How to configure gitolite for a single domain on Plesk

How to configure the gitolite on a plesk panel single domain.

When I use a /bin/bash user created by plesk, the home folder becomes /var/www/vhosts/{user}/

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    I used the Plesk panel to add a ssh user access to the disired domain, like:

    {SSH_USER} = my domain ssh username

    SO in my $HOME I have created a folder called $HOME/git and give it permissions, then create a alias user called {SSH_USER}.git that use the same UID/GID from user {SSH_USER}.

    /var/www/vhosts/<domain>/# mkdir git

    If you are logged as ROOT change the permission to your {SSH_USER}:psacln

    # chown -R {SSH_USER}:psacln ./git

    Now using your root account create a new user called {SSH_USER}.git where the home folder is the git folder that you already created.

    Find your uid and gid:

    # id
    uid=10004({SSH_USER}) gid=2524(psacln) groups=2524(psacln)

    Now create your new user:

    # sudo adduser {SSH_USER}.git -d /var/www/vhosts/<domain>/git -g 2524 -u 10004

    Login as {SSH_USER}.git

    # su - {SSH_USER}.git

    Install your gitolite. Everything will works.

    When you try to login a domain git you need to type:

    git clone {SSH_USER}.git@<domain>:<repo_name>

    You can do this for any domain in your server, having a single gitolite administration for the domains.

    I will assume that you are using some variables like:

    Username: gartz

    Go in your plesk panel and add SSH /bin/bash access to the user that you wan’t to install gitolite repositorie.

    Now SSH login your server as root privileges. And type su - gartz you are now in your user bash.

    Type pwd it will show your ${HOME} like: /var/www/vhosts/

    go back to super user and add privileges to user can write your own home folder and add a git folder:

    $ chown gartz:psacln /var/www/vhosts/
    $ su - gartz
    $ mkdir git

    Now you have this: /var/www/vhosts/

    Download your gitolite to the git folder, then add a user with will have access to your git repositories only, like using suffix or preffix git: adduser gartz.git

    Edit your passwd file to your git user have the same ids from the normal user and change the home to the correct git folder. (you will need root privileges again)

    $ cat /etc/passwd | grep gartz

    It will show something like this:


    Now edit your other user gartz.git to be like this:


    Add .ssh folder with authorized_keys for your rsa key. Then login your shell using your account like gartz.git install your gitolite now.

    $ git clone git://
    $ cd gitolite/src
    $ ./gl-easy-install -q gitolite gitserver sitaram

    Go to your own computer and clone your gitolite-admin:

    $ git clone

    Change your config file, add your keys and repos, commit and push.

    You can do this for any domain you want. For more info installing git

    Git Baby is a git and github fan, let's start git clone.