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Due to performance and reliability issues, I stopped using hubiC, migrated all my data out of it, and closed my account. As a consequence, I can no longer maintain this project.

If anyone is interested in taking over, please get in touch and we'll see if I can transfer the repository!

hubiC remote for git-annex

Manage your data with git-annex, store them in your hubiC account.

Warning: this project is very recent and quite experimental. It may cause data loss. It may hurt your children and your cats. It might cause a nuclear explosion nearby. Don't trust it.


  • Lets you store and retrieve data managed with git-annex to your hubiC account
  • Authentication is done using OAuth 2.0: no need for your hubiC password!
  • Data integrity is checked using client-side and server-side MD5 checksums of your files
  • Written in Python 3 (only tested with 3.4, should work with 3.3, may work with 3.2)
  • Uses the reputable python-swiftclient package to communicate with hubiC servers (official Python bindings from the OpenStack project)
  • Uses the new git-annex special remote protocol
  • Tested on Linux (x86_64 and armel)


  1. Install Python3 and setuptools ≥ 0.7 (on Arch Linux: pacman -S python-setuptools; on Debian/Ubuntu: apt-get install python3-setuptools). If setuptools ≥ 0.7 is not available, you can install distribute instead; if distribute isn't available either, you should try to install setuptools in your $HOME with pip3 install --user --upgrade setuptools.

  2. Clone this repository:

    git clone git://
  3. Install the package:

    python3 install --user
  4. Go to a repository you manage with git-annex, and initialize your new remote using the following commands as a starting point:

    git annex initremote my-hubic-remote type=external externaltype=hubic encryption=shared hubic_container=annex hubic_path=path/to/data embedcreds=no
    • my-hubic-remote is the name of your remote
    • hubic_container is the name of the Swift container used to store your data. If you don't specify anything, the name "default" will be used, which is the name of the container used by the hubiC desktop client and shown in the web interface. Therefore it is not recommended to use the "default" container to store your annexed data, as they will be synced to your computer if you use the desktop client.
    • hubic_path is the directory where your annexed data will be stored in the container your chose.
    • embedcreds controls whether your access token shall be stored in the git repository. If set to yes, anyone with access to your repository can get full access to all your hubiC data, so don't set it to yes unless you really trust the machines where your repository is stored and the people who have access to it.
    • encryption is used to control whether your data will be encrypted on the remote, just like with any other remote.

You can now use your new remote just like any other git-annex remote.

If you use git annex enableremote on a clone of your repository, you'll be asked to login again. If this clone happens to be on a browser-less computer (VPS, server, NAS...), this won't work. However you can just copy your credentials file to that repository: it should be named .git/annex/creds/$UUID-token where $UUID is the UUID of your hubiC remote (you can get that with git annex info).

Enjoy, and in case of trouble don't hesitate to file an issue or to send me an e-mail.


The very first version of this remote, when published to GitHub, only supported storing data in the default container. However doing so is not recommended as data stored in that container will be synced to your computer if you use the desktop client.

So if you started using this remote before the hubic_container option was available, I strongly encourage you to migrate your data out of your default container. To do so, you can use the git-annex-remote-hubic-migrate script provided with this package:

git-annex-remote-hubic-migrate old_path/to/data new_container_name new/path/to/data

This will do server-side copies from "default" to "new_container_name", without needing to re-upload everything. Once the copy is complete, you should change your remote config:

git annex enableremote my-hubic-remote hubic_container=new_container_name hubic_path=new/path/to/data

You can then run git annex fsck -F my-remote-hubic to check that all your data are still there. Once it succeeds, you may delete the old data by hand (for example from the webclient), or by running the same script again with the --move option:

git-annex-remote-hubic-migrate --move old_path/to/data new_container_name new/path/to/data


If you want to hack on this remote, feel free :)

  • Use git annex --debug. It saves lifes.

  • There are a few tests in the test directory; they only cover common use cases.

  • If you wish to use the swift command to access your hubiC account, you can have the remote dump the needed credentials to a file using an environment variable:

      export GIT_ANNEX_HUBIC_AUTH_FILE=/path/to/auth/file
      source /path/to/auth/file
      swift list


This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see


A git-annex special remote for hubiC -- UNMAINTAINED







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