May 30, 2009

Setting up cgit under Ubuntu

I tried gitweb and wasted most of a day trying to get apache to stop escaping “;” with “%3”, took a hack at a few of the php based git browsers – no luck. That was until I came accross cgit.

First setup the prereques. I had most of what I needed but was missing libcurl, so I ran the following command to add that. I am sure you will need a few other like git-core and build-essentials. sudo apt-get install libcurl4-openssl-dev

Building cgit

git clone git://
cd cgit/
git submodule init
git submodule update

I skip the make install step because I put the binary in a seprate cgi-bin directory anyway.

sudo cp ./cgit /usr/lib/cgi-bin/cgit.cgi

Of course if you use a different location for your cgi-bin you will want to put that in the above command

If /var/www/htdocs/ is your docroot (which mine is) you will want to move the css and png files there:

cp ./cgit.css /var/www/htdocs/
cp ./cgit.png /var/www/htdocs/git-logo.png # the default logo

Configure cgit

Create a file at /etc/cgit and add the following:

snapshots=tar.gz zip

# List of repositories
repo.desc=Ace of the skies
repo.owner=Reb Baron
repo.desc=Sub1 of Project1
repo.owner=Joe Cool

repo.desc=Sub2 of Project1

Configure Apache

Add the following under your virtual host tag:

   # Add the cgi-bin if you don't have one already
   ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ /usr/lib/cgi-bin/
   # Add the trailing slash
   RewriteRule ^/git$ /git/ [R]
   # Pretty urls
   RewriteRule ^/git/(.*)$ /cgi-bin/cgit.cgi/$1 [PT]

At this point you should be able to restart apache and browse to your git repos at http://hostname/git