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I have a windows server which I can access locally or remotely over the internet through remote desktop connection, etc.

I want to set up a git repository (something similar to "trunk" in subversion), that can contain a series of repositories for multiple projects.

Does anyone know how I go about doing this? I want to do it using a GUI if possible. I have followed this Git Bash Tutorial but it's very long winded and not exactly what I'm after.

I'm using a Git client called MSYSGIT. Using this I just want to be able to set up remote repositories and start committing source code.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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These days there is a "smart HTTP" upload feature, might even supersede the SSH access. No more private key generating is required, and installing should be easier, because the server component can be written in any language of choice:

If all fails, you can also choose to setup an Apache server, and use the standard git-http-backend CGI binary, see: What are the steps to setup git-http-backend w/ Apache on Windows?

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Note that "these days" was over 2 years ago. As the top answer, I'd be curious to know if anything has changed in your mind? – RyanW Sep 7 '12 at 15:02
Well both are equally supported on Linux, and both are to stay. I don't know much about the Windows situation right now *, other then that I expect HTTP support to be the preferred solution. *since I'm mostly on Mac/Linux "these days" ;) – vdboor Sep 9 '12 at 16:11

Found this post - - check that out which should help.

(help me greatly)

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You could look into using Cygwin + SSH + Gitosis to serve those needs, but unfortunately it will not be a simple point-and-click setup process. I have written a detailed blog post on my recent experiences (including setup procedure).

As for your requirement for this to be a primarily graphical experience, I would recommend all your client systems have TortoiseGit installed. This will prevent the need for using the command line for adding, commiting, push/pulling and so on.

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Which SSH Client option is best to go with? - The TortoisePLink one or the OpenSSH? – Goober Aug 25 '09 at 17:03
Either works, but its probably best to go with openSSH unless you have a reason to do otherwise - if not, stick to the defaults. – Mark Embling Aug 25 '09 at 21:05

You can set it up under Cygwin:

If you go for cygwin, you could do so only on the server and run git-daemon under cygwin, but still use msysgit on the clients.

Making git work properly from cygwin

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It should be noted that git-daemon only provides access using the git:// protocol (not ssh or file), and is read-only. To provide write-access it has to be done over ssh or the filesystem (or an abstraction over it). – Mark Embling Aug 25 '09 at 14:32
More details:… – Mark Embling Aug 25 '09 at 14:35

Here's an alternative windows server for git

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The only GUI method for setting up a Windows Git server is

It's 14 euros for the pre-packaged installer.

(Yes, I'm involved in the project, but it's exactly what the user asked for).

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I'm a very active user of StackOverflow - this, however, is my first post to ServerFault. Thanks for the welcome :) – Nathanael Jones May 21 '11 at 20:44
It's not the ONLY GUI method - there's also (I am not involved in the project & haven't tried it). There also might be others. – rjmunro Jun 27 '12 at 16:01
Please note that this answer is over a year old, and gitstack was only introduced a few months ago. – Nathanael Jones Jun 27 '12 at 16:38

Gogs is certainly worth a look: easy to use (several supported installation options), cross-platform (including Windows), lightweight, open source.

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did you try it? – Janus Troelsen Jul 9 at 12:07

You don't need to use Cygwin just add CopSSH and your good to go.

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And here's yet another alternative windows server for git: WebGitNet

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GitStack is the one I'm currently evaluating.

As I'm beginning this process too (setting up Git server on Windows), and this discussion is over a year old, I thought I'd add that to the mix.

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Check also Gitwin - an OpenSSH enabled Git server for windows. A free edition is also available. Disclaimer: I am the developer :-)

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Gitlab is a great solution, and includes a web based interface. To make it work within your requirements.

  1. Turn on hyperV on your windows server
  2. Spin up a Linux VM
  3. Install Gitlab on the VM
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