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Node bindings to the libgit2 project.

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API Documentation.

Getting started.

NodeGit will work on most systems out-of-the-box without any native dependencies.

npm install nodegit

If you receive errors about libstdc++, which are commonly experienced when building on Travis-CI, you can fix this by upgrading to the latest libstdc++-4.9.

In Ubuntu:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r/test
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libstdc++-4.9-dev

In Travis:

      - ubuntu-toolchain-r-test
      - libstdc++-4.9-dev

In CircleCI:

      - sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r/test
      - sudo apt-get update
      - sudo apt-get install -y libstdc++-4.9-dev

If you receive errors about lifecycleScripts preinstall/install you probably miss libssl-dev In Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install libssl-dev

You will need the following libraries installed on your linux machine: - libpcre - libpcreposix - libkrb5 - libk5crypto - libcom_err

When building locally, you will also need development packages for kerberos and pcre, so both of these utilities must be present on your machine: - pcre-config - krb5-config

If you are still encountering problems while installing, you should try the Building from source instructions.

API examples.

Cloning a repository and reading a file:

var Git = require("nodegit");

// Clone a given repository into the ./tmp folder. Git.Clone("", "./tmp") // Look up this known commit. .then(function(repo) { // Use a known commit sha from this repository. return repo.getCommit("59b20b8d5c6ff8d09518454d4dd8b7b30f095ab5"); }) // Look up a specific file within that commit. .then(function(commit) { return commit.getEntry(""); }) // Get the blob contents from the file. .then(function(entry) { // Patch the blob to contain a reference to the entry. return entry.getBlob().then(function(blob) { blob.entry = entry; return blob; }); }) // Display information about the blob. .then(function(blob) { // Show the path, sha, and filesize in bytes. console.log(blob.entry.path() + blob.entry.sha() + blob.rawsize() + "b");

// Show a spacer.
console.log(Array(72).join("=") + "\n\n");

// Show the entire file.

}) .catch(function(err) { console.log(err); });

Emulating git log:

var Git = require("nodegit");

// Open the repository directory."tmp") // Open the master branch. .then(function(repo) { return repo.getMasterCommit(); }) // Display information about commits on master. .then(function(firstCommitOnMaster) { // Create a new history event emitter. var history = firstCommitOnMaster.history();

// Create a counter to only show up to 9 entries.
var count = 0;

// Listen for commit events from the history.
history.on("commit", function(commit) {
  // Disregard commits past 9.
  if (++count >= 9) {

  // Show the commit sha.
  console.log("commit " + commit.sha());

  // Store the author object.
  var author =;

  // Display author information.
  console.log("Author:\t" + + " ");

  // Show the commit date.
  console.log("Date:\t" +;

  // Give some space and show the message.
  console.log("\n    " + commit.message());

// Start emitting events.


For more examples, check the


Unit tests.

You will need to build locally before running the tests. See above.

npm test

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