Can I download a git repository without git?

Can I download a git repository without git?

I keep a lot of stuff in git repositories, out there on the net. The problem is that I often find myself on machines that don't have git, and where I also don't have root access. I don't necessarily need to commit changes back to the repo, just get the current master of the git project.

Is there any way to download a git repo, without having git itself? The ideal solution would be some kind of portable shell script.


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Since that kinda goes against the git philsophy of always having your entire repository history local, I doubt you are going to find anything.

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On the server with the git repository, create a shell script that exports and zips the code, then download that zip from the other machines.. For example:.
cd /pub/git/project.git git archive --format=zip --prefix=project/ HEAD > /home/project/public_html/downloads/ 

. Also, to make this generate HEAD on-demand, use a server-side script to execute the shell script and provide the zip file for download.

. Here's a basic CFML script that does this - but it can obviously be written in any server-side language..
<cfset OutputFilename = ""/> <cfexecute name="/home/project/"/> <cfheader name="Content-Disposition" value="inline; filename=#OutputFilename#"/> <cfcontent file="./#OutputFilename#" reset type="application/zip"/><cfsetting showdebugoutput="false"/><cfabort/> 

. EDIT: The cgit web interface to git supports this out of the box.

View any commit and you can download a .zip, .tar.gz or a .tar.bz2.


You can just scp(1) a git repository to your local machine, if you have ssh access to the machine on which the git repository resides.

When you want to merge the history, you can scp the new repo back and merge..


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