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Cgit is an attempt to create a fast web interface for the git version control system, using a built in cache to decrease pressure on the git server.


Install the cgit package.

To use cgit a web server must be installed on the system, such as Apache.

Configuration of Web Server


You may add the following either to the end of your /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf file or place it in a separate file inside the /etc/httpd/conf/extra/ directory.

ScriptAlias /cgit "/usr/lib/cgit/cgit.cgi/"
Alias /cgit-css "/usr/share/webapps/cgit/"
<Directory "/usr/share/webapps/cgit/">
   AllowOverride None
   Options None
   Require all granted
<Directory "/usr/lib/cgit/">
   AllowOverride None
   Options ExecCGI FollowSymlinks
   Require all granted

Make sure that the cgi module is being loaded in the httpd.conf by uncommenting this line:

LoadModule cgi_module modules/

and restart httpd.service to apply the changes.


The following configuration will let you access cgit through or The cgit url is not perfect (for example you will see "cgit.cgi" in all repos' url) but works.

Create the file /etc/lighttpd/conf.d/cgit.conf:

server.modules += ( "mod_cgi", "mod_alias" )

$HTTP["url"] =~ "^/cgit" {
    server.document-root = "/usr/share/webapps/"
    server.indexfiles = ("cgit.cgi")
    cgi.assign = ("cgit.cgi" => "")
    mimetype.assign = ( ".css" => "text/css" )

alias.url += (
    "/git" => "/usr/share/webapps/cgit/cgit.cgi",
$HTTP["url"] =~ "^/git" {
    cgi.assign = ( "" => "" )

And include this file in /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf:

include "conf.d/cgit.conf"

and restart lighttpd.

Lighttpd sub-domain

This alternative lighttpd configuration will serve Cgit on a sub-domain like with optional SSL support, and rewrites creating nice permalinks:

   # GIT repository browser
   #$SERVER["socket"] == "" {
   $SERVER["socket"] == "" {
     #ssl.engine                    = "enable"
     #ssl.pemfile                   = "/etc/lighttpd/ssl/"
           = ""
     server.document-root = "/usr/share/webapps/cgit"
     index-file.names     = ( "cgit.cgi" )
     cgi.assign           = ( "cgit.cgi" => "/usr/share/webapps/cgit/cgit.cgi" )
     url.rewrite-once     = (
       "^/([^?/]+/[^?]*)?(?:\?(.*))?$"   => "/cgit.cgi?url=$1&$2",


Using fcgiwrap

The following configuration uses fcgiwrap and will serve Cgit on a subdomain like

Start and enable fcgiwrap.socket. Then, configure Nginx:

worker_processes          1;
events {
  worker_connections      1024;
http {
  include                 mime.types;
  default_type            application/octet-stream;
  sendfile                on;
  keepalive_timeout       65;
  gzip                    on;
  # Cgit
  server {
    listen                80;
    server_name ;
    root                  /usr/share/webapps/cgit;
    try_files             $uri @cgit;

    location @cgit {
      include             fastcgi_params;
      fastcgi_param       SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root/cgit.cgi;
      fastcgi_param       PATH_INFO       $uri;
      fastcgi_param       QUERY_STRING    $args;
      fastcgi_param       HTTP_HOST       $server_name;
      fastcgi_pass        unix:/run/fcgiwrap.sock;

Using uwsgi

The following example will setup cgit using the native cgi plugin for uwsgi.

First, install uwsgi and uwsgi-plugin-cgi.

Add below server block to your configuration:

 server {
   listen 80;
   root /usr/share/webapps/cgit;
 # Serve static files with nginx
 location ~* ^.+(cgit.(css|png)|favicon.ico|robots.txt) {
     root /usr/share/webapps/cgit;
     expires 30d;
   location / {
     try_files $uri @cgit;
   location @cgit {
     gzip off;
     include uwsgi_params;
     uwsgi_modifier1 9;
     uwsgi_pass unix:/run/uwsgi/cgit.sock;

Add a uwsgi configuration for cgit.

master = true
plugins = cgi
socket = /run/uwsgi/%n.sock
uid = http
gid = http
procname-master = uwsgi cgit
processes = 1
threads = 2
cgi = /usr/lib/cgit/cgit.cgi

Enable and start the corresponding socket (you could also enable and start the service manually).

# systemctl enable uwsgi@cgit.socket
# systemctl start uwsgi@cgit.socket

Configuration of Cgit

Basic Configuration

Before you can start adding repositories you will first have to create the basic cgit configuration file at /etc/cgitrc.

# cgit config


# Following lines work with the above Apache config

# Following lines work with the above Lighttpd config

# if you do not want that webcrawler (like google) index your site
robots=noindex, nofollow

# if cgit messes up links, use a virtual-root. For example has this value:

Adding repositories

Now you can add your repos:

# List of repositories.
# This list could be kept in a different file (e.g. '/etc/cgitrepos')
# and included like this:
#   include=/etc/cgitrepos

repo.desc=This is my git repository

# For a non-bare repository
repo.desc=That's my other git repository

Or else, it is also possible to configure cgit to automatically search for the repo:


If you use the method above, add the descriptions to .git/description file and add the following lines to show the author:

        owner = John Cena <>

If you are coming from gitweb and want to keep the descriptions and owner information, then use:


For detailed documentation about the available settings in this configuration file, please see the manpage (man cgitrc).

Syntax highlighting

Cgit supports syntax highlighting when viewing blobs. To enable syntax highlighting, you have several options.

Using python-pygments

Install python-pygments and add the filter in /etc/cgitrc


To change the coloring style, modify the style argument that is passed to HtmlFormatter in the file. For instance, to change the coloring style to 'tango':

 formatter = HtmlFormatter(encoding='utf-8', style='tango')

To get a list of all coloring styles that are available, do:

 $ python
 >>> from pygments.styles import get_all_styles
 >>> list(get_all_styles())
 ['manni', 'igor', 'xcode', 'vim', 'autumn', 'vs', 'rrt', 'native', 'perldoc', 'borland', 'tango', 'emacs', 'friendly', 'monokai', 'paraiso-dark', 'colorful', 'murphy', 'bw', 'pastie', 'paraiso-light', 'trac', 'default', 'fruity']

If you want to be able to properly color markdown files, (often called, install python-pygments-markdown-lexerAUR

Using highlight

Install the highlight package.

Copy /usr/lib/cgit/filters/ to /usr/lib/cgit/filters/ Then, in the copied file, comment out version 2 and comment in version 3. You may want to add --inline-css to the options of highlight for a more colorful output without editing cgit's css file.

 # This is for version 2
 #exec highlight --force -f -I -X -S "$EXTENSION" 2>/dev/null
 # This is for version 3
 exec highlight --force --inline-css -f -I -O xhtml -S "$EXTENSION" 2>/dev/null

Enable the filter in /etc/cgitrc

Note: Editing /usr/lib/cgit/filters/ directly would lose all the modifications as soon as cgit is updated.



If you want to integrate with gitosis you will have to run two commands to give apache permission to look though the folder.

# chgrp http /srv/gitosis
# chmod a+rx /srv/gitosis


If you added repositories managed by gitolite you have to change the permissions, so the web server can access the files.

  • Add the http user to the gitolite group:
    • # usermod -aG gitolite http
  • Change permission for future repositories:
  • Change permission for the gitolite home directory, and existing repositories. Run the following two commands:
    • # chmod g+rX /var/lib/gitolite
    • # chmod -R g+rX /var/lib/gitolite/repositories


snapshots does not show properly

If you have enabled scan-path as well as snapshots, the order in cgitrc matters. According to cgit mailing list, snapshots should be specified before scan-path

snapshots=tar.gz tar.bz2 zip

source-filter does not work properly

If you have enabled scan-path, again, the order in cgitrc matters. source-filter should be specified before scan-path, otherwise it will have no effect.