About Gitorious

Gitorious is a great way of collaborating on distributed open source projects

Gitorious provides open source infrastructure for hosting open source projects that use Git. The central entity in Gitorious is the project, which contains one or more top-level repositories and any repositories managed by the project's contributors.
This allows you, as a project administrator, to keep an eye on what people are working on in their individual clones of your repositories. It also lets you merge or provide feedback on their contributions.
Likewise, as a project contributor, you get a place to host your contributions and provide feedback back into the projects ecosystem and easily collaborate with others on the same project. You get your own personal clone of the project on the site that you can work freely in and a way to package up your changes and notify the other project members about your changes.


  • Project hosting
  • Hosting of official project repositories
  • Hosting of project repository clones
  • Project wikis
  • Public merge requests and code review
  • Project activity timeline
  • Developer profiles and activity timelines
  • Built in notification systems
  • Free for opensource projects
  • Commercial support and customizations available


Gitorious was started by Johan Sørensen in the end of 2007 as a way to easily host Git repositories for himself. The idea turned out to be so useful that Gitorious began to offer hosting for other projects as well, for free, eventually opening up for anyone to create an account.

In March 2009 Gitorious.org was folded into Shortcut AS, a software company co-founded by Johan. The intention was to improve Gitorious beyond what was feasible for a single developer to manage. Shortcut's fully owned subsidiary Gitorious AS now officially supports and develops Gitorious in cooperation with contributors outside the company, while still being 100% free software. under the GNU Affero General Public License.

Professional Gitorious services

Gitorious AS, the company responsible for developing Gitorious and maintaining gitorious.org, offers professional services related to Gitorious, including:

  • Installation, maintenance and support for custom Gitorious installations.
  • Branded subdomains on gitorious.org
  • Consulting services: development of custom features, integration, branding and training

For more information about professional Gitorious services, please visit the gitorious.com web site.


The Gitorious codebase is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License unless noted otherwise.

The Gitorious name is a registered trademark of Gitorious AS.

The Gitorious logo is owned by Gitorious AS and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 Norway License.
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