31 August 2017


In this blog, I have shown the step by step guide to setup a git server repository. This repository would be connected from client machine. In this example server and client are installed in the same server so server and client communicates over localhost.

Git Server Installation and Setup in Windows

  • Install bitvise SSH server: URL - https://bvdl.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/BvSshServer-Inst.exe. This software is required to comunicate between client and server over SSH protocol. There are many other ssh server available in the market which could serve the same purpose.
  • Install git from this link https://git-scm.com/download/win. (select the installer as applicable for your system). Git has the capability to act as a server as well as client.

Server side setup

  • Please follow the steps to configure git server with proper permission from the below image. Each step is described below the image

  • Step 1: Open bitvise SSH server Control Panel. Click on Edit Advanced Settings
  • Step 2: Select Windows Group(1) which would show window group type as Everyone.
  • Step 3: Double click on Everyone as shown in the picture.
  • Step 4: Select Authentication in the new popup
  • Step 5: Password authentication and public key authentication must be Allowed
  • Step 6 & 7: Click on Entry 0 in Windows Groups. Login Allowed must be checked.
  • Step 8 & 9: Click on Terminal and exec requests and Inital terminal shell directory would be %HOME% which means the repository on the server would be created under user’s home directory (generally C:\users<<username»)
  • Step 10: Create folder structure as shown in the image under %HOME% directory. This location would act as a server location
  • Step 11 & 12: Go to the server location and execute git init - -bare in Git bash shell. It would create the required folders as shown in step 12.
  • Step 13: Add C:\Program Files (x86)\Git\bin and C:\Program Files (x86)\Git\libexec\git-core into Path variable under Environment Variables AND you are done with server side setup.

Client Side setup

  • Please follow the steps in client side to test if the server setup is done perfectly or not. Please note that the scope of this blog is not to describe about the git commands but to test the server setup. In this example, I am using client and server communication over the same system (localhost)

  • Step 1: Go to any of your convinent location. Create a folder called gitRepo as shown in the step 1 in the image. Then clone the git repository as created in the above step 13. In the step 1, ~ indicates the %HOME% path in the git server as mentioed in Step 8 & 9 above.
  • Step 2: The above step would create a folder called test. Create a file called test.txt inside test folder and add some text into the file.
  • Step 3: Commit the change so the file woould be staged.
  • Step 4: The staged file would be checked in now.

Now you can clone the same repository into another location and would see the test.txt file available into the new repository.

blog comments powered by Disqus