Provides examples and code snippets for the JGit Java Git implementation
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Provides examples and code snippets for the JGit Java Git implementation.

The JGit framework is rich and diverse, it has two layers, a low-level api and a higher-level set of porcelain commands. This can be a bit intimidating at first as there are lots of classes, some of which are not relevant for most tasks.

This project tries to provide a collection of ready-to-run snippets which provide a quick start for building functionality using JGit.

Please make sure to take a look at the nicely written introduction and also use the existing JavaDoc and the User Guide as well, as they are well done and provide detailed information and a general overview of JGit respectively.

Note: Please use sites such as for general questions about JGit usage, not issues in this project. Issues should be used for problems with snippets and suggestions of missing snippets. Snippets from good answers on stackoverflow can then be included here, naturally.

Getting started

Grab it
git clone git://
Build it and create Eclipse project files
When using Maven
mvn dependency:sources eclipse:eclipse package
When using Gradle
./gradlew eclipse check

Run it

Import the project into your favourite IDE and execute the snippets there.

Currently the following snippets are available

General Repository handling
Porcelain commands
Commands working with remote repositories
Low-level API
  • There is a standalone sub-project in directory httpserver which starts up a simple HTTP Git server based on the JGit GitServlet.

Just import the project in your IDE and start up the Main application, see the Comments in the code for more details.

Missing snippets


The following sources were used to build the snippets:

Other applications using JGit


Please note that the list of snippets is not yet complete, probably never will. If you are missing things or have suggestions how to improve or add snippets, please either send pull requests or create issues.


Copyright 2013-2017 Dominik Stadler

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