GoGS on a Pi3 (via Docker)

GoGS on a Pi3 (via Docker)

I’ve been assembling a “full stack”1 for development that runs on my Pi3. This is all happening inside of Docker containers which made cleanup redonkulously easy. Today I was looking at a source code management system; something of a “my own GitHub” which I can run on my own network.

We have GitLab at work; so I wanted something different … also; the authors don’t suggest using a Pi3 for “real.” BitBucket had some (hobbyist?) package for $10, but, it doesn’t support Mercurial2 and also recommends against using a Pi3. Phabricator clearly turns their nose up at the Pi3; next!

I looked at RhodeCode, Kallithea, and then ignored Allura and SCM-Manager since I really didn’t like the way that they looked.

GitBucket was (is) pretty and easy to run, however, it performs poorly on the Pi3.

While looking for PikaCode, I found; Gogs which is now my tool.


Gogs is a (belligerently - a a good thing) painless self-hosted system. It says RaspberryPi and Docker on the front page; I’m in love!

Setup in a Pi3 container went like this;

  1. $ docker pull gogs/gogs-rpi
  2. $ sudo mkdir /var/gogs-pi3
    • here /var/gogs-pi3 is just a host folder that I want GoGS to write to
  3. $ docker create --name=gogs-rpi --restart always -p 3022:22 -p 3000:3000 -v /var/gogs-pi3:/data gogs/gogs-rpi
    • here /var/gogs-pi3 is my earlier host folder
    • /data is the folder that the gogs/gogs-rpi image expects to write to; I don’t know/care how to change it. (Sorry)
  4. $ docker start gogs-rpi

I then launched it from portainer and browsed to the new site to set it up. The configurtaion parameters were a bit finicky, I got them to work;

  • SQLite database in /data/gogs.db
  • correct hostname to reach the Pi3
  • set it to use my GMail account through smtp.gmail.com:587 with an Application Password
  • setup and admin account for me to use
  • didn’t use the built-in SSH-server since that didn’t work quite right

At the moment, I can import a Caffe fork just fine, so I’d say that’s working. There’s an open ticket for Mercurial support but it hasn’t been touched in awhile so … I’m sceptical. The Docker step is really important to me. Being able to pop the whole thing out and discard it from my PC is a critical requirement if I’m going to keep experimenting. I’d really like some sort of Virtual Host system so that I can use the same URL to access the system in and out of my network. An approximation for SSH would also be nice.

Overally; the system is pleasantly responsive - better than the one at work. It’s also clean and easy to navigate. While it lacks a CI thingie; I’m more than happy with Jenkins - so that’s not at all a problem for me.

Going forward; if you/I have to setup a git host for a small business - use this one on a Pi3 with a big hard drive.

  1. for whatever it’s worth [return]
  2. There’s a very patronising response from BitBucket about why they won’t support Mercurial. [return]
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Peter is currently a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. His day work involves applying functional programming to problems with artificial intelligence. Someday maybe he'll retire and be a graphics programmer or demoscene coder.
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