Warehouse is now open source


Posted by rick at September 30th, 2008

After a long vacation, we’ve decided to release Warehouse as open source. The fact is, we (and most of our target audience) moved from subversion to git or mercurial. Also, the Logical Awesome guys scare us. First, there’s their kick ass git commit browser out there that embodies the spirit of git exceptionally well. Then, they prove that they can do Subversion hosting better than us. Yikes.

What happens to the current customers? We’ll be issuing refunds out for anyone that’s purchased in the last two months (that’s as far as Paypal will go back). Anyone else that feels they should get a refund can contact me and we’ll work something out. We’ll still be providing support at the forums. It will be getting its own Voxpop instance soon as well. Oh yes, don’t forget to remove the license check on your existing warehouse installs. We don’t want to leave you stranded like Walmart music customers.

There’s still a need for something like Warehouse though. Something localized for your internal git servers. We actually need one for the internal ENTP gitosis server, so there’s work started on a git/svn hybrid version. I’ve spoken with several people interested in this, so I’m hoping we can get this finished up relatively soon. It’d also be really cool if someone could add mercurial support :)

We’re going with the AGPL license and have the source (both the unreleased master branch and the latest 1.1.6 release) on github. Thanks for all the support from the Warehouse customers, and happy forking!


  1. Damien Damien said on September 30th, 2008

    Rick rolled yet again. Damn you Logical Awesome! :)

  2. Luca Guidi Luca Guidi said on October 1st, 2008

    I appreciate your lucid analysis of the SCM hosting marketplace: GitHub revolutioned it and won.

    I don’t know how many companies would to accept this condition and decide to retire their product, without starting a useless competition.

    I admire you twice for donating your code to the community.

    Thank you guys!

  3. Ezzy Ezzy said on October 1st, 2008

    Wow, i don’t know what to say.. Thank you, very interesting decision indeed and it will be even more interesting seeing any forks that occur and how things will progress.

    Thanks again for your decision.

  4. Massimo Sgrelli Massimo Sgrelli said on October 1st, 2008

    It’s really a goooooooooood news. I’m so curious to look into the code and install it on our internal server. Thanks

  5. Simon Simon said on October 1st, 2008

    Would ‘awesome’ be misplaced in this case? I’m impressed, really. Thank you guys, if only all companies could be so honest about their products.

  6. Alex MacCaw Alex MacCaw said on October 1st, 2008

    Awesome. Who knows, maybe this is a clever new business model? Thanks!

  7. rick rick said on October 1st, 2008

    Well, it’s not so much that Github won, but Subversion lost. In addition to Github, there’s Gitorious (ruby, and open source too!), and BitBucket if Mercurial is your thing.

    We’re just big Github fanboys that haven’t had the time or inclination to do much more with Warehouse this year.

  8. Morgan Morgan said on October 1st, 2008


    I use Warehouse for my own open source app and love it. I still use svn as the main repo because git isn’t supported by enough of my tools yet to switch entirely.

    Unfortunately svn also didn’t lose at my day job (I recently tried to convert us and failed), so I’m trying to set up Warehouse on the company server (I appreciate the refund, btw!). The master branch doesn’t work terribly well unfortunately, so I’m still using the 1.1.6 version, which has a few bugs of its own that I’m fixing.

    — Morgan

  9. André Medeiros André Medeiros said on October 3rd, 2008

    For those of you who never installed it before, I have a “brief” tutorial in my blog on how it’s done.

    Check it out

  10. Ken Robertson Ken Robertson said on October 4th, 2008

    Love the idea and glad to see it open sourced!

    If interested, I’ve been working on a couple of tweaks. Main thing I’ve done is making it so it creates the repositories, rather than having to create them manually.

    If interested, feel free to check it out: http://github.com/krobertson/warehouse

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