Grit is no longer maintained. Check out rugged.
Grit gives you object oriented read/write access to Git repositories via Ruby.
The main goals are stability and performance. To this end, some of the
interactions with Git repositories are done by shelling out to the system's
git command, and other interactions are done with pure Ruby
reimplementations of core Git functionality. This choice, however, is
transparent to end users, and you need not know which method is being used.
This software was developed to power GitHub, and should be considered production ready. An extensive test suite is provided to verify its correctness.
Grit is maintained by Tom Preston-Werner, Scott Chacon, Chris Wanstrath, and PJ Hyett.
This documentation is accurate as of Grit 2.3.
- git (http://git-scm.com) tested with 126.96.36.199
Easiest install is via RubyGems:
$ gem install grit
Grit's Git repo is available on GitHub, which can be browsed at:
and cloned with:
git clone git://github.com/mojombo/grit.git
You will need these gems to get tests to pass:
If you'd like to hack on Grit, follow these instructions. To get all of the dependencies, install the gem first.
- Fork the project to your own account
- Clone down your fork
- Create a thoughtfully named topic branch to contain your change
- Hack away
- Add tests and make sure everything still passes by running
- If you are adding new functionality, document it in README.md
- Do not change the version number, I will do that on my end
- If necessary, rebase your commits into logical chunks, without errors
- Push the branch up to GitHub
- Send a pull request for your branch
Grit gives you object model access to your Git repositories. Once you have
Repo object, you can traverse it to find parent commits,
trees, blobs, etc.
Initialize a Repo object
The first step is to create a
Grit::Repo object to represent your repo. In
this documentation I include the
Grit module to reduce typing.
require 'grit' repo = Grit::Repo.new("/Users/tom/dev/grit")
In the above example, the directory
/Users/tom/dev/grit is my working
directory and contains the
.git directory. You can also initialize Grit with
a bare repo.
repo = Repo.new("/var/git/grit.git")
Getting a list of commits
Repo object, you can get a list of commits as an array of
repo.commits # => [#<Grit::Commit "e80bbd2ce67651aa18e57fb0b43618ad4baf7750">, #<Grit::Commit "91169e1f5fa4de2eaea3f176461f5dc784796769">, #<Grit::Commit "038af8c329ef7c1bae4568b98bd5c58510465493">, #<Grit::Commit "40d3057d09a7a4d61059bca9dca5ae698de58cbe">, #<Grit::Commit "4ea50f4754937bf19461af58ce3b3d24c77311d9">]
Called without arguments,
Repo#commits returns a list of up to ten commits
reachable by the master branch (starting at the latest commit). You can
ask for commits beginning at a different branch, commit, tag, etc.
repo.commits('mybranch') repo.commits('40d3057d09a7a4d61059bca9dca5ae698de58cbe') repo.commits('v0.1')
You can specify the maximum number of commits to return.
If you need paging, you can specify a number of commits to skip.
repo.commits('master', 10, 20)
The above will return commits 21-30 from the commit list.
The Commit object
Commit objects contain information about that commit.
head = repo.commits.first head.id # => "e80bbd2ce67651aa18e57fb0b43618ad4baf7750" head.parents # => [#<Grit::Commit "91169e1f5fa4de2eaea3f176461f5dc784796769">] head.tree # => #<Grit::Tree "3536eb9abac69c3e4db583ad38f3d30f8db4771f"> head.author # => #<Grit::Actor "Tom Preston-Werner <email@example.com>"> head.authored_date # => Wed Oct 24 22:02:31 -0700 2007 head.committer # => #<Grit::Actor "Tom Preston-Werner <firstname.lastname@example.org>"> head.committed_date # => Wed Oct 24 22:02:31 -0700 2007 head.message # => "add Actor inspect"
You can traverse a commit's ancestry by chaining calls to
The above corresponds to master^^^ or master~3 in Git parlance.
The Tree object
A tree records pointers to the contents of a directory. Let's say you want the root tree of the latest commit on the master branch.
tree = repo.commits.first.tree # => #<Grit::Tree "3536eb9abac69c3e4db583ad38f3d30f8db4771f"> tree.id # => "3536eb9abac69c3e4db583ad38f3d30f8db4771f"
Once you have a tree, you can get the contents.
contents = tree.contents # => [#<Grit::Blob "4ebc8aea50e0a67e000ba29a30809d0a7b9b2666">, #<Grit::Blob "81d2c27608b352814cbe979a6acd678d30219678">, #<Grit::Tree "c3d07b0083f01a6e1ac969a0f32b8d06f20c62e5">, #<Grit::Tree "4d00fe177a8407dbbc64a24dbfc564762c0922d8">]
This tree contains two
Blob objects and two
Tree objects. The trees are
subdirectories and the blobs are files. Trees below the root have additional
contents.last.name # => "lib" contents.last.mode # => "040000"
There is a convenience method that allows you to get a named sub-object from a tree.
tree / "lib" # => #<Grit::Tree "e74893a3d8a25cbb1367cf241cc741bfd503c4b2">
You can also get a tree directly from the repo if you know its name.
repo.tree # => #<Grit::Tree "master"> repo.tree("91169e1f5fa4de2eaea3f176461f5dc784796769") # => #<Grit::Tree "91169e1f5fa4de2eaea3f176461f5dc784796769">
The Blob object
A blob represents a file. Trees often contain blobs.
blob = tree.contents.first # => #<Grit::Blob "4ebc8aea50e0a67e000ba29a30809d0a7b9b2666">
A blob has certain attributes.
blob.id # => "4ebc8aea50e0a67e000ba29a30809d0a7b9b2666" blob.name # => "README.txt" blob.mode # => "100644" blob.size # => 7726
You can get the data of a blob as a string.
blob.data # => "Grit is a library to ..."
You can also get a blob directly from the repo if you know its name.
repo.blob("4ebc8aea50e0a67e000ba29a30809d0a7b9b2666") # => #<Grit::Blob "4ebc8aea50e0a67e000ba29a30809d0a7b9b2666">
There are many more API methods available that are not documented here. Please reference the code for more functionality.
Copyright (c) 2010 Tom Preston-Werner. See LICENSE for details.