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Rouan Wilsenach

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TIL: Add your git repo to a tarball

Today I learned that you can neatly pack all of the files in your git repository into a tarball:

git archive --format=tar -o my_repo.tar -v HEAD

The best thing about this is it will automatically honour your .gitignore file, so won’t include any files you don’t care about.

Other formats

It also works with zip files:

git archive --format=zip -o -v HEAD

Including the git repo itself

It doesn’t include the git repository itself (the .git directory). If you’d like to include it, you can run:

git archive --format=tar -o my_repo.tar -v HEAD
tar -rf my_repo.tar .git