Install Gitlabhq with Gitolite on Mac OS X server (Mountain Lion 10.8)

Recently I got a task of setting up a mac mini server (Mountain Lion) with gitlabhq (with gitolite). I tried for around 15 times and finally got succeed. Here are the steps which I followed to setup, hope it will help someone setting up mac server with gitlab.
Step 1 – Create a user “git”

Step 2 – Login into user “git”

Step 3 – Install xcode 4.5

Step 4 – Install command line tools in Xcode. (Xcode -> Preferences -> downloads -> install command line tools)

Step 5 – Install “rails installer” from rails (this will install many dependencies)

Step 6 РDownload and Install mysql from here

Step 7 – Setup root password for mysql with this command

/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqladmin -u root password NEW_PASSWORD_HERE

Step 8 – Install Homebrew on mac (needed to install few things)

$ ruby -e "$(curl -fsSkL"

After homebrew install run doctor –

$ brew doctor

Step 9 – Get ownership of /usr/local

$ sudo chown -R $(whoami) /usr/local

Step 10 – Install qt and icu4c with brew.

$ brew install qt
$ brew install icu4c
$ brew install redis

Step 11 – Enable ssh login in system preferences. System Preferences -> Sharing -> Enable remote login

Step 12 – Create a ssh key without a password

$ ssh-keygen -t rsa -N ''

Step 13 –Clone gitolite

$ git clone git://

Step 14 – Install gitolite

$ gitolite/install
use the following full path for gitolite:

Step 15 – Put this in .bashrc file and save in your home folder (~) –

export GIT_EXEC_PATH=/opt/local/libexec/git-core

Step 16 – Add this in .bash_profile and save in home folder (~)

$ sudo nano .bash_profile

and put this below text.

export PATH=/Users/git/gitolite/src:$PATH
export PATH=/Users/git/bin:$PATH
export PATH=/usr/local/mysql/bin:$PATH

Restart terminal

Step 17 –Setting up gitolite

Create link for .pub file

$ ln -s .ssh/

setting up gitolite with ssh key

$ gitolite setup -pk ~/

Step 18 – Making sure you can connect with ssh

$ ssh localhost

Step 19 – Confirm that you can connect to the gitolite-admin repository

$ git clone git@localhost:gitolite-admin

Step 20 – Cloning gitlabhq

$ git clone -b stable git://

Step 21 – Running “bundle” on gitlabhq

$ cd gitlabhq
$ bundle

Step 22 – Bundle complete now –

$ bundle install --without development test

Step 23 – Configuriing gitlabhq

$ cp config/database.yml.example config/database.yml
$ cp config/gitlab.yml.example config/gitlab.yml

Step 24 – Now open this “config/gitlab.yml” and change “base_path” to “Users/git/repositories”

Step 25 – Open config/database.yml and change mysql password to your root account password. for production environment.

Step 26 – Setting up gitlabhq database in production environment –

 $ bundle exec rake db:setup RAILS_ENV=production

Got this error –

rake aborted!
dlopen(/usr/local/rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p194/gems/mysql2-0.3.11/lib/mysql2/mysql2.bundle, 9): Library not loaded: libmysqlclient.18.dylib
Referenced from: /usr/local/rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p194/gems/mysql2-0.3.11/lib/mysql2/mysql2.bundle
Reason: image not found – /usr/local/rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p194/gems/mysql2-0.3.11/lib/mysql2/mysql2.bundle

(See full trace by running task with –trace)

Got this fix on Stackoverflow –

$ sudo ln -s /usr/local/mysql/lib/libmysqlclient.18.dylib /usr/lib/libmysqlclient.18.dylib

Running previous command again –

$ bundle exec rake db:setup RAILS_ENV=production

 $ bundle exec rake db:setup RAILS_ENV=production

Step 27 – Run redis

$ redis-server /usr/local/etc/redis.conf

Step 28 – Run this –

$ bundle exec rake db:setup RAILS_ENV=production
$ bundle exec rake db:seed_fu RAILS_ENV=production

Step 29 – Run –

$ rails s -e production -p 8080

Step 30 – open “localhost:8080” in browser and login with –


I hope you find this guide helpful. Comments are most welcome!