Gitea (pronounced “git-tea”) is an open source fork of Gogs (another GitHub alternative), forked in 2016, and is actively maintained at the time of this writing. When it comes to GitHub alternatives, Gitea comes up a lot, appearing in many lists, and for good reason. Built on the GO language, it strives to be the fastest, and easiest way to get a self hosted GitHub clone up and running. Which I can definitely attest to, the hardest part about installing gittea is the MySQL setup, which in-case you missed it, we do have a quick-start guide available here on linuxman. It is cross platform so anywhere you can compile GO, you can run Gitea, it can also be docker-ized! Its also very lightweight, which I am always an instant fan of, you can even run Gitea off a raspberry pi!
The UI is very clean and focused
Gitea requires a MySQL database
Can be installed in many ways (docker, snap, binary)
Lot’s of UI customization
Easy setup and install
Free Community Edition
Requires a GitLab account
Has many installation options
High minimum system requirements
Supports major Linux distros
Requires external database (Redis only)
Complete end to end DevOps platform
Supports up to 500 users on a single instance
CI/CD pipelines for software development
Little to no documentation
Only needs Java to run
Almost too minimal
Expandable via plugins
No external DB needed
Feels lacking in features
No extra setup required
Has issue tracking, wiki, pull requests, public/private repos
SSL support with built in reverse proxy
Supports HTTPS & HTTP
5. Apache Allura
Apache Allura is a self-described ‘software forge’, which at this point, we all know means GitHub clone—that’s not to say that Allura is a complete one, nor is it trying to be. It has a very different interface, that shares almost no resemblance to GitHub (unlike everything else on this list), depending on your preference, you may or may not like this presentation style, but in my opinion it just doesn’t do it for me. Looks aside, Allura is probably 2nd in terms of features on this list, because let me tell you Allura has a lot of them! Along with the regular stuff we’ve come to expect, it has a plugin system, which allows blogs, forums, and even custom themes. It’s also offers Oauth support for the security minded! Allura definitely feels more tailored towards a community or team, like GitLab, than an individual.
Support docker for an easy install!
Git & SVN support
Has issue tracker, wiki, and plugin support
Final Verdict on Github Alternatives
There you have it, 5 GitHub alternatives to checkout over a weekend. You gotta love having options especially when you can self host them. A lot of other GitHub alternatives you find out there are cloud based which is just really switching out GitHub with some other corporation that has the reigns over your data. Hopefully after checking some of these alternatives out, the next time you reach for GitHub, you can instead, spend some quality server time and host your code the cool way instead.