Codeberg a GitHub Alternative From Europe

Recently I started migrating my note-taking from Notion to Obsidian. Obsidian does not offer free syncing between devices and you will have to manually set up a method to sync your notes, either by using something like Dropbox, Google Drive, or Git.

So I thought it would be easier for me to set up a Git repository and keep my notes in sync between multiple devices. I’ve been a GitHub user for a very long time, but this time I was thinking of using something else to host my notes for a change.git

I searched for a GitHub alternative that is based in Europe and came across Codeberg, a GitHub alternative based on the open-source Gitea framework.

Codeberg is based in Germany and offers a clear privacy document, that may be one of the easiest privacy agreements that I’ve read and, you don’t need to have a lawyer interpret it for you. It’s a nonprofit service backed by donations from its users.

Codeberg a privacy friendly GitHub alternative

Codeberg is a privacy-friendly GitHub alternative with one of the easiest to understand privacy policies that I’ve come across, and one that you can interpret without a lawyer.

We have a minimum-collection policy. Aside from essential data required to keep the service running, we are not collecting additional user or tracking data.

After deleting your data, backup files will be available for 30 days as per GDPR guidelines and server logs with IP addresses are kept only for 7 days according to GDPR guidelines.

After you deleted your data in your account, rotating offline backup files can continue to exist for up to 30 days according to GDPR guidelines.

Server log files can contain client IP addresses and user agent strings from connecting computers. These log files are destroyed automatically within at most seven days.

The Codeberg UI (Gitea UI) is quite similar to GitHub and you will not find it difficult to migrate between them. However, you won’t be getting the advanced features like automation or other integration and collaboration features provided by GitHub. Codeberg is just simple Git hosting, that is all you will get. It maybe something that some of us have been missing from the old days of GitHub, a simple Git service to host our code ( notes ;] ).

Does this mean I’m migrating away from GitHub? absolutely no. GitHub is still the place to be for open-source software and for collaborating with other developers. And I will be only hosting my notes on Codeberg for the time being.

However, if you are interested in a privacy-friendly GitHub alternative from Europe, I suggest you check out Codeberg.

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  1. JLCarveth

    It’s Gitea, not GitTea

      1. Christian Conrad

        It’s gitea, not Git Tea. 🙂

        1. typo, gonna fix that, thank for pointing that out

  2. nice to know you also use Obsidian, I also discovered it recently. However, since I{m not interested in sharing (all of) my notes with the world, I’d rather upload them to a cloud drive (e.g. gdrive, onedrive, or the like).

    1. Well what I did was I ended up creating a private repository on Codeberg. So I don’t have to share my notes with everyone.

  3. Devsfutter

    I won´t recommend Obsidian, is not open-source, so who knows about its privacy concerns. Ubuntu flag it as unsafe.

    1. Yes if you are looking for an open source tool, i think dendron is your best choice

      1. Black123

        You can also consider It is open source project , trying to build a company to support the project.

  4. Dmitry Samsonov

    EU can’t create or propose anything that can be trusted, at least until GDPR requirement to create a stupid pop up is enforced and merkel and other war criminals still
    enjoy their bloody money. 

    1. Toni

      You are not making any sense Dmitry. Putin’s troll?

  5. Mel

    You know there is also something called Darktea which is also just Gitea. But that is running within the Tor network. Which makes it even more private than Codeberg.

  6. Mindupload

    Obsidian isn’t open source either. All you do is transferring notes from one locked service to another