It's easy to get used to the source control UI that comes with web applications like GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket, etc. But what if you're not using it for collaboration but you'd still like a private free repository, or would like to use it without an internet connection?
Enter Gogs—an incredibly lightweight git service, that's super easy to run locally via Docker for Mac.
It's real painless to install, and it lives in a cute little icon on your taskbar.
$ mkdir ~/Dropbox/gogs
All the configuration information and the SQLite3 database will be stored here.
You can follow along with the instructions in the official repository, but there are a few key differences when you're running on Docker for Mac.
# Pull image from Docker Hub. $ docker pull gogs/gogs # Use `docker run` for the first time. # Link the data file in the container to the Dropbox folder $ docker run --name=local-gogs -p 10022:22 -p 10080:3000 -v ~/Dropbox/gogs:/data gogs/gogs
You'll see some output similar to this:
And then go ahead and open up
localhost:10080 in your browser, and you'll see the setup page for Gogs.
I chose the SQLite3 database so I don't have to run a database server in the container—I want to keep the setup as simple and lightweight as possible.
Leave the domain as
localhost, change the SSH port to
10022, leave HTTP Port as
3000, and make sure to change Application URL to
Leave everything else as default, despite what the documentation on the Gogs docker repository says, the instructions are not suited for Docker for Mac1.
Then go ahead and hit the Big Blue Button™.
You'll be greeted with a login screen where you can create a new account (the first user will by default be the administrator).
Before you do anything else, make sure to head to your settings and add an SSH key so you're able to create & push repositories.
You'll see your dashboard, where things operate pretty similarly to what you'd see on GitHub. When creating a repository you'll see instructions copy and paste to add your remote—the path should be correct as long as you followed the above instructions to change the SSH port to
git remote add origin ssh://git@localhost:10022/dan/test-repo.git
And now you can use it similarly to how you would use GitHub or GitLab.
This solution hardly takes any memory at all
(less than a couple of Chrome tabs for me), so I generally keep the container running all the time.
If you're not going to be using it, you can stop the docker process by running
docker stop local-gogs # or whatever you named the process
and starting it up again when you're ready with
docker start local-gogs
You can also run it through Kitematic, a slick docker UI available in the Docker for Mac toolbar icon—you can easily hit start, stop, and even delete the image if you want (just remember to remove the Dropbox folder too, if you want to do a full clean).