Install and Config Git Server On Rocky Linux

By Chandrashekhar Fakirpure

Updated on Feb 02, 2024

Install and Configure Git Server On Rocky Linux 8

In this tutorial, we will show the steps to install and configure Git Server On Rocky Linux 8.

Git is a fast, scalable, distributed version-control system for tracking changes in source code during software development. Many Git online resources are accessible from including full documentation and Git related tools.

Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.

We have covered installation and configuration of the Git Server On Rocky Linux 8.


  • A Rocky Linux 8 installed dedicated server or KVM VPS.
  • A root user access or normal user with sudo privileges.

There are two options to install Git.

Option 1 is install Git using DNF

Step 1 – Keep the server up to date

Always keep the server up to date the security purpose.

dnf update -y

Step 2 - Install Git

dnf install git -y

Option 2 is install Git from source

You can download latest version of Git from release page. It make take longer time and will not be updated and maintained through the yum package manager. But it will allow you to download a newer version than what is available through the CentOS repositories, and will give you some control over the options that you can include.

Step 1 - Install dependencies

dnf groupinstall "Development Tools"
dnf install gettext-devel openssl-devel perl-CPAN perl-devel zlib-devel

Step 2 - Download Git

After the dependencies get installed, go to release page and copy the download link. You can find tar.gz, right click on it and copy the link.

Now, download it in the server using wget command and rename it:

wget -O git.tar.gz

Once the download is complete, we can extract the tar file

tar zxf git.tar.gz

Now, go to that directory to begin configuring our build.

cd git-*

Step 3 - Run Configure and Install

We can check for everything that we need with the configure script that is generated by make configure. This script will also use a –prefix to declare /usr/local (the default program folder for Linux platforms) as the appropriate destination for the new binary, and will create a Makefile to be used in the following step.

make configure
./configure --prefix=/usr/local

Makefiles are scriptable configuration files that are processed by the make utility. Our Makefile will tell make how to compile a program and link it to our CentOS installation so that we can execute the program properly.

make install

We have built and installed Git successfully. To verify it check the version using following command:

git --version

Finally, Setup Git

Add user to handle the repositories:

useradd git 

Set password to the Git user:

passwd git

Log in as a git user

su - git

Initiate a new empty repository using following command:

git init --bare ~/hostnextra.git

Enable post-update hook by copying the sample file as follows:

cd hostnextra.git/hooks/
cp post-update.sample post-update 

That’s it for server side.

Now, let’s go to client side:

Install Git

dnf install git -y

The installation is completed

Set up git

Submit inflammation about yourself so that commit messages will be generated with correct information attached:

git config --global "hostnextra"
git config --global ""

Create a directory where you can keep all your projects

mkdir ~/dev
cd ~/dev

Now, create a clone the hostnextra.git repository that we have created earlier in the server.

git clone git@[Server IP]:~/hostnextra.git hostnextra.git

Note: Replace [Server IP] with your server IP or hostname

Go to respository

cd hostnextra.git

You can see the repository is empty, so lets create some files

echo “my test file” > file1.txt

Add these file to our git repository

git add .

Commit the changes

git commit -am "My First Commit"


[master (root-commit) cb4c46f] My First Commit
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)
 create mode 100644 file1.txt

Push these changes to the remote git repository.

git push origin master

You will be asked for password, enter git user password.

git@'s password: 
Enumerating objects: 3, done.
Counting objects: 100% (3/3), done.
Writing objects: 100% (3/3), 240 bytes | 240.00 KiB/s, done.
Total 3 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 0
 * [new branch]      master -> master

Verify the changes, access the git server and run following command to check the logs.

git log 

We have seen, how to install Snipe-IT on Rocky Linux 8. Here is the Git official Documentation.