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A script which can update gitea to a new version.

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Gitea Auto Update

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Script for an automatic update of gitea. Should be run locally on the gitea server. Has options for updating via new binary file or build from source.

Want to update more?

If you want to update Gitea and other software (like Drone, Caddy, Podman, Python, Zitadel and Kanboard), you should check out Autoupdate.

This new tool of mine was built as a single binary with a config file and tested on multiple Linux systems.


  • Get Gitea Version from the Gitea CLI and if that fails from the Gitea API
  • Get latest Release via GitHub API
  • Check if there is a newer Version
  • If there is a newer Version:
    • If binary file was selected:
      • Download new version
      • Check sha256
      • Overwrite old version
    • If build from source is active:
      • Checkout new release branch
      • Build binary
      • Overwrite old binary

General Information

License: GNU General Public License

Author: Christoph Daniel Miksche (

Uses python version 3


Ensure pip3, setuptools, xz-utils and wheel dependencies are installed on the system you are running this script in. (Most Linux OS like Ubuntu or Debian come with these pre-installed)


Create a settings.ini file on your system. Example:


Use the following command to install gitea-auto-update.

sudo pip3 install gitea-auto-update

Enter the command gitea-auto-update --settings=/path/to/settings.ini in your commandline.

If you want to schedule your updates, edit your /etc/crontab file.



The following instructions help you for developing.

  • Check out the Contribution Guidelines.
  • Clone this git repo
  • Install pipenv: pip install pipenv
  • Install all dependencies: pipenv install
  • Install git pre-commit hooks (for pylint and gitlint) with pre-commit install
  • You can run the tests with python -m unittest
  • After pushing, you should check the build status which currently checks the tests, pylint and the commit message format.


The following steps are automatically executed via pre-commit hooks.

  • You can run pylint with pylint gitea_auto_update
  • After changes and commit, you can check if your commit message follows the contribution guidelines with gitlint. If there is a problem, gitlint will show you a error message.



Thank you for your support!

Interested in contributing to this project? Check out the Contribution Guidelines.

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