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Web address
Type of site
collaborative revision control
Registration Optional
Available in English
Launched January 2008
Alexa rank
34,128 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Offline
Developer(s) Powow AS
Stable release 3.2[2] / December 4, 2014; 19 months ago (2014-12-04)
Written in Ruby
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in English
Type Project management software
License GNU Affero General Public License 3

Gitorious was a web-based hosting service for collaborative free and open-source software development projects that use the Git revision control system.[3] The name also refers to the free and open-source server software that the Web site is developed and hosted on.[4] According to the Git User's Survey in 2011, Gitorious was the second most popular hosting service for Git, with 11.7% of respondents indicating they use it, behind 87.5% using GitHub.[5] On 3 March 2015, Gitorious was acquired by GitLab B.V., who announced service through will be discontinued on 1 June 2015 and encouraged Gitorious users to make use of its import tools to migrate projects to Gitlab.

Features and constraints[edit]

In addition to source code hosting, Gitorious provides projects with wikis, a web interface for merge requests and code reviews, and activity timelines for projects and developers.[6]

According to the terms of service,[7] if bandwidth usage for an account, project or repository exceeds 500 MB/month, or significantly exceeds the average bandwidth usage of other users or customers, reserves the right to immediately disable or throttle the account, project or repository until the account owner can reduce the bandwidth consumption.

Gitorious AS also releases the Gitorious software under the AGPLv3 [8] as free software.


In August 2013, Gitorious AS was acquired by Norwegian and Polish Powow AS.[9]

Gitorious was then acquired by GitLab as of 3 March 2015. GitLab kept online through May 2015 and added an automatic migration function for project to move to which offers both paid and free hosting services and maintains an open source "community" edition for self-hosting.[10][11]

At the time of the GitLab acquisition, there were four Powow employees behind Gitorious. GitLab CEO Sytse Sijbrandij, responding to comments about the acquisition on Hacker News, wrote that "[Powow] wanted to shut the company down without a bankruptcy". So, GitLab, as a way to bolster their user base, bought Gitorious even though they were not hiring the employees or using the Gitorious software. In addition to the optional migration to, helped preserve the Gitorious repositories for historical reference.[12]

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