Beards, Bytes and Brews

bytes of thought by Daniel Tucker

How to backup a Git repository

April 4, 2020 Tools

Many of us use services such as Github, Gitlab and Bitbucket as our Git source code remotes. It has crossed my mind more than once that there could be a day when any one of those services goes down. We as individuals and companies would loose valuable code if that happened. So just like we do with other files and important assets we backup.

Out of the box Git does not have an obvious backup mechanism but there is. I have successfully used the Git --mirror flag to clone a Git repository to a local backup.

Clone a git mirror from a remote

git clone --mirror remote.git local-backup.git

How to update a bare mirror

Since our local bare mirror is not being consistently updated by our normal workflows it is a good idea to either add a workflow into your backup process or manually update a bare git repo with the following command:

git remote update