Self Hosting a Git Server

Written by: Robert R. Russell on Sunday, August 9, 2020.

Which software to use?

With the ZFS backup tool, I want to host the code for it here on my website instead of GitHub. What options are available? If I want to host the bare repo, I can use ssh for write access and add a virtual host for apache so you can have read access. If I want a nice web interface, though, I need a different setup.

A bit of online searching shows four major self-hosted Git web frontends. They are GitLab, Gitea, GitBucket, and Gogs. GitLab and GitBucket are out because they require a lot of extra software to support the service. GitLab could almost qualify as its own Linux distro with a bit more work. GitBucket is nearly as bad. That leaves the two clones, Gogs and Gitea. Gitea is a fork of Gogs with more maintainers. The increase in maintainers gives Gitea a faster issue resolution, so I chose it.

System requirements

Gitea has very moderate system requirements. Golang, about 256MB of RAM, and optionally MariaDB, MySQL, or PostgreSQL. An external database is a recommendation for large sites. I will use MariaDB because I am already using it and have a working scheduled backup of my entire database server.


Since Ubuntu doesn’t have a current package for Gitea, I followed the From binary instructions on I followed the MySQL portion of the Database preparation page to create the needed MariaDB database. I followed the Using Apache HTTPD as a reverse proxy section of the Reverse Proxies page to finish the setup.

The manual setup was quicker than the Docker setup I played with on my lab network.

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