GitList: View Your Git Repositories on the Web

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could host your own private GitHub, for browsing your local repositories or remote ones you host on your own server? Well, there’s a new PHP application in town that lets you do exactly that. GitList, the self-described “elegant and modern git repository viewer” adds a simple web interface for your repositories, allowing you to browse commits and code. It’s still in its infancy, but it has the basics.

Setup was a little bit of a hassle at first, due to some dependency issues with the development version I was trying to install. I would definitely recommend downloading the stable version from The installation instructions are simple enough, though the script seems to prefer having its own domain or subdomain. (GitList doesn’t use absolute URLs, and there is no documented configuration option to set a base directory other than the domain root.)

Once you get it up and running, it’s a convenient way to view commits. I’d probably be using it regularly if I wasn’t already hosting my private repositories on BitBucket.