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git equivalent of 'hg serve'?




Is there some sort of addon you can use to have a git equivalent of the Mercurial

hg serve 

('hg serve' starts a local web-server which allows you to browse the repository history/branches etc)

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glaucon Avatar asked Mar 27 '13 22:03


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For just browsing files and revisions git instaweb is the right solution.

In addition if you want to set-up an ad-hoc git server for sharing work (push/pull) with some colleagues (which hg serve also allows you to do), you can use:

git daemon --reuseaddr --base-path=. --export-all --verbose --enable=receive-pack 

Your colleagues will use it with something like:

git clone git://<ip-address>/.git project 

Addition 1:

If you want to be able to push to this server, you need to add the --enable=receive-pack option (Thanks to Dominik below).

Addition 2:

It just happened to me so I add it to the answer :-), if you are using a Redhat-based Linux distribution (RHEL, CentOS, etc.) and have an error "git: 'daemon' is not a git command.", then you need to install a seperate package for it:

sudo yum install git-daemon 
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Christophe Muller Avatar answered Oct 14 '22 12:10

Christophe Muller