One of the key features that differentiates SourceHut from many other forges is the concept of projects as collections of arbitrary resources. This makes for a powerful tool, but might take some getting used to if you are accustomed to working with other forges. To help with that, this tutorial will cover the most important aspects of organizing your projects.

Understanding projects

On other forges, a project is usually implicitly equivalent to a source code repository. A repository can for example have one issue tracker, and maybe also one wiki. If you create a new repository, you have essentially created a new project.

On SourceHut, things are a little different. Projects are something you can create and manage independently from anything else. They are managed on the project hub (sometimes referred to as Most importantly, creating a new source code repository does not create a new project. You will have to do so explicitly.

Projects serve two purposes: they provide discoverability and link together other resources. They might for example link source code repositories with bug trackers and mailing lists. Unlike other forges, SourceHut projects do not put any constraints on the cardinality of these links. A project can contain multiple source code repositories, and an issue tracker can be part of several projects.

Features that require projects

Even if all you need is a single source code repository, the one thing that only a project can provide is discoverability. All of SourceHut's exploration and search features operate on projects: their description, their tags, etc. So if you want others to be able to find your work, make sure to create a project for it.

SourceHut also has a bunch of cross-service features that can only work if certain resources are linked by means of being part of the same project. Some common examples include:

All these examples use resources from different services, so to determine what is allowed and what isn't, SourceHut relies on the project owner to link the resources through projects.

Common project layouts

To give you some sense of how projects are commonly organized, here are a few examples:

  • SourceHut itself is a good example of a reasonably complex, but otherwise not unusual project: it has multiple source code repositories, multiple mailing lists, and multiple issue trackers
  • The vim folks maintain both a git and a mercurial repository - both part of the same project
  • Turning things around, many developers employ the concept of a public inbox, a catch-all mailing list on which they accept patches for various smaller projects, by linking the list to each of them

In the end, the project layout has to match your needs. But the flexibility of SourceHut's approach to projects comes with one chore: you need to think about it, and configure it explicitly.

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