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Gitstamp is a specification and service for timestamping Git commits using the Arweave permaweb.

By timestamping Git commits permanently and uncensorably on Arweave, it is easy to prove to any third party that a particular commit was created no later than at the time when it was timestamped.


The Git commit metadata is recorded on the blockweave as follows:

Screenshot of Gitstamp metadata


Each timestamped commit corresponds to an Arweave transaction where the commit message is as-is stored as the transaction data, and where various commit metadata are stored in transaction tags.

For each timestamped commit, the corresponding Arweave transaction contains the following metadata tags:

Tag Value
Content-Type "text/plain"
App-Name "Gitstamp"
Git-Commit SHA-1 hash (hexadecimal)
Git-Commit-Link optional URL
Git-Author author URI
Git-Committer author URI
Git-Committer-Date ISO-8601 timestamp

Note that the Git-Commit-Link tag is optional, since we do wish to support the use case of timestamping commits in nonpublic code repositories without leaking the URL of said code repository.

Author URIs can be given either as a mailto: URI containing the author's email address or using the author's profile URL at the code hosting service (for example, GitHub or GitLab) the commit was submitted from. When possible, we strongly recommend the latter due to the better privacy profile of not leaking personal email addresses into a permanent record.


Usage with GitHub Actions

The easiest way to timestamp your Git commits is to use our GitHub Actions integration, where every push to your GitHub repository timestamps the HEAD commit.

To use the GitHub Actions integration, you will need to configure a repository or organization secret named GITSTAMP_KEYFILE to contain your Arweave JWK wallet file.

Usage with GitLab CI

See the .gitlab-ci.yml configuration in this repository for an example of how to configure GitLab CI to timestamp your commits when they are pushed to GitLab.

To use the GitLab CI integration, you will need to configure an environment variable (of type File) named GITSTAMP_KEYFILE to contain your Arweave JWK wallet file.

Usage with Bitbucket Pipelines

A future integration with Bitbucket is planned.

Usage with Git

In case you wish to submit your commits from a local Git repository, you can use the Gitstamp command-line interface (CLI):

$ cd /path/to/git/repository

$ gitstamp publish --wallet /path/to/arweave-keyfile.json

To use the Gitstamp CLI, you will need to have your Arweave wallet file locally available.


Each Arweave transaction requires an enclosed transaction fee to pay for transaction processing and permanent storage on the Arweave network. In practice, this works out to less than USD$0.00001 per timestamped commit. (In other words, a USD$1 wallet will suffice for at least 100,000 commits.)


Querying with ArQL

To retrieve all timestamped commits using ArQL, query for the tag App-Name:

  op: "equals",
  expr1: "App-Name",
  expr2: "Gitstamp"

Note that ArQL does not support pagination, so you probably want to use GraphQL instead.

Querying with GraphQL

Here's a basic example of retrieving timestamped commits using GraphQL:

query {
  transactions(tags: [{name: "App-Name", values: "Gitstamp"}]) {
    pageInfo {
    edges {
      node {
        tags {

The aforementioned query returns results with the following structure:

  "data": {
    "transactions": {
      "pageInfo": {
        "hasNextPage": true
      "edges": [
          "cursor": "WyIyMDIwLTA5LTEyVDEyOjMzOjUwLjc5OVoiLDFd",
          "node": {
            "id": "ieW3p3tfEDLMOcwF_mLWfzbF89G5Tau__bY7mkFab7Y",
            "tags": [
                "name": "Content-Type",
                "value": "text/plain"
                "name": "App-Name",
                "value": "Gitstamp"
                "name": "Git-Commit",
                "value": "c1308c5f19d90ddb09a99e31f8c9c12951696b1b"
                "name": "Git-Commit-Link",
                "value": ""
                "name": "Git-Author",
                "value": ""
                "name": "Git-Committer",
                "value": ""
                "name": "Git-Committer-Date",
                "value": "2020-09-12T15:25:06+03:00"
        // ...

See Also

This repository is mirrored on GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket.