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A tool that sets up a git user that let's you run scripts or hit HTTP endpoints when you push code to it.


You need a Linux server with git and sshd installed.


On your server, run:

$ curl | bash

This will install gitreceive into /usr/local/bin. Alternatively, clone this repo and put gitreceive wherever you want.

Using gitreceive

Set up a git user on the server

$ gitreceive init
Created receiver script in /home/git for user 'git'.

Modify the receiver script

By default it will POST all the data to a RequestBin:

$ cat /home/git/receiver
echo "----> Posting to $URL ..."
curl \
  -X 'POST' \
  -F "repository=$1" \
  -F "revision=$2" \
  -F "username=$3" \
  -F "fingerprint=$4" \
  -F contents=@- \
  --silent $URL

The username is just a name associated with a public key. The fingerprint of the key is sent so you can authenticate against the public key you might have for that user.

The repo contents are streamed into STDIN as an uncompressed tar archive. You can put them into a directory on the server with a line like this in your receiver script:

mkdir -p /some/path && cat | tar -x -C /some/path

Create a user by uploading a public key from your laptop

$ cat ~/.ssh/ | ssh "gitreceive upload-key progrium"

The username is just an arbitrary name associated with the key, mostly for use in your system for auth, etc.

Add a remote to a local repository

$ git remote add demo

The repository example.git will be created on the fly when you push.


$ git push demo master
Counting objects: 5, done.
Delta compression using up to 4 threads.
Compressing objects: 100% (3/3), done.
Writing objects: 100% (3/3), 332 bytes, done.
Total 3 (delta 1), reused 0 (delta 0)
remote: ----> Receiving progrium/gitreceive.git ... 
remote: ----> Posting to ...
remote: ok
To git@gittest:progrium/gitreceive.git
   59aa541..6eafb55  master -> master

So what?

You can use gitreceive not only to trigger code, but to provide feedback to the user and affect workflow. Use gitreceive to:

  • Deploy on any arbitrary platform
  • Run your build/test system as a separate remote
  • Integrate custom systems into your workflow
  • Build your own Heroku
  • Push code anywhere



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