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Kart: Distributed version-control for datasets

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Upgrading to v0.11.5

See the v0.11.5 release notes for changes, upgrading, and compatibility notes.


Download the .msi installer from the release page.

💡 If Windows Defender SmartScreen says "it prevented an unrecognized app from starting" after downloading, you'll need to click "Run anyway".


Download the .pkg installer from the release page;

Or use Homebrew to install: brew install koordinates/kart/kart


For Debian/Ubuntu-based distributions, download the .deb package from the release page and install via dpkg -i kart_*.deb.

For RPM-based distributions, download the .rpm package from the release page and install via rpm -i kart-*.rpm.


For Kart development see the Contributing Notes.


See the documentation for tutorials and reference.

💡 If you're new to git

Configure the identity you will use for Kart commits with:

$ kart config --global ""
$ kart config --global "Your Name"

Quick Start

  1. Export a GeoPackage from Koordinates with any combination of vector layers and tables.
  2. Create a new Kart repository and import the GeoPackage (eg. kx-foo-layer.gpkg).
    $ kart init myproject --import GPKG:kx-foo-layer.gpkg
    $ cd myproject
    Use this repository as the directory to run all the other commands in. This will also create a working copy as myproject/myproject.gpkg to edit.
  3. Editing the working copy in QGIS/etc:
    • will track changes in the internal kart tables
    • additions/edits/deletes of features are supported
    • changing feature PKs is supported
    • schema changes should be detected, but aren't supported yet (will error).
    • Use F5 to refresh your QGIS map after changing the underlying working-copy data using kart.
  4. With your working copy, kart commands should work if run from the myproject/ folder. Check --help for options, the most important ones are supported. In some cases options are passed straight through to an underlying git command:
    • kart diff diff the working copy against the repository (no index!)
    • kart commit -m {message} commit outstanding changes from the working copy
    • kart log review commit history
    • kart branch & kart checkout -b branch management
    • kart fetch fetch upstream changes.
    • kart status show working copy state.
    • kart merge merge. Supports --ff/--no-ff/--ff-only from one merge source.
    • kart switch switch to existing or new branches.
    • kart reset & kart restore discard changes in the working copy.
    • kart tag ...
    • kart remote .... Remember simple remotes can just be another local directory.
    • kart push / kart pull
    • kart clone initialise a new repository from a remote URL,


GPLv2 with linking exception

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2, as published by the Free Software Foundation.

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