July 3, 2020 by Drew DeVault

Welcome to sourcehut! This suite of open source tools is the software development platform you've been waiting for. We've taken the wisdom of the most successful open-source communities and turned it into a platform of efficient engineering tools.

Sourcehut is currently available as a public alpha. What should I expect?

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Hosted git repositories

  • Annotate your source with links, docs, references, etc
  • Public, private, and "unlisted" repositories
  • Fine grained access control, including access for users without accounts
  • First-class Mercurial support also available
Sourcehut has been a breath of fresh air for me. I finally have a code hosting solution that lets me focus on being productive.

— Victor Cushman

Powerful continuous integration

  • Runs fully virtualised builds on various Linux distros and BSDs
  • Submit ad-hoc jobs without pushing to your repository
  • Post-build triggers for email, webhooks, etc
  • Log in with SSH after build failures to investigate further
This CI experience is leagues ahead of all others. Resubmitting builds and SSH'ing in is saving me multiple hours.

— Andrew Kelley, author of the Zig programming language

Mailing lists & code review tools

  • Patch review tools on the web
  • Threaded, searchable mail archives
  • Tools for working with third party mailing lists
  • Powered by git send-email
SourceHut mailing lists are the best thing since the invention of reviewing patches.

— Martijn Braam, postmarketOS developer

Customizable ticket tracking

  • Private bug reports and bug trackers for security issues
  • Fine-grained access controls
  • Participation via email, with or without an account

Markdown- and git-driven wikis

  • Use git to version control and manage your wiki
  • Use any organizational hierarchy you like, a flat wiki is not imposed
  • Hosts the detailed sourcehut manual

Task dispatching & service integration

  • Automate tasks between various services
  • Integrate with third-party services like GitHub
  • Reduces the workload for maintainers and contributors
What I like about Sourcehut is that it just connects tools together. I think this is an example of Drew [founder of Sourcehut] at his most brilliant.

— Ariadne Conill, maintainer of pkgconf

Sophisticated account management & security

  • PGP encrypted and signed emails from each service
  • Two-factor authentication with TOTP
  • Detailed audit logs of account activity
  • Fine-grained third-party OAuth access controls