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GitPython is a python library used to interact with git repositories, high-level like git-porcelain, or low-level like git-plumbing.

It provides abstractions of git objects for easy access of repository data, and additionally allows you to access the git repository more directly using either a pure python implementation, or the faster, but more resource intensive git command implementation.

The object database implementation is optimized for handling large quantities of objects and large datasets, which is achieved by using low-level structures and data streaming.


GitPython needs the git executable to be installed on the system and available in your PATH for most operations. If it is not in your PATH, you can help GitPython find it by setting the GIT_PYTHON_GIT_EXECUTABLE=<path/to/git> environment variable.

  • Git (1.7.x or newer)

The list of dependencies are listed in ./requirements.txt and ./test-requirements.txt. The installer takes care of installing them for you.


Latest Version Supported Python Versions

If you have downloaded the source code:

python install

or if you want to obtain a copy from the Pypi repository:

pip install gitpython

Both commands will install the required package dependencies.

A distribution package can be obtained for manual installation at:


The easiest way to run test is by using tox a wrapper around virtualenv. It will take care of setting up environnements with the proper dependencies installed and execute test commands. To install it simply:

pip install tox

Then run:



GitPython's git repo is available on GitHub, which can be browsed at github and cloned like that:

git clone

Live Coding

You can watch me fix issues or implement new features live on Twitch, or have a look at past recordings on youtube


  • User Documentation
  • Questions and Answers
    • Please post on stackoverflow and use the gitpython tag
  • Issue Tracker
    • Post reproducible bugs and feature requests as a new issue. Please be sure to provide the following information if posting bugs:
      • GitPython version (e.g. import git; git.__version__)
      • Python version (e.g. python --version)
      • The encountered stack-trace, if applicable
      • Enough information to allow reproducing the issue

How to make a new release

  • Update/verify the version in the VERSION file
  • Update/verify that the changelog has been updated
  • Commit everything
  • Run git tag <version> to tag the version in Git
  • Run make release
  • Finally, set the upcoming version in the VERSION file, usually be incrementing the patch level, and possibly by appending -dev. Probably you want to git push once more.


New BSD License. See the LICENSE file.


Build Status Code Climate Documentation Status Issue Stats Issue Stats

Now that there seems to be a massive user base, this should be motivation enough to let git-python return to a proper state, which means

  • no open pull requests
  • no open issues describing bugs
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