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Git repository manager Gitblit goes 1.0 – what makes it different to the others?

Chris Mayer

Yet another Git repository overlord – but trust us, this little project is nifty

Git repository managers appear to be in vogue at the
moment, as enterprises look for the ideal way to tame the wild
 while moving
across to using the version control system.

Now we get to welcome another - as
the open source, pure Java stack Gitblit releases its first
generally available version. But what separates it from other
repository managers that have emerged recently? What separates it
from the likes of Atlassian Stash and


Gitblit has an
interesting backstory
- it was created by
James Moger after he found Git as the solution to his team’s
SVN/CVS woes. Working on it in his spare time, and without company
backing, the project was made free and open sourced under an Apache
license to encourage others to

contribute. Awareness grew
of the project and more started
using it in their working environment. And now we arrive at the
first full version, still keeping those open vibes close to the
project’s heart.

Hosted on RedHat’s platform-as-a-service, OpenShift Gitblit
claims to be able to manage, view and serve multiple Git
repositories and is initially recommended as a tool for smaller
workgroups using centralised repositories. This seems like a sound
notion when releasing your first version – get the groundwork right
and build from there.

There’s varying entry levels for the project, with four
Gitblit GO is an integrated
single-stack solution based on Jetty and seems to be the ideal
choice for those who like Moger.
GitBlit WAR
is for your servlet container, and works best in Jetty,
Gitblit Express, the OpenShift
distro of the project
, is currently in
beta; and there’s
Gitblit Manager, which
what it says on the

This flexibility in how you use Gitblit really adds to the
project’s charm – it’s entirely up to you if you want it just
lurking in the background or to be fully involved in the intricate
Git methods of cloning, pushing and so on.

Integrating into your infrastructure is made simple. There’s
Groovy push hook scripts for fans of that language, a JSON-based
RPC mechanism and a JSON API library for heavier

Gitblit appears to be the perfect answer for smaller
enterprises looking to make the trek from Subversion to Git, but
don’t want to use Github because they’re using private
repositories. The biggest draw for it appears to be its simplicity
to get working, neatly sidestepping the lengthy transfer time
needed for any other tool.

The 1.0 version has LDAP integration (another plus point) so
why not give it a test ride? Check out the
website for more
information. We think this
project has huge potential, as well as looking good

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