Time for a change?

The repository hosting platform now provides support for mercurial repositories

Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
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If you are looking for something new to host your mercurial repositories on or the existing options simply do not suit you, fear not! The open source repository hosting platform now supports mercurial repositories. Let’s take a closer look.

If you missed the news, now supports mercurial as well!

If you are not familiar with, keep scrolling and have a look at our comprehensive introduction below.

But for those of you eager to hear about the latest news, let’s dig in!

Hosting mercurial repositories on now made it possible to host your mercurial repositories on the platform and here are the main features offered by

  • Creating new repositories is done on the create page, which you can access from any page via the navigation on the top right.
  • You can also create a new repository by pushing to one that does not yet exist and clicking the link which is printed in the hg push output to complete the creation process.
  • Users with read access will be able to clone and view private repositories on the web, and users with write access will be able to push new to your repository. Users with write access will not be able to edit your repository’s settings.
  • Deleting a repository cannot be undone, but this does not delete any other resources that may be associated with this project, such as a ticket tracker on or build history on

Head over to the official manual to find all the relevant information on how to host your mercurial repositories on



If you feel like the git version control platforms out there are great but don’t quite have what you are looking for, we are here to provide you with the newest alternative. (pronounced as sir hat) is an open source software suite for managing your software development projects. But why is it any different from the existing platform options like GitHub, GitLab or Bitbucket? As its creator, Drew DeVault, argues:

Unlike GitHub, which is almost entirely closed source, and Gitlab, which is mostly open source but with a proprietary premium offering, all of is completely open source, with a copyleft license.

If this is the best git hosting alternative or not, it’s up to you to decide. But for now, please meet!

What can you do on Well, pretty much everything.

The current alpha version of provides, among others, git repository hosting, continuous integration, and markdown- and git-driven wiki services as well as task dispatcher and service integration tool and many more!

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The main features of include:

  • Completely open source software
  • Composable Unix-style mini-services that let you use only what you need
  • All features work without JavaScript
  • No tracking or advertising

The features of the git hosting repository service as well the git-driven wiki services include:

  • Public, private, and “unlisted” repositories
  • Fine-grained access control, including access for users without accounts
  • Software release management
  • Allows you to use git to version control and manage your wiki
  • Use any organizational hierarchy you like, a flat wiki is not imposed

This is how a git repository looks like:


Head over to  Drew DeVault’s blog post for more information on and what it has to offer you.

Getting started

There is not much to say, really. The only thing that you should keep in mind is that is still under heavy development, and while many of the services are usable, you should expect to find lots of missing polish, broken links, and incomplete docs.

Other than that, feel free to visit sr.hat and have a look around or check out the detailed instructions on download and installation.

Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou was the editor for Coming from an academic background in East Asian Studies, she decided that it was time to go back to her high-school hobby that was computer science and she dived into the development world. Other hobbies include esports and League of Legends, although she never managed to escape elo hell (yet), and she is a guest writer/analyst for competitive LoL at TGH.

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