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Repository files API

CRUD for repository files

Create, read, update and delete repository files using this API

Get file from repository

Allows you to receive information about file in repository like name, size, content. Note that file content is Base64 encoded. This endpoint can be accessed without authentication if the repository is publicly accessible.

GET /projects/:id/repository/files/:file_path
curl --request GET --header 'PRIVATE-TOKEN: 9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK' 'https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/13083/repository/files/app%2Fmodels%2Fkey%2Erb?ref=master'

Example response:

{
  "file_name": "key.rb",
  "file_path": "app/models/key.rb",
  "size": 1476,
  "encoding": "base64",
  "content": "IyA9PSBTY2hlbWEgSW5mb3...",
  "ref": "master",
  "blob_id": "79f7bbd25901e8334750839545a9bd021f0e4c83",
  "commit_id": "d5a3ff139356ce33e37e73add446f16869741b50",
  "last_commit_id": "570e7b2abdd848b95f2f578043fc23bd6f6fd24d"
}

Parameters:

  • file_path (required) - Url encoded full path to new file. Ex. lib%2Fclass%2Erb
  • ref (required) - The name of branch, tag or commit

Get raw file from repository

GET /projects/:id/repository/files/:file_path/raw
curl --request GET --header 'PRIVATE-TOKEN: 9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK' 'https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/13083/repository/files/app%2Fmodels%2Fkey%2Erb/raw?ref=master'

Parameters:

  • file_path (required) - Url encoded full path to new file. Ex. lib%2Fclass%2Erb
  • ref (required) - The name of branch, tag or commit

Create new file in repository

POST /projects/:id/repository/files/:file_path
curl --request POST --header 'PRIVATE-TOKEN: 9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK' 'https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/13083/repository/files/app%2Fprojectrb%2E?branch=master&author_email=author%40example.com&author_name=Firstname%20Lastname&content=some%20content&commit_message=create%20a%20new%20file'

Example response:

{
  "file_name": "app/project.rb",
  "branch": "master"
}

Parameters:

  • file_path (required) - Url encoded full path to new file. Ex. lib%2Fclass%2Erb
  • branch (required) - Name of the branch
  • start_branch (optional) - Name of the branch to start the new commit from
  • encoding (optional) - Change encoding to 'base64'. Default is text.
  • author_email (optional) - Specify the commit author's email address
  • author_name (optional) - Specify the commit author's name
  • content (required) - File content
  • commit_message (required) - Commit message

Update existing file in repository

PUT /projects/:id/repository/files/:file_path
curl --request PUT --header 'PRIVATE-TOKEN: 9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK' 'https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/13083/repository/files/app%2Fproject%2Erb?branch=master&author_email=author%40example.com&author_name=Firstname%20Lastname&content=some%20other%20content&commit_message=update%20file'

Example response:

{
  "file_name": "app/project.rb",
  "branch": "master"
}

Parameters:

  • file_path (required) - Url encoded full path to new file. Ex. lib%2Fclass%2Erb
  • branch (required) - Name of the branch
  • start_branch (optional) - Name of the branch to start the new commit from
  • encoding (optional) - Change encoding to 'base64'. Default is text.
  • author_email (optional) - Specify the commit author's email address
  • author_name (optional) - Specify the commit author's name
  • content (required) - New file content
  • commit_message (required) - Commit message
  • last_commit_id (optional) - Last known file commit id

If the commit fails for any reason we return a 400 error with a non-specific error message. Possible causes for a failed commit include:

  • the file_path contained /../ (attempted directory traversal);
  • the new file contents were identical to the current file contents, i.e. the user tried to make an empty commit;
  • the branch was updated by a Git push while the file edit was in progress.

Currently gitlab-shell has a boolean return code, preventing GitLab from specifying the error.

Delete existing file in repository

DELETE /projects/:id/repository/files/:file_path
curl --request DELETE --header 'PRIVATE-TOKEN: 9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK' 'https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/13083/repository/files/app%2Fproject%2Erb?branch=master&author_email=author%40example.com&author_name=Firstname%20Lastname&commit_message=delete%20file'

Example response:

{
  "file_name": "app/project.rb",
  "branch": "master"
}

Parameters:

  • file_path (required) - Url encoded full path to new file. Ex. lib%2Fclass%2Erb
  • branch (required) - Name of the branch
  • start_branch (optional) - Name of the branch to start the new commit from
  • author_email (optional) - Specify the commit author's email address
  • author_name (optional) - Specify the commit author's name
  • commit_message (required) - Commit message