A recent stackoverflow answer got me thinking: what's the easiest way to use Dropbox for your git repos?
How about just typing this:
And your repo gets mirrored to a bare repo in your Dropbox! Sound like a good time? Read on!
To install (this may require sudo):
curl -o /usr/local/bin/git-dropbox https://raw.github.com/agnoster/git-dropbox/master/git-dropbox.sh chmod +x /usr/local/bin/git-dropbox
Now, in any git project, run the following:
- If you haven't run it before, it will prompt you for a location to create git repos.
- Saves this to
git config --global dropbox.folder
- Creates that folder if it doesn't exist
- Creates a new bare repo matching the name of your git project's directory
- So, for
my_project, the default location would be
- So, for
- Does a
git push $NEW_BARE_REPO --mirror
Simple. Now, whenever you do a
git dropbox it will re-mirror to the same directory.
Q: Why doesn't it just add a remote and let you push?
A: Coming. But right now I want it as simple as possible.
git dropbox and you're done. Also, if you add it as a remote it ends up pushing tracking branches for itself when you mirror, which just seems weird.
Q: What if I want to push a single project to a different place? (Like maybe a toplevel directory for sharing?)
A: First off: if you are sharing, I highly recommend you don't have multiple people push to one repo. Better to each have a dropbox repo and pull from each other when need be. But you can in fact set the location of the mirror bare repo with a simple config variable:
git config dropbox.repo /path/to/dropbox/repo