

It aims to solve a number of problems other git servers have:

  • Requires no external dependencies other than the binary and git
  • Stores its configuration in a repo managed by itself
  • Doesn’t hook into the system’s user accounts
  • No vendor lock-in – everything is just a bare git repository


The main goal of this project is to enable simple git hosting when a full solution like Bitbucket, Github, Gitlab, Gitea, etc is not needed.

This project was inspired by gitolite and gitosis, but also includes a built-in ssh server and some additional flexability. It is not considered stable, but should be usable enough to experiment with.

Thankfully because all the repos are simply stored as bare git repositories, it should be fairly simple to migrate to or from other git hosting solutions. There is no vendor lock-in.


Build requirements:

  • Go >= 1.13

Runtime requirements:

  • git (for git-receive-pack and git-upload-pack)


Clone the repository somewhere, outside the GOPATH. Then, from the root of the source tree, run:

go build

This will create a binary called go-gitdir.


Server Config

There are a number of environment variables which can be used to configure your go-git-dir instance.

The following are required:

  • GITDIR_BASE_DIR – A directory to store all repositories in. This folder must exist when the service starts up.

The following are optional:

  • GITDIR_BIND_ADDR – The address and port to bind the service to. This defaults to :2222.
  • GITDIR_LOG_READABLE – A true value if the log should be human readable
  • GITDIR_LOG_DEBUG – A true value if debug logging should be enabled

Runtime Config

The runtime config is stored in the “admin” repository. It can be cloned and modified by any admin on the server. In it you can specify groups (groupings of users for config or convenience reasons), repos, and orgs (groupings of repos managed by a person).

Additionally, there are a number of options that can be specified in this file which change the behavior of the server.

  • implicit_repos – allows a user with admin access to that area to create repos by simply pushing to them.
  • user_config_keys – allows users to specify ssh keys in their own config, rather than relying on the main admin config.
  • user_config_repos – allows users to specify repos in their own config, rather than relying on the main admin config.
  • org_config_repos – allows org admins to specify repos in their own config, rather than relying on the main admin config.


Simply run the built binary with GITDIR_BASE_DIR set and start using it!

On first run, go-git-dir will push a commit to the admin repo with a sample config as well as generated server ssh keys. These can be updated at any time (even at runtime) but if the server restarts and the keys cannot be loaded, they will be re-generated.

Note that you will need to manually clone the admin repository (at $GITDIR_BASE_DIR/admin/admin) to add a user to config.yml and set them as an admin.

Sample Config

Sample admin config.yml:

    is_admin: true
      - ssh-ed25519 AAAAC3NzaC1lZDI1NTE5AAAAIDeQfBUWIqpGXS8xCOg/0RKVOGTnzpIdL7r9wK1/xA52 [email protected]
      personal-gitdir: {}

    - belak

    public: true

      - $admins
      - some-other-user

      - $admins
      - some-org-user
      - some-other-org-user

          - some-repo-access-user

  implicit_repos: false
  user_config_keys: true
  user_config_repos: false
  org_config_repos: false

Repo Creation

All repos defined in the config are created when the config is loaded. At runtime, if implicit repos are enabled, trying to access a repo where you have admin access will implicitly create it.