Free Hosting at BitBucket

posted by Steve Losh on October 13, 2009

One undocumented (to my knowledge) feature of BitBucket is the ability to have them host a static website for you. It’s quick and easy to get started:

  1. Create a repository named on BitBucket.
  2. Clone it to your local machine.
  3. Add a simple index.html file.
  4. Push it back up to BitBucket.

Now visit and you should see the contents of the index.html file you just uploaded.

BitBucket will serve whatever is in the tip of that special repository as a static website. This is similar to GitHub’s user-level “pages” feature, except that your files don’t get run through Jekyll or any other kind of filter.

Unfortunately, BitBucket does not seem to have an equivalent to GitHub’s project-level “pages”.

BitBucket will host your static website for free.