How to set up Git hosting for your project

All Divio Cloud projects can use the Git private server we provide. If you prefer, you can instead use a Git hosting provider of your choice.


Once you have set up an external Git provider on a project, you will no longer be able to revert to Divio’s own Git server. Please ensure that this is what you want to do before using this feature.

Set up external Git hosting

Prepare the external Git repository

You will need a new repository on the provider ready for your Divio project. Any standard Git hosting provider should work well, though you may find that some aspects of the configuration that you will need to do will differ a little between them.

Depending on whether you are migrating an existing Divio Cloud project’s Git hosting or creating a new Divio Cloud project there are some important steps to take:

Migrating an existing Divio Cloud project’s Git hosting


The migration process will delete your project’s code from the Divio Cloud server before restoring it from the new Git remote.

You must ensure that the new Git remote holds the latest code for the project before completing the migration process. Read the steps below carefully.

  • Ensure that in the local version of your repository all the branches you wish to keep are present and up to date with the Divio Cloud server: git pull <branch>
  • Create the new remote repository.
  • Add the new Git repository to the local version of your project as a new Git remote: git remote add external <repository URL>.
  • Push the branches you require to the new remote: git push external <branch>

Creating a new Divio Cloud project

  • Create the new remote repository.

The repository must have a master branch, which must not contain anything other than .git, LICENSE, README, or README.rst. If these conditions are not met, the Control Panel will not accept the repository URL.

Add the Git repository URL to the Control Panel

  • For a new Divio Cloud project: select Repository > Custom in the project creation page.
  • For an existing project that you are migrating: select Repository from your project’s menu in the Dashboard, then Migrate to external repository.

When asked, enter the repository URL that you would use if cloning the project, for example


By default, the Control Panel will assume that you will be using SSH, even if you don’t actually specify it.

SSH is preferred. HTTPS can be useful in environments where SSH is not permitted, and is available however if you explicitly provide an HTTPS URL. HTTPS is not available for services whose authentication methods could require you to share your password with us.

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SSH: Add your project’s public key to the Git project

The next step is give your Divio Project access to the Git repository. This is done by lodging the Divio Project’s public key with the repository.

A public key will be generated for you to copy. Add it to the settings of the Git repository.

Regenerating the public key

You can regenerate the key at any time, invalidating the old one. This also happens automatically if you change the repository URL in our Control Panel.

At this point the Control Panel will test its access by performing a git pull action. If all is successful, the project Dashboard will now show the repository URL, and inform you that the webhook has not yet been set up.

Go on to Configure a webhook for the Git repository

HTTPS: Add the Git project’s username and password to the Control Panel

You can give the Divio Project access to the Git repository over HTTPS by providing the Git hosting username and and a personal access token.

This is disabled for those providers that would allow us to connect using your password. In accordance with our security policies, Divio Cloud will not request or store your passwords for other services.

Some Git providers enforce the use of personal access tokens for HTTPs, rather than allowing passwords to be used. However, GitHub, GitLab and BitBucket all permit HTTPS authentication without the protection of two-factor authorisation, and for this reason we do not permit HTTPS as an authentication method for these platforms.

Configure a webhook for the Git repository

A webhook is needed to allow the Git repository to send signals to the Control Panel, so that the Control Panel can be aware of new events. In the Repository view, select the appropriate webhook type (GitHub, GitLab and BitBucket each have their own type of webhook. Other providers will generally use a webhook that is similar to one of these).

At the Git host, add a new webhook.

The Control Panel will give you a URL to use for the webhook. GitHub for example refers to this as its Payload URL. The Control Panel will also give you a secret key.

The only event type that the webhook should respond to are push events.

Once the webhook is active and saved, new push events on the repository will send a request to the Control Panel with the specified URL and the secret key. The Control Panel will immediately pull the change into its own local project, making them available for you to deploy.

Read-only access to the repository

In most cases, you will want to allow write access to the repository. This is the standard configuration and gives you full access to the benefits of the Divio Cloud addon system, in which the Control Panel records interface actions and addon configuration as Git commits.

It’s also possible to maintain stricter control over the repository, allowing only read access. In this case, project configuration that would normally be maintained via the Control Panel must be undertaken manually.

Write access is required to set up the external Git configuration, but may be disabled subsequently. If you need to set up a read-only configuration in which the Control Panel is never able to write to the repository, please contact Divio support and we handle this for you manually.

Errors and what they mean

The remote repository requires a master branch

The Control Panel expected to find a branch (by default named master) at the remote.

If the Divio Cloud project uses the Custom tracking branches feature, then whatever branch is used for the Test environment should be present at the remote.

Check the repository for the expected branch.

Authentication error

The most likely problem is that one or more of:

are not correct. Check these values.

The master branch must exist and only include a single readme file in order to create a new project

The master branch at the remote repository contained other files.

Check that no other files are in the branch.

You have no webhook set up

Although the Control Panel has been able to connect to the repository and authenticate, a webhook has not yet been set up.

This is not necessarily an error, but it does mean that your Divio Cloud project will not automatically receive signals from the remote when new commits are made to it, and so you will need to use the manual Update button to pull new changes to your project.

Using webhooks is recommended.