Install GitVersion on Ubuntu 16.04: a step-by-step guide

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One of Red River’s core tenets is our iterative, continuous deployment of projects. As a part of this process, we recently had to provision a new Linux build server and install GitVersion on it. I could not find a clear guide on how to do this so I’ve put together a step-by-step that I hope might make it simpler for others in the future.

Step 1 – Install Mono + Dependencies

GitVersion is written in C# .NET and as such requires the Mono framework in order to run on Linux.

Install Mono:

$ sudo apt-get install mono-complete

GitVersion also requires libcurl3:

$ sudo apt-get install libcurl3

Step 2 – Download GitVersion

Download the latest release from GitHub:

$ wget

Unzip it to a new folder:

$ unzip -d GitVersion

Step 3 – Install GitVersion

At this point you should be able to run:

$ mono GitVersion/GitVersion.exe

However, it will error as it is not being executed from inside a git repository. In order to execute GitVersion in any folder we choose we need to add it to the path.

Step 3.1 – Create GitVersion Wrapper

To make usage simple we will create a wrapper for GitVersion so that we can call it like any other standard Linux command.

First, change into the GitVersion folder:

$ cd GitVersion

Print the current working directory and then copy its value to your clipboard:

$ pwd

Open a new file using your text editor:

$ nano gitversion

Type or paste the following lines into the new file, substituting {current_working_directory} with the contents of the pwd command you previously copied.

mono {current_working_directory}/GitVersion.exe "$@"

Save the file and exit.

Step 3.2 – Add GitVersion to the /usr/local/bin

The final step in the install process is to add our wrapper to the /usr/local/bin folder. This will allow us to execute gitversion from any folder.

To add the wrapper to /usr/local/bin create a symlink:

$ ln -S $(pwd)/gitversion /usr/local/bin/gitversion

Make sure to run the above command in the GitVersion folder previously created to ensure the symlink is created with the correct path.

Step 4 – Using the command

GitVersion should now be installed! To use it you simply execute gitversion from within a git repository, passing any parameters you wish. Full documentation on usage can be found here.


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