Section: Git Manual (1)
Updated: 10/30/2009
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git-archive - Create an archive of files from a named tree  


git archive [--format=<fmt>] [--list] [--prefix=<prefix>/] [<extra>]
              [-o | --output=<file>] [--worktree-attributes]
              [--remote=<repo> [--exec=<git-upload-archive>]] <tree-ish>



Creates an archive of the specified format containing the tree structure for the named tree, and writes it out to the standard output. If <prefix> is specified it is prepended to the filenames in the archive.

git-archive behaves differently when given a tree ID versus when given a commit ID or tag ID. In the first case the current time is used as the modification time of each file in the archive. In the latter case the commit time as recorded in the referenced commit object is used instead. Additionally the commit ID is stored in a global extended pax header if the tar format is used; it can be extracted using git-get-tar-commit-id. In ZIP files it is stored as a file comment.  



Format of the resulting archive: tar or zip. If this option is not given, and the output file is specified, the format is inferred from the filename if possible (e.g. writing to "" makes the output to be in the zip format). Otherwise the output format is tar.

-l, --list

Show all available formats.

-v, --verbose

Report progress to stderr.


Prepend <prefix>/ to each filename in the archive.

-o <file>, --output=<file>

Write the archive to <file> instead of stdout.


Look for attributes in .gitattributes in working directory too.


This can be any options that the archiver backend understands. See next section.


Instead of making a tar archive from the local repository, retrieve a tar archive from a remote repository.


Used with --remote to specify the path to the git-upload-archive on the remote side.


The tree or commit to produce an archive for.


If one or more paths are specified, include only these in the archive, otherwise include all files and subdirectories.





Store the files instead of deflating them.


Highest and slowest compression level. You can specify any number from 1 to 9 to adjust compression speed and ratio.



This variable can be used to restrict the permission bits of tar archive entries. The default is 0002, which turns off the world write bit. The special value "user" indicates that the archiving usercqs umask will be used instead. See umask(2) for details.



Files and directories with the attribute export-ignore woncqt be added to archive files. See gitattributes(5) for details.


If the attribute export-subst is set for a file then git will expand several placeholders when adding this file to an archive. See gitattributes(5) for details.


git archive --format=tar --prefix=junk/ HEAD | (cd /var/tmp/ && tar xf -)

Create a tar archive that contains the contents of the latest commit on the current branch, and extract it in the /var/tmp/junk directory.

git archive --format=tar --prefix=git-1.4.0/ v1.4.0 | gzip >git-1.4.0.tar.gz

Create a compressed tarball for v1.4.0 release.

git archive --format=tar --prefix=git-1.4.0/ v1.4.0^{tree} | gzip >git-1.4.0.tar.gz

Create a compressed tarball for v1.4.0 release, but without a global extended pax header.

git archive --format=zip --prefix=git-docs/ HEAD:Documentation/ >

Put everything in the current headcqs Documentation/ directory into, with the prefix git-docs/.

git archive -o HEAD

Create a Zip archive that contains the contents of the latest commit on the current branch. Note that the output format is inferred by the extension of the output file.




Written by Franck Bui-Huu and Rene Scharfe.  


Documentation by David Greaves, Junio C Hamano and the git-list <m[blue]git@vger.kernel.orgm[][1]>.  


Part of the git(1) suite