Gitorious was a free and open source web application for hosting collaborative free and open-source software development projects using Git revision control.[2] Although it was freely available to be downloaded and installed, it was written primarily as the basis for the Gitorious shared web hosting service at, until it was acquired by GitLab in 2015.[3]

Developer(s)GitLab, Powow AS, Gitorious AS
Final release
3.2[1] / December 4, 2014; 9 years ago (2014-12-04) (GitHub mirror)
Written inRuby
Operating systemLinux
Available inEnglish
TypeProject management software
LicenseGNU Affero General Public License 3 Edit this on Wikidata
Type of site
collaborative revision control
Available inEnglish
DissolvedJune 2015 (2015-06)
LaunchedJanuary 2008 (2008-01)
Current statusOffline

According to the Git User's Survey, Gitorious was the second most popular hosting service for Git in 2011, with 11.7% of respondents indicating they used it, behind 87.5% using GitHub.[4] On 3 March 2015, Gitorious was acquired by GitLab, who announced service through would be discontinued on 1 June 2015 and encouraged Gitorious users to make use of its import tools to migrate projects to GitLab.

Features and constraints


In addition to source code hosting, Gitorious provided projects with wikis, a web interface for merge requests and code reviews, and activity timelines for projects and developers.[2]

According to the terms of service,[5] if bandwidth usage for an account, project or repository exceeded 500 MB/month, or significantly exceeds the average bandwidth usage of other users or customers, reserved the right to immediately disable or throttle the account, project or repository until the account owner can reduce the bandwidth consumption.

Gitorious AS released the Gitorious software under the AGPLv3[6] as free software.



In August 2013, Gitorious AS was acquired by Powow AS, a Norwegian-Polish consulting company.[7]

Gitorious was then acquired by GitLab as of 3 March 2015. GitLab kept online through May 2015 and added an automatic migration function for project to move to which offers both paid and free hosting services and maintains an open source "community" edition for self-hosting.[8][9]

At the time of the GitLab acquisition, there were four Powow employees behind Gitorious. GitLab CEO Sytse Sijbrandij, responding to comments about the acquisition on Hacker News, wrote that "[Powow] wanted to shut the company down without a bankruptcy". So, GitLab, as a way to bolster their user base, bought Gitorious even though they were not hiring the employees or using the Gitorious software. In addition to providing optional migration to, GitLab opened discussions with about preserving the Gitorious repositories for historical reference.[10] As of mid-2016, as a result of efforts by GitLab, ex-Gitorious staff, and Archive Team, existed as a read-only mirror of its former self, containing some 120,000 repositories comprising 5TB of data.[11]

See also



  1. ^ "Announcing Gitorious 3.2". The Gitorious Blog. 2014-12-04. Archived from the original on 2014-12-06. Retrieved 2014-12-04.
  2. ^ a b "About Gitorious". Archived from the original on 2011-06-18.
  3. ^ " is dead, long live". 15 April 2015. Archived from the original on 2016-04-07. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  4. ^ "Git User's Survey 2011 summary". Git SCM Wiki. sec. 19. Which git hosting site(s) do you use for your project(s)?.
  5. ^ "Terms of Service". 12 September 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-09-23.
  6. ^ "LICENSE - mainline in Gitorious". Archived from the original on 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  7. ^ "Powow AS acquires Gitorious AS". The Gitorious Blog. 2013-08-20. Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  8. ^ Sijbrandij, Sytse (3 March 2015). "GitLab acquires Gitorious to bolster its on premises code collaboration platform". Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  9. ^ Degeler, Andrii (3 March 2015). "Code collaboration platform GitLab acquires rival Gitorious, will shut it down on June 1". The Next Web. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  10. ^ "GitLab acquires Gitorious". Hacker News. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  11. ^ "gitorious valhalla - hosted by VPSSD and Archiveteam". Archived from the original on 2020-01-28. Retrieved 2018-06-06.