How to install gitosis on Ubuntu

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In the previous post we went over installing git on Ubuntu, we are now installing a package called gitosis so we can host git repositories.
First, make sure you have python-setuptools package installed since gitosis needs python. Open the terminal window and type:

sudo apt-get install python-setuptools

Now we need to get gitosis, type these commands one after another to create src folder in your user directory, clone the source and install it:

cd ~/
sudo mkdir src
cd src/
sudo git clone git://
cd gitosis/
sudo python install

Next, lets create a user that will own the repositories.

sudo adduser \
--system \
--shell /bin/sh \
--gecos 'git version control' \
--group \
--disabled-password \
--home /home/git \

Now we need a public ssh key, we’ll create a local one, it will ask you for a passphrase, enter the one you like:

ssh-keygen -t rsa

Now we need to let the git user use this key:

cp ~/.ssh/ /tmp/
sudo -H -u git gitosis-init < /tmp/

Now lets change the permission on on post-update hook:

sudo chmod 755 /home/git/repositories/gitosis-admin.git/hooks/post-update

Now lets clone gitosis-admin repository (you can get the hostname by typing hostname command in the terminal), navigate to the folder you want the repository to reside in and type:

sudo git clone git@YOUR_SERVER_NAME:gitosis-admin.git

That’s it, you got a local gitosis-admin repo with a config file and a keydir directory.

I will post how to use git and will try to install gitweb (convenient web interface) next.

Edit: I wrote another post on how to install gitweb in Ubuntu if you wish to move on to the next step. 🙂

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