ocaml-git -- Git format and protocol in pure OCaml
Support for on-disk and in-memory Git stores. Can read and write all the Git
objects: blobs, trees, commits and tags. It can also handle pack files, pack
indexes and index files (where the staging area lives - only for
All the objects share a consistent API, and convenience functions are provided to manipulate the different objects. For instance, it is possible to make a pack file position independent (as the Zlib compression might change the relative offsets between the packed objects), to generate pack indexes from pack files, or to expand the filesystem of a given commit.
The library comes with some command-line tools called
ogit-* as a
Proof-of-concept of the core library which shares a similar interface with
git, but where all operations are mapped to the API exposed by
hence using only OCaml code). However, these tools are not meant to be used. They
are just examples of how to use
As a MirageOS project,
ocaml-git is system agnostic. However, it provides a
git-unix package which uses UNIX syscall and is able to introspect a usual Git
repository in a filesystem. However,
ocaml-git handles only Git objects
and does not populate your filesystem as
git does. For example,
does not give you files fetched from the repository but only synchronizes
The API documentation is available online.
Build, Install Instructions and Packages
To build and install the project, simply run:
$ opam install git $ opam install git-unix $ opam install git-mirage
ocaml-git uses 2 libraries with the linking-trick:
These libraries provide a C implementation and an OCaml implementation (mostly
to be compatible with
utop or any a build-system such
ocamlbuild are not able to choose between these implementations. So, you
must explicitely choose one.
These libraries use virtual-library available with
your build-system is
dune, you should not have any problem about that where
dune is able to take the default implementation of these libraries.
What is supported
The loose object files can be read and written;
The PACK files (collections of compressed loose objects using a binary-diff representation) and PACK indexes (indexes of pack files) can be read and written). The binary diff hunks are exposed using a high-level position-independent representation so that they can be manipulated more easily. Pack file can be created and is compressed.
The INDEX file (used as for managing the staging area) are fully supported, which means that
git statuswill work as expected on a repository created by the library. This feature is only available for
git-unixwhen it needs to introspect a file-system.
Cloning and fetching (using various options) are fully supported for the Git protocol, the smart-HTTP protocol and
git+ssh. A subset of the protocol capabilities are implemented (mainly
Pushing is still experimental and needs more testing.
An abstraction for Git Store Is available. Various store implementations are available:
What is not supported
- No server-side operations are currently supported.
- No GC.
- Updates, merge and rebase are not supported. Use irmin instead.
Performance is comparable to the Git tool.
utop example must run into the
ocaml-git repository when the given path
# ;; load necessary modules # #require "checkseum.c" ;; # #require "digestif.c" ;; # #require "git-unix" ;; # ;; we are going to use this project's local repository # module Store = Git_unix.Store ;; module Store = Git_unix.Store # ;; this module is useful for finding git objects in a git store # module Search = Git.Search.Make (Digestif.SHA1) (Store) ;; module Search : sig type hash = Store.hash type store = Store.t type pred = [ `Commit of hash | `Tag of string * hash | `Tree of string * hash | `Tree_root of hash ] val pred : store -> ?full:bool -> hash -> pred list Lwt.t type path = [ `Commit of path | `Path of string list | `Tag of string * path ] val mem : store -> hash -> path -> bool Lwt.t val find : store -> hash -> path -> hash option Lwt.t end # ;; we want to read the contents of a blob under name [filename] # let read filename = let open Lwt_result.Syntax in (* get store located in current root's .git folder *) let* store = Store.v (Fpath.v (Sys.getcwd ())) in (* find obj-id pointed at by master branch (reference) *) let* commit_id = Store.Ref.resolve store Git.Reference.master in let open Lwt.Syntax in (* find obj-id of of [filename] as a git blob *) let* blob_id = Search.find store commit_id (`Commit (`Path [ filename ])) in match blob_id with | None -> Lwt.return (Error (`Not_found commit_id)) | Some hash -> (* read contents of the blob *) Store.read store hash ;; val read : string -> (Store.Value.t, Store.error) Lwt_result.t = <fun> # let pp = let ok ppf = function | Git.Value.Blob b -> Fmt.string ppf (Git.Blob.to_string b) | _ -> Fmt.string ppf "#git-object" in Fmt.result ~ok ~error:Store.pp_error;; val pp : ('_weak1 Git.Value.t, Store.error) result Fmt.t = <fun> # Lwt_main.run Lwt.Infix.(read "README.md" >|= pp Fmt.stdout) ;; ocaml-git -- Git format and protocol in pure OCaml Support for on-disk and in-memory Git stores. Can read and write all the Git objects: the usual blobs, trees, commits and tags but also the pack files, pack indexes and the index file (where the staging area lives). [...]
MIT, see LICENSE.md file for its text.