How to integrate Buddy with a private Git repository

August 10, 2017


How to integrate Buddy with a private Git repository

Every project in Buddy is based on a Git repository. You can choose between GitHub, Bitbucket and GitLab providers, or Buddy's fully-featured native hosting. But what if you host your code elsewhere or only want to add a single repository without giving access to your whole GitHub account? Does it mean you won't be able to take advantage of Buddy's awesome features?

Not at all.

All you need to do is to use the Private repository option. Configuration is simple:

  1. Paste the URL to the repository
  2. Select the authorization method
  3. Configure a web hook and add it to the repository

This article will walk you through the process step on an example of a single GitHub repo. Let's go!

Adding a project to Buddy

Let's begin with setting up a project in Buddy:

  1. Sign up to Buddy at
  2. Create a new project and select Your Private Git Server as the provider.
  3. Enter the Name for your project and paste the Repository URL.
  4. Download or copy the SSH key – we'll need that for the next part.
  5. Click Create a new project when done. Creating a custom repositoryCreating a custom repository

Authorizing Buddy in GitHub

Configuring deploy keys

Now ne need to add a deploy key so that Buddy can pull your repository to ship code:

  1. Select the repository that you want to synchronize in your GitHub profile.
  2. Go to SettingsDeploy keys and click Add deploy key.
  3. Paste the key that you copied from Buddy and enter its details.
  4. Click Add key when done. Adding deploy keysAdding deploy keys

Configuring web hooks

The last part is adding a web hook that will trigger deployments and update the list of commits in Buddy on changes to your repo:

  1. Switch to Buddy and go to the Code tab.
  2. Click Refresh in the right column and copy the webhook. Refreshing the repositoryRefreshing the repository
  3. Switch back to GitHub, go to SettingsWebhooks and click Add webhook.
  4. Paste the webhook in the Payload URL and select Send me everything.
  5. Click Add webhook when done. Adding a webhookAdding a webhook

That's it! You can use Buddy to automatically build, test and deploy code on every push to the selected branch in your private repo.

Alexander Kus

Alexander Kus

Customer Success Manager

A story-teller and conversation-lover, Alexander decided to invest his skills to help his friends at Buddy transform the cold language of patch notes into exciting narratives. Also: an avid gamer, hip-hop DJ, Liverpool FC fan, absentminded husband, and the father of two.

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