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git-server-windows: a git http server specifically for Windows

git-server-windows is a simple, easy to configure git server specifically designed for Windows. It works around the common SPAWN error regarding the execution of git-receive-pack. It supports authentication.


git for Windows needs to be installed on the machine prior to running git-server-windows


 # npm install git-server-windows

Prepare the environment

git-server-windows uses two batch files in order to execute certain git commands. Those batch files need to be located in the path you're running your git server.

 # copy node_modules/git-server-windows/*.cmd .

The files are called git-receive-pack.cmd and git-upload-pack.cmd

After copying those files, your project folder should at least contain the following elements:

 index.js                // your server implementation

Initializing bare git repositories

Every git repository on your server must be initialized as a bare repository before it can be used with the server.

First create a subfolder for the repositories inside your project folder:

 # md repos
 # cd repos

Then (for each planned repository) create a subfolder inside the repos folder:

 # md myRepository
 # cd myRepository

 # git init --bare

Create the server code

For a basic server put this into your index.js:

// This is a simple example for a basic git server with no authentication 
var Git = require('git-server-windows');

Starting the git server

 # node index.js
 Git Server listening on port 8080 ...

Test the git server with a git client

In this example, let's assume you already have a local git repository which you want to store on your newly created git server. You can do this by adding a remote to your git project which points to the server:

 # git remote add myserver

and then pushing your code to this remote:

 # git push -u myserver master

Advanced configuration

The git server can be configured using a parameter object on creation:

   port: 8080,
   baseURL: '/git',
   repoDir: 'repos',
   defaultUsers: [],
   repositories: OBJECT

By default the server will be started on port 8080, using /git as the base URL, repos as the subfolder name of your repositories and an empty user list. All of the subfolders of repos will be used as repositories.


The baseURL configuration parameter is used to determine the base URL part of your git URL.

Example: If you want to access your server as you'd have to set

baseURL: '/mygit'


The repoDir configuration parameter defines the name of the project subfolder that contains the git repositories.


defaultUsers is an array of Git.User objects. If you specify such a list, the repository users will have to authenticate before they can push to the repository:

var myUser = new Git.User({
   username: 'myusername',
   password: 'mypassword'
Git.server({ defaultUsers: [myUser] });


By default, every subfolder of the folder specified by repoDir will be used as a repository with the users specified by defaultUsers.

If you want to change the list of users that can authenticate themselves against a repository on a per-repository basis, you can use the repositories configuration parameter:

   defaultUsers: [myUser],
   repositories: {
      'myOtherRepository' : []

In this example, users need to authenticate to every repository but myOtherRepository

var myUser = new Git.User({
   username: 'myusername',
   password: 'mypassword'
var anotherUser = new Git.User({
   username: 'myotherusername',
   password: 'myotherpassword'
   defaultUsers: [myUser],
   repositories: {
      'myOtherRepository' : [anotherUser]

In this example, the user myUser can authenticate against every repository but myOtherRepository which requires anotherUser to authenticate.