About Heptapod

Heptapod mark

In 2018, before the Bitbucket forge dropped Mercurial support (final removal of all Mercurial projects happened in 2020), we decided to make a community driven friendly fork of GitLab™ that would be able to handle both Git and Mercurial.

The goal was to provide a trusty solution for Mercurial based projects and set up an European based hosting platform for source code.

Heptapod has proven to be usable for Mercurial and Git projects, and to be the platform of choice in the case of Mercurial.

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Beside being Open Source software that end users and organizations can host for themselves, the Heptapod project provides two online source code and DevOps hosting plaforms:

Heptapod FOSS, foss.heptapod.net

A public software forge which is free of charge for Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).


Heptapod Cloud, heptapod.host

Heptapod Cloud at heptapod.host for the more general public, e.g., private repositories.

Heptapod Cloud

Heptapod Self-Hosted

Heptapod is a Free and Open Source software that you can self hosted in various ways.

Self Hosted

The people and companies behind Heptapod

These two online services are joint efforts by Octobus and Clever Cloud.

Clever Cloud is a French hosting company whith a strong focus on data sovereignty through multiple data centers in Europe.

The partnership between Octobus and Clever Cloud takes precisely its roots from those very shared values of freedom for free software, data management with respect, openness, interoperability and no vendor lock-in at no price.

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Heptapod is a community-driven effort to bring Mercurial support to GitLab™, started by Octobus, a team of Mercurial experts taming the biggest pain-point in the Mercurial ecosystem.

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Clever Cloud is the hosting half of the partnership behind heptapod.host.

They help companies and IT professionals to achieve software delivery faster, reduce their feedback loop, focus on their core value and stop worrying about their hosting infrastructure by providing a solution for application sustainability.

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Octobus is the software half of the partnership behind Heptapod Cloud and Heptapod software.

They provide commercial support for Mercurial, a free, distributed source control management tool.

Heptapod features

Activity-Based Pricing

Only pay for active users.

Git Hosting

Heptapod has the full Git hosting capabilities of its GitLab Core foundation.

Mercurial Hosting

Access your Mercurial repository through HTTPS, SSH or the Web UI.

Easy and Safe History Mutation

Use Mercurial as you have for 15 years, or start collaborating on drafts using the topic and evolve extensions.

Project Management Features

GitLab basic features are fully integrated:
merge requests, issues tracker, milestones and boards

GitLab Pages

Easily build and publish static websites under heptapod.io directly from Git or Mercurial repository with free HTTPS certificate

Integrated On-Demand CI/CD

Pre-configured CI runners can get spawned on-demand and billed based on your actual usage. You can also use your own runners if you prefer so.

Container Registry

Host your Container images close to your code (Docker or any OCI image). Access your private images with the same credentials as your code, notably from CI.

Category Feature Support Notes
Access control Group based Yes
Project based Yes
Subgroups Yes
Mercurial & Git access:
clone, push, pull
HTTPS Yes With Personal Access Tokens
Mercurial workflow Merge-request from named branch Yes With immutable changesets.
Merge-request from topic branch Yes With mutable draft changeset
Merging MR from the command line Yes
Merging MR from the Web UI Yes With merge if needed, linear and semi-linear options
Other Web, UI branch, Manipulations No
Some MR actions No E.g. cherry-pick
Protected branches Yes
Project forks No
Project Management Issues Yes
Milestones Yes
Board Yes
Wikis Yes
Email notifications Notifications Yes
Comment by reply Yes
Integration Mattermost Yes External, not provided on heptapod.host
External issue tracker, CI Bots, etc. Unclear Some work only for Git projects. Contact us for more details.
Import From generic Mercurial or Git URL Yes
From another Heptapod or GitLab instance Yes
Full imports from other forges implemented in GitLab Partial Git only
Multiple, specified as a manifest file Partial Mercurial only
Continuous Integration User managed runners Yes
Clever-Cloud managed runners Yes Provided and billed on-demand
Continuous Deployment Unclear Needs user feedback
Auto-devops Unclear Needs user feedback
Hosting Build Artifacts Yes Need to lift various size limits and probably S3-like storage
Container Registry Yes
GitLab Pages Yes Host static websites under heptapod.io
Authentication Clever Cloud SSO Yes
SSO No Other than Clever Cloud's on heptapod.host
2FA push/pull Yes with Personal Access Tokens
Advanced Mercurial features Changeset Evolution Yes
Topic branches Yes
LFS Needs Work Large binary objects
Narrow clones No
Clone bundles Needs Work