Welcome to RhodeCode (RhodiumCode) documentation!

RhodeCode (formerly hg-app) is Pylons framework based Mercurial repository browser/management with build in push/pull server and full text search. It works on http/https, has build in permission/authentication(+ldap) features It's similar to github or bitbucket, but it's suppose to run as standalone hosted application, it's open source and focuses more on restricted access to repositories. It's powered by vcs_ library that me and Lukasz Balcerzak created to handle many various version control systems.

RhodeCode uses Semantic Versioning

RhodeCode demo

The default access is anonymous but You can login to administrative account using those credentials

  • username: demo
  • password: demo

Source code

The most up to date sources can be obtained from my own RhodeCode instance

Rarely updated source code and issue tracker is available at bitbcuket


  • Has it's own middleware to handle mercurial_ protocol request. Each request can be logged and authenticated. Runs on threads unlikely to hgweb. You can make multiple pulls/pushes simultaneous. Supports http/https and ldap
  • Full permissions (private/read/write/admin) and authentication per project. One account for web interface and mercurial_ push/pull/clone operations.
  • Mako templates let's you customize look and feel of application.
  • Beautiful diffs, annotations and source codes all colored by pygments.
  • Mercurial_ branch graph and yui-flot powered graphs with zooming and statistics
  • Admin interface with user/permission management. Admin activity journal, logs pulls, pushes, forks, registrations and other actions made by all users.
  • Server side forks, it's possible to fork a project and hack it free without breaking the main repository.
  • Full text search powered by Whoosh on source codes, and file names. Build in indexing daemons, with optional incremental index build (no external search servers required all in one application)
  • Setup project descriptions and info inside built in db for easy, non file-system operations
  • Inteligent cache with invalidation after push or project change, provides high performance and always up to date data.
  • Rss / atom feeds, gravatar support, download sources as zip/tar/gz
  • Async tasks for speed and performance using celery_ (works without them too)
  • Backup scripts can do backup of whole app and send it over scp to desired location
  • Based on pylons / sqlalchemy / sqlite / whoosh / vcs

Incoming / Plans

  • project grouping
  • User groups/teams
  • code review (probably based on hg-review)
  • full git_ support, with push/pull server (currently in beta tests)
  • redmine integration
  • public accessible activity feeds
  • commit based build in wiki system
  • clone points and cloning from remote repositories into rhodecode (git_ and mercurial_)
  • more statistics and graph (global annotation + some more statistics)
  • other cools stuff that i can figure out (or You can help me figure out)


rhodecode is released under GPL_ license.

Mailing group Q&A

join the Google group

open an issue at issue tracker

join #rhodecode on FreeNode ( or use for web access to irc.

Online documentation

Online documentation for current version is available at You may also build documentation for yourself - go into docs/ and run:

make html