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Eensy - Embedded Linux Git Server

Project webpage is located at

What happens when you combine an embedded Linux board, buildroot, MySQL, Gogs, and a host of other utilities into a witches brew of hand crafted configuration and software? You get a full featured embedded git service on a small, low power, low cost device.

This project consists of a mini distro for running a full featured git server on an embedded Linux board.

The following boards are currently supported:

  • Raspberry Pi 2
  • Raspberry Pi 3
  • Beaglebone Black
  • Cubieboard 2

However, if you know your way around buildroot it will run on any board supported by buildroot and Gogs.


  • Easily customizable with default setup.
  • Boot to Gogs configuration and account setup.
  • Default automatic setup and configuration of MySQL server.
  • Runs Gogs externally on port 80 using iptables.
  • Gogs runs as user git, root login is disabled, and sudo is setup.
  • Buildroot based mini distro.
  • Gogs, written in Go, is resource friendly for embedded devices.
  • Uses the usbmount project to mount external media for repository storage.

System Requirements

The build is tested on the following distributions:

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS x86_64

Install Ubuntu System Dependencies

Install the following system dependencies:

$ sudo apt-get install subversion build-essential bison flex gettext libncurses5-dev texinfo autoconf automake libtool mercurial git-core gperf gawk expat curl cvs libexpat-dev bzr


Replace CONFIG below with your board config located in eensy/configs.

To build, you need this repository and a vanilla buildroot repository.

$ git clone
$ git clone
$ cd buildroot
$ make BR2_EXTERNAL=../eensy/ CONFIG
$ make

Create Bootable uSD Card

Insert your uSD card into your PC and see what device node it's using. Make sure and unmount any filesystems on it before continuing.

$ sudo dd if=output/images/sdcard.img of=/dev/sdX bs=1M; sync

Now, you've got a ready to go uSD card.

Setup Instructions

  • Attach any external USB storaged devices you wish to use.
  • Connect up a serial console unless you're feeling lucky.
  • Apply power.
  • The device will initialize and reboot automatically at least once.
  • The defauls login is username: git password: eensy
  • Out of the box, the board uses DHCP. So, figure out the IP address it gets assigned and navigate to that address using a web browser.
  • SSH in or use the console to change the git password by running passwd.


Copyright (c) 2016 Joshua Henderson

Eensy is licensed under the same license as buildroot: the GNU General Public License, either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. See COPYING for more information.