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Initial release17 October 2016
Stable release
1.21.5[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 1 February 2024; 29 days ago (1 February 2024)
Written inGo, JavaScript
Operating systemCross-platform
Platformx86-64, ARM
Available inMany languages
TypeCollaborative version control (forge)
LicenseMIT License Edit this on Wikidata

Gitea (/ɡɪˈt/[3]) is a forge software package for hosting software development version control using Git as well as other collaborative features like bug tracking, code review, continuous integration, kanban boards, tickets, and wikis. It supports self-hosting[4][5][6][7] but also provides a free public first-party instance. It is a fork of Gogs and is written in Go.[4][5][6][7] Gitea can be hosted on all platforms supported by Go[8] including Linux, macOS, and Windows.[5] The project is funded on Open Collective.[9]


Gitea was created by Lunny Xiao, who was also a contributor of its predecessor, the self-hosted Git service Gogs. He invited a group of users and contributors of Gogs. Though Gogs was an open-source project, its repository was under the control of a single maintainer, limiting the amount of input and speed with which the community could influence the development. Frustrated by this, the Gitea developers began Gitea as a fork of Gogs in November 2016 and established a community-driven model for its development.[6] It had its official 1.0 release the following month, December 2016.[10]

Forgejo fork[edit]

In October 2022, the company Gitea Limited was formed by Lunny Xiao to offer paid services.[11][12] The shift away from a community/non-profit ownership model received some resistance which led to the Forgejo[13] software fork of Gitea.[14] The major software forge Codeberg then switched their software from Gitea to Forgejo.[15][16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Voting for new logo #1516". GitHub.
  2. ^ "Release 1.21.5".
  3. ^ "Gitea - Git with a cup of tea". Archived from the original on May 6, 2023. Retrieved May 6, 2023 – via GitHub. Gitea is pronounced /ɡɪˈt/ as in gi-tea with a hard g.
  4. ^ a b Rutland, David (December 9, 2022). "Install Gitea on a Raspberry Pi to Create Your Own Code Repository". MUO. Archived from the original on March 19, 2023. Retrieved March 19, 2023.
  5. ^ a b c Papadopoulou, Eirini-Eleni (January 28, 2019). "Gitea is all grown up: What's new in version 1.7.0". JAXenter. Archived from the original on May 17, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c Santilli, Sandro (December 8, 2016). "Welcome to Gitea". Gitea Blog. Archived from the original on April 7, 2023. Retrieved April 24, 2023.
  7. ^ a b Krill, Paul (January 4, 2017). "Developers pick up new Git code-hosting option". InfoWorld. Archived from the original on December 1, 2022. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  8. ^ "Install gitea on openSUSE using the Snap Store". Snapcraft.
  9. ^ "Gitea". Open Collective. 25 January 2024.
  10. ^ Boerger, Thomas (December 23, 2016). "Release of 1.0.0". Gitea Blog. Archived from the original on April 24, 2023. Retrieved April 24, 2023.
  11. ^ "Open source sustainment and the future of Gitea". Gitea Blog. October 25, 2022. Archived from the original on April 13, 2023. Retrieved May 6, 2023.
  12. ^ Xiao, Lunny (October 30, 2022). "A message from Lunny on Gitea Ltd. and the Gitea project". Gitea Blog. Archived from the original on April 24, 2023. Retrieved April 17, 2023.
  13. ^ "Forgejo FAQ | Forgejo – Beyond coding. We forge". Retrieved 2023-09-17.
  14. ^ Tietze, Christian (November 25, 2022). "Gitea Ltd. Takes Over Gitea Open Source Project, Community Pushes Back". Archived from the original on February 12, 2023. Retrieved February 12, 2023.
  15. ^ "Codeberg launches Forgejo". December 15, 2022. Archived from the original on February 8, 2023. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  16. ^ "Forgejo makes a full break from Gitea []". Retrieved 2024-02-27.

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