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Software repository

Software repository

(also repo, code repository, binary repository)

Software repository definition

A software repository is a centralized storage location for software packages, typically managed by repository managers or source control. Software repositories provide developers and users remote access to code modules and packages. They may contain the whole operating system or be used specifically for a particular platform or program. Often, they come with a table of contents along with metadata.

Popular storage repositories

  • GitHub
  • Docker
  • GitLab
  • Azure DevOps Services
  • JFrog Artifactory
  • Nexus repository

Software repository security

  • Because a code repository is a central place where a company’s code is stored and managed, it’s important to keep it secure.
  • Software repositories have many security features, such as anti-malware design and authentication systems (e.g., passwords and private keys).
  • These security features allow legitimate users to easily log on in a safe environment and find the code or software resources required.

How to protect storage repositories

  1. Choose a trustworthy repository. When choosing a repository, consider how it is managed, including its underlying infrastructure.
  2. Protect access credentials (e.g., private keys should be password protected).
  3. Separate secret credentials from source code.
  4. Swiftly revoke access to the repository when no longer required or if compromised.
  5. Review all code changes to help prevent malicious or unintended code from being included.

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