Open Source System Architecture

 Building A Service On Great Open Source Tools

I’ve been working on as a side project since February 10th, 2013 and the service has slowly grown to host over 250 gitignore templates. I finally got a chance to create a diagram of’s architecture to show how I maintain an extremely low cost service built using amazing open source and free tools.


  1. GitHub Free OSS - Source code repository
  2. Travis CI Free OSS - Continuous integration and unit testing
  3. Heroku Staging Free Single Dyno - Public facing staging app for online testing of latest build
  4. Heorku Production Free Single Dyno - Public facing production app
  5. CloudFlare Free Website - Content Distribution Network
  6. IWantMyName $49 - Domain name provider
    • Domain -
  7. User Web Request

All of these free tools allow to run as an open source project serving 500,000 requests and 30,000 unique visitors per month.


Now read this Template Fork

Growing Beyond GitHub’s gitignore Template List Since Feb 13, 2013, relied on GitHub’s list of gitignore templates to power the website. GitHub maintains the most popular gitignore template list as reflected by it’s 50,000+... Continue →