Repo complements Git by simplifying work across multiple repositories. See Source Control Tools for an explanation of the relationship between Repo and Git. For more details on Repo, see the Repo README.
Repo use takes the following form:
repo command options
Optional elements are shown in brackets [ ]. For example, many commands take project-list as an argument. You can specify project-list as a list of names or a list of paths to local source directories for the projects:
repo sync [project0 project1 ... projectn]
repo sync [/path/to/project0 ... /path/to/projectn]
When Repo is installed, you can find the latest documentation starting with a summary of all commands by running:
You can get information about any command by running this within a Repo tree:
repo help command
For example, the following command yields a description and list of options
init argument of Repo, which initializes Repo in the
current directory. (See init for details.)
repo help init
repo init -u url [options]
Installs Repo in the current directory. This creates a
directory with Git repositories for the Repo source code and the
standard Android manifest files. The
.repo/ directory also
manifest.xml, which is a symlink to the selected manifest
.repo/manifests/ directory. See manifest-format.md for instructions on updating the
-u: Specify a URL from which to retrieve a manifest repository. The common manifest is found at
-m: Select a manifest file within the repository. If no manifest name is selected, the default is
-b: Specify a revision, that is, a particular manifest-branch.
Note: For all remaining Repo commands, the current working directory
must either be the parent directory of
.repo/ or a subdirectory of the parent directory.
repo sync [project-list]
Downloads new changes and updates the working files in your local environment. If you run
repo sync without arguments, it synchronizes the files for all projects.
When you run
repo sync, this is what happens:
If the project has never been synchronized, then
repo syncis equivalent to
git clone. All branches in the remote repository are copied to the local project directory.
If the project has been synchronized before, then
repo syncis equivalent to:
git remote update git rebase origin/branch
branchis the currently checked-out branch in the local project directory. If the local branch isn't tracking a branch in the remote repository, then no synchronization occurs for the project.
If the Git rebase operation results in merge conflicts, use the normal Git commands (for example,
git rebase --continue) to resolve the conflicts.
After a successful run of
repo sync, the code in specified projects is up to date
and synced with the code in the remote repository.
-d: Switch specified projects back to the manifest revision. This is helpful if the project is currently on a topic branch, but the manifest revision is temporarily needed.
-s: Sync to a known good build as specified by the manifest-server element in the current manifest.
-f: Proceed with syncing other projects even if a project fails to sync.
repo upload [project-list]
For the specified projects, Repo compares the local branches to the remote branches updated during the last Repo sync. Repo prompts you to select one or more of the branches that haven't been uploaded for review.
All commits on the selected branches are then transmitted to Gerrit over an HTTPS connection. You need to configure an HTTPS password to enable upload authorization. Visit the Password Generator to generate a new username/password pair to use over HTTPS.
When Gerrit receives the object data over its server, it turns each
commit into a change so that reviewers can comment on a specific commit.
To combine several checkpoint commits into a
single commit, use
git rebase -i before you run the upload.
If you run
repo upload without arguments, it searches all of the projects for
changes to upload.
To edit changes after they've been uploaded, use a tool like
git rebase -i or
git commit --amend to update your local commits. After your edits are complete:
- Verify that the updated branch is the currently checked out branch.
- For each commit in the series, enter the Gerrit change ID inside the brackets:
# Replacing from branch foo [ 3021 ] 35f2596c Refactor part of GetUploadableBranches to lookup one specific... [ 2829 ] ec18b4ba Update proto client to support patch set replacments # Insert change numbers in the brackets to add a new patch set. # To create a new change record, leave the brackets empty.
After the upload is complete, the changes have an additional patch set.
If you want to upload only the currently checked out Git branch, use the flag
--cbr for short).
repo diff [project-list]
Shows outstanding changes between the commit and the working tree using
repo download target change
Downloads the specified change from the review system and makes it available in your project's local working directory.
For example, to download change 23823 into your platform/build directory:
repo download platform/build 23823
repo sync removes any commits retrieved with
repo download. Or you can check out the remote branch using
git checkout m/master.
Note: There are replication
delays to all servers worldwide, so there's a slight mirroring lag between when a change
is visible on
the web in Gerrit and when
repo download can find the change for all users.
repo forall [project-list] -c command
Executes the given shell command in each project. The following additional environment variables
are made available by
REPO_PROJECTis set to the unique name of the project.
REPO_PATHis the path relative to the root of the client.
REPO_REMOTEis the name of the remote system from the manifest.
REPO_LREVis the name of the revision from the manifest, translated to a local tracking branch. Use this if you need to pass the manifest revision to a locally executed Git command.
REPO_RREVis the name of the revision from the manifest, exactly as written in the manifest.
-c: Command and arguments to execute. The command is evaluated through
/bin/shand any arguments after it are passed through as shell positional parameters.
-p: Show project headers before output of the specified command. This is achieved by binding pipes to the command's stdin, stdout, and sterr streams, and piping all output into a continuous stream that is displayed in a single pager session.
-v: Show messages the command writes to stderr.
repo prune [project-list]
Prunes (deletes) topics that are already merged.
repo start branch-name [project-list]
Begins a new branch for development, starting from the revision specified in the manifest.
BRANCH_NAME argument provides a short description of the change you're trying
to make to the projects. If you don't know, consider using the name
project-list argument specifies which projects participate in this topic
Note: A period ( . ) is shorthand for the project in the current working directory.
repo status [project-list]
Compares the working tree to the staging area (index) and the most recent commit on this branch (HEAD) in each project specified. Displays a summary line for each file where there is a difference between these three states.
To see the status of just the current branch, run
repo status. The status
information is listed by project. For each file in the project, a two-letter code is used.
In the first column, an uppercase letter indicates how the staging area differs from the last committed state.
|-||No change||Same in HEAD and index|
|A||Added||Not in HEAD, in index|
|M||Modified||In HEAD, modified in index|
|D||Deleted||In HEAD, not in index|
|R||Renamed||Not in HEAD, path changed in index|
|C||Copied||Not in HEAD, copied from another in index|
|T||Mode changed||Same content in HEAD and index, mode changed|
|U||Unmerged||Conflict between HEAD and index; resolution required|
In the second column, a lowercase letter indicates how the working directory differs from the index.
|-||New/unknown||Not in index, in work tree|
|m||Modified||In index, in work tree, modified|
|d||Deleted||In index, not in work tree|