Host Git Repositories on a Windows Share

I usually use BitBucket or GitHub to host my git repositories, but sometimes I need to host them on some internal network. In this post I will show you how to host those repositories on a Windows share.

I’m going to cover two scenarios: 1) You already have a git repository 2) You are starting fresh with a brand new repository. For both of these tracks I’m going to assume that you already have a Windows share set up on some remote computer, and that you have the read and write permissions on that share. To see more detailed information about hosting git on a server, check out section 4.2 Git on the Server – Getting Git on a Server of the Pro Git book.

I Already Have a Repository

Clone your repo (my_project) into a new bare repository (my_project.git):

> git clone --bare my_project my_project.git

Move the bare repository to the Windows share.

Add a remote to my_project that points to my_project.git. You can name your remote something other than origin if you would like. Note that forward slashes are used, not backslashes.

> git remote add origin //{ServerNameOrIp}/{ShareName}/my_project.git  

You’re all set up. You can now push and pull from that remote repository. If you need to clone that repo later, just use

> git clone //{ServerNameOrIp}/{ShareName}/my_project.git`

I Don’t Have a Repository Yet, I’m Starting Fresh

Create a new bare repository.

> mkdir my_project.git > cd my_project.git > git init --bare

Move the bare repository to the Windows share.

Clone the repository. Note that forward slashes are used, not backslashes.

> git clone //{ServerNameOrIp}/{ShareName}/my_project.git`

You’re all set up. You can now push and pull from that remote repository.