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Git-Dumper – A Tool To Dump A Git Repository From A Website

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Git-Dumper – A Tool To Dump A Git Repository From A Website

A tool to dump a git repository from a website.


This can be installed easily with pip:

pip install git-dumper  


usage: git-dumper [options] URL DIR    Dump a git repository from a website.    positional arguments:    URL                   url    DIR                   output directory    optional arguments:    -h, --help            show this help message and exit    --proxy PROXY         use the specified proxy    -j JOBS, --jobs JOBS  number of simultaneous requests    -r RETRY, --retry RETRY                          number of request attempts before giving up    -t TIMEOUT, --timeout TIMEOUT                          maximum time in seconds before giving up    -u USER_AGENT, --user-agent USER_AGENT                          user-agent to use for requests    -H HEADER, --header HEADER                          additional http headers, e.g `NAME=VALUE`  


git-dumper http://website.com/.git ~/website  


Use this software at your own risk!

You should know that if the repository you are downloading is controlled by an attacker, this could lead to remote code execution on your machine.

Build from source

Simply install the dependencies with pip:

pip install -r requirements.txt  

Then, simply use:

./git_dumper.py http://website.com/.git ~/website  

How does it work?

The tool will first check if directory listing is available. If it is, then it will just recursively download the .git directory (what you would do with wget).

If directory listing is not available, it will use several methods to find as many files as possible. Step by step, git-dumper will:

  • Fetch all common files (.gitignore, .git/HEAD, .git/index, etc.);
  • Find as many refs as possible (such as refs/heads/master, refs/remotes/origin/HEAD, etc.) by analyzing .git/HEAD, .git/logs/HEAD, .git/config, .git/packed-refs and so on;
  • Find as many objects (sha1) as possible by analyzing .git/packed-refs, .git/index, .git/refs/* and .git/logs/*;
  • Fetch all objects recursively, analyzing each commits to find their parents;
  • Run git checkout . to recover the current working tree