You can use Bitbucket to host a static website. A static website contains coded HTML pages with fixed content. Websites hosted in this way have the
bitbucket.org domain in their URL, for example,
http://tortoisehg.bitbucket.org. Another example, is the site maintained by the Bitbucket 101 tutorial that lists favorite quotes by Bitbuckians.
Publishing a static website on Bitbucket requires you to combine your account's name with the
bitbucket.org domain suffix. So, your account's name must be acceptable to your DNS service. Upper case characters and special characters are typically not acceptable. For example, if your account's name is
happy_cat, you would need to create a new account with a username of
happycat to use this feature because underscores are not allowed in DNS hostnames. Your repository name would be
happycat.bitbucket.org and the published static website is reached by this URL:
Configure a Website for Hosting
To use this feature, do the following:
- Log into your Bitbucket account.
Create a repository and making sure to Name it using the following format:The repository name needs to include the trailing
bitbucket.org. For example, if your accountname is
tutorials(1) your repository Name should be this
- Clone your repository to your local system.
- Create an
index.htmlfile in the repository root.
Keep in mind the names are case sensitive; Bitbucket treats
Index.htmlas different file names. Make sure your file is named
index.html– all lowercase.
index.htmlfile to your repository, commit the change, and push the result to Bitbucket.
- Navigate to the
For example, if your username is is
tutorialsyou would navigate to
http://tutorials.bitbucket.org. The system displays the HTML in the site's
Technical Features and Limitations of this Feature
Static websites on Bitbucket support the following features:
- Embedding images and other media.
- Blog comments by embedding Disqus in your site.
This feature turns a repository into a plain static webserver that uses the repository's root as the web root. Bitbucket does not support the use of HTTPS with this feature; you cannot log into the site. The system does not issue cookies for these domains. Server-side scripts or code are not supported. You cannot use PHP or other server-side scripting languages on the site.
Finally, Atlassian injects a
rum.js script into each Bitbucket website. This script captures internal web analytics and statistics.
Hosting Multiple Projects Under a Single Website
You may have multiple projects that you want to host from the same Bitbucket websites, you can do this by placing each project in a repository subdirectory. In this example, you would want to organize things such that you can point users to:
Each project sub-sirectory would act as a self-contained website with its own
Bitbucket is forgiving with regard to trailing slashes: a request to
/ with result in
projectX/index.html being served (if such a file exists), regardless of whether the trailing slash is included in the URL. This presents a problem with relative links.
projectX/index.html, for example, could include a relative link to a README:
If the trailing slash were omitted from the URL, this link would resolve to
Public and Private Repositories and Static Websites
The static website you create with this feature is just like any other website on the Internet — anyone with the URL (address) can visit and view your static website. The underlying Bitbucket repository can be a public repository or a private repository. This means if your Bitbucket repository is private, users can still visit and view the static website. The same is true if the underlying repository is public.