How to Install Gitea Self-hosted Git Service using Docker on Ubuntu 18.04
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- What we will do?
- Step 1 - Install Docker-CE
- Step 2 - Install Docker Compose
- Step 3 - Deploy Gitea as Docker Container
- Step 4 - Gitea Post-Installation
- Step 5 - Create First Repository in Gitea
- Step 6 - Testing First Commit
Gitea is a fork of Gogs, the easy to use self-hosted Git service. It is similar to GitHub, Bitbucket, and Gitlab. Gitea is lightweight code hosting solution written in Go, can run on minimal hardware requirements. It is a cross-platform application, can run anywhere Go can be compiled such as Windows, Linux, MacOS, ARM etc.
In this tutorial, I will show you step-by-step how to install and configure the lightweight Git service using Gitea. We will deploy the Gitea server using Docker and will be using the PostgreSQL database and Traefik Reverse proxy. For this guide, we will be using the latest Ubuntu 18.04 Server.
- Ubuntu 18.04
- Root privileges
What we will do?
- Install Docker-CE
- Install Docker Compose
- Deploy Gitea as Container using Docker
- Gitea Post-Installation
- Create First Repository
- Testing First Commit
Step 1 - Install Docker-CE
The first step we will do for this guide is to install the Docker community edition to the Ubuntu 18.04 server. We will install the Docker CE package from the official Docker repository.
Add the Docker and Docker repository by running commands below.
curl -fsSL https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu/gpg | sudo apt-key add -
sudo add-apt-repository \
"deb [arch=amd64] https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu \
$(lsb_release -cs) \
The 'add-apt-repository' command will automatically update the repository.
Now install the Docker CE package.
sudo apt policy docker-ce
sudo apt install docker-ce=18.06.1~ce~3-0~ubuntu
When the installation is complete, start the docker service and enable it to launch everytime at system boot.
sudo systemctl start docker
sudo systemctl enable docker
Docker CE is up and running on the Ubuntu 18.04 server. Verify the installation by checking the docker version.
or run the docker 'hello-world'.
docker run hello-world
Step 2 - Install Docker Compose
Docker-Compose is a command line tool for defining and managing multi-container docker applications. It allows you to create a container as a service, great for your development, testing and staging environment.
Install Docker Compose by downloading the binary file and make it an executable.
sudo curl -L https://github.com/docker/compose/releases/download/1.22.0/docker-compose-$(uname -s)-$(uname -m) -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
Now check the docker-compose command.
Docker Compose is now installed.
Step 3 - Deploy Gitea as Docker Container
In this step, we will create a new docker-compose script that contains all services configuration including PostgreSQL Database and Traefik reverse proxy. We will set up all deployment files on the directory named 'deployment'.
Create Custom Docker Network
Before creating the deployment configuration, let's create a new custom bridge network. It will be used for the external service traefik reverse proxy.
Check the list docker network.
docker network ls
Now create a new custom bridge network named 'hakasenet'.
docker network create hakasenet
Check it again.
docker network ls
Now you will get 'hakasenet' network on the list.
Setup Deployment Directory and Files
Create a new directory named 'deployment' and the 'docker-compose.yml' script on it.
mkdir deployment; cd deployment
Now create new directory 'gitea' and 'postgres' data volume.
mkdir -p gitea/ postgres/
Create a new file 'acme.json' and change the permission of the file. it will be used to store Letsencrypt data.
chmod 600 acme.json
Now create the global traefik configuration 'traefik.toml' file.
And below are files and directories we've for the Gitea installation using Docker.
Setup PostgreSQL Service
The database service PostgreSQL is the first service that we want to configure. The database service will run only on the internal docker network.
And we will be using the Postgres 9.6 image, using 'gitea' as database name, user, and password, and set up the postgres data volume.
Edit the 'docker-compose.yml' file using vim.
Paste configurations below.
version: "3" networks: hakasenet: external: true internal: external: false services: db: image: postgres:9.6 restart: always environment: - POSTGRES_USER=gitea - POSTGRES_PASSWORD=gitea - POSTGRES_DB=gitea labels: - "traefik.enable=false" networks: - internal volumes: - ./postgres:/var/lib/postgresql/data
Save and exit.
Setup Traefik Reverse Proxy
Now we will configure the Traefik reverse proxy for our Gitea installation.
The traefik service will be running under HTTP and HTTPS default ports, running on the custom bridge network named 'hakasenet', and we will configure it to use the Letsencrypt certificates that will be defined on the 'traefik.toml' file.
Edit the compose script.
Paste configurations under the db service configuration.
traefik: image: traefik:latest command: --docker ports: - 80:80 - 443:443 labels: - "traefik.enable=true" - "traefik.backend=dashboard" - "traefik.frontend.rule=Host:traefik.hakase-labs.io" - "traefik.port=8080" networks: - hakasenet volumes: - /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock - ./traefik.toml:/traefik.toml - ./acme.json:/acme.json container_name: traefik restart: always
Save and exit.
Now edit the 'traefik.toml' configuration file.
And paste the following configuration.
#Traefik Global Configuration debug = false checkNewVersion = true logLevel = "ERROR" #Define the EntryPoint for HTTP and HTTPS defaultEntryPoints = ["https","http"] #Define the HTTP port 80 and #HTTPS port 443 EntryPoint #Enable automatically redirect HTTP to HTTPS [entryPoints] [entryPoints.http] address = ":80" [entryPoints.http.redirect] entryPoint = "https" [entryPoints.https] address = ":443" [entryPoints.https.tls] #Enable Traefik Dashboard on port 8080 #with basic authentication method #hakase and password [entryPoints.dash] address=":8080" [entryPoints.dash.auth] [entryPoints.dash.auth.basic] users = [ "hakase:$apr1$hEgpZUN2$OYG3KwpzI3T1FqIg9LIbi.", ] [api] entrypoint="dash" dashboard = true #Enable retry sending a request if the network error [retry] #Define Docker Backend Configuration [docker] endpoint = "unix:///var/run/docker.sock" domain = "hakase-labs.io" watch = true exposedbydefault = false #Letsencrypt Registration #Define the Letsencrypt ACME HTTP challenge [acme] email = "[email protected]" storage = "acme.json" entryPoint = "https" OnHostRule = true [acme.httpChallenge] entryPoint = "http"
Save and exit.
- Change the acme letsencrypt email with your valid email address.
Setup Gitea Service
Edit the 'docker-compose.yml' configuration file.
Paste the gitea service configuration at the bottom of the line.
server: image: gitea/gitea:latest environment: - USER_UID=1000 - USER_GID=1000 restart: always networks: - internal volumes: - ./gitea:/data ports: - "3000" - "22" labels: - "traefik.enabled=true" - "traefik.backend=gitea" - "traefik.frontend.rule=Host:git.hakase-labs.io" - "traefik.docker.network=hakasenet" - "traefik.port=3000" networks: - internal - hakasenet depends_on: - db - traefik
Save and exit.
The Gitea service will be running on the TCP port '3000', using those two docker networks 'internal' and 'hakasenet', and will run under the traefik reverse proxy on domain 'git.hakase-labs.io'.
Docker composes configuration for Gitea deployment has been completed.
Deploy All Services
Now deploy the stack using 'docker-compose' command below.
docker-compose up -d
The command will download all docker images needed and run services defined on the docker-compose script.
And when it's complete, check available services on docker using ps option as below.
Now you will get the result as below.
The PostgreSQL database, Gitea, and traefik reverse proxy containers are now up and running. The database service is running on the default port '5432', the gitea server is running on port '3000', and the traefik proxy is running on HTTP and HTTPS ports, accessible from the outside network/internet.
If you want to check all logs from docker check, run command below.
Step 4 - Gitea Post-Installation
Open your web browser and type your Gitea URL installation. Mine is:
Now you will get the default Gitea page.
Add the installation path to the URL.
Now you will get the Gitea installation page.
Type the PostgreSQL database details, and use 'db' as a host.
General Gitea Configuration
Change the 'Site title' with your own title, the 'SSH Server Domain' (without https) and 'Gitea Base URL' with your gitea server URL.
Admin Account Settings
On the admin settings, type the admin username, password, and email address.
Now click 'Install Gitea' button.
And you will be redirected to the Gitea default user dashboard.
Step 5 - Create First Repository in Gitea
On the user home page, click the '+' button.
Now type details of the repository that you want to create.
and click the 'Create Repository' button.
The repository has been created.
Step 6 - Testing First Commit
Back to your terminal shell, and set up the default git user and email.
Run git commands below.
git config --global user.name "hakase"
git config --global user.email "[email protected]"
Now clone the repository.
git clone https://git.hakase-labs.io/hakase/myrepo.git
Go to the repository directory 'myyrepo' and edit the README.md file.
make changes on the README file, then save and exit.
Now commit the repository.
git add .
git commit -m 'Edit the README.md file by hakase-labs'
And push it to the server.
git push origin master
Type your username and password.
And following should be the result.
Check to the repository page and make sure you get the changes as below.
The Gitea installation with Docker on Ubuntu 18.04 has been completed successfully.