Installing Git version control on a shared hosting provider

Due to a server upgrade, my ‘staging environment’ hosting provider, Aspiration Hosting broke the self compiled version of Git I had running on the server, which meant I had to go digging once more to remember how I installed it without root access in the first place. Here it is so I (and potentially others) don’t have to do it again.

Essentially, what you’re going to be doing is compiling and installing Git from source. Sounds scary? Not really – just make sure you follow the commands below and all should be well.

Before you start

In order to install Git on a shared hosting you must have the following. If you don’t, you could ask your hosting provider to give you this access. They may surprise you and allow it – most (good ones) should.

  1. SSH access into your hosting provider
  2. Compiler access – test this by running the command gcc –version. If it returns a version number, you’re good to go.

All sorted? Let’s begin

Logged into your hosting and in your home folder, run the following commands;

(NB: You can find the latest Git source from here, so replace the link below with the most recent stable release)

curl -O
tar zxvf git-
cd git-
./configure --prefix=/home/$USER --with-curl --with-expat
make -i
make -i install
echo 'PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin' >> $HOME/.bashrc
source $HOME/.bashrc

That’s it – providing all worked okay, you should now be able to run git version and be rewarded with ‘git version 1.8.3’.

Some notes on the above

Just in case anyone is interested.

Originally when I set Git up prior to the server upgrade, I used Joe Mailer’s article – ‘How to install Git on a shared host‘. This didn’t work for me since the server upgrade, because the hosting company did not have certain software packages I kept getting http/https helper errors during the make process.

I found another guide by Randall Kent here, but again – same problem.

Finally I found a Stack Overflow question that contributed the –with-curl –with-expat parameter in the configure and the -i flag in make which cured the problem.

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Stu Miller

Web consultant and specialist, WordPress developer and PHP developer based in Leeds, UK. 15 years experience in architecting web sites and applications. Co-founder and Technical Director of, formerly the same of First 10 Digital

2 thoughts on “Installing Git version control on a shared hosting provider”

  1. Thanks for posting this. I was having a stuck getting git to install because of the curl dependencies. Might note that a config file will have to be present:

    make config

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