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GitHub-Backup makes a local backup copy of all of a github user's (or github organization's) repositories.


GitHub-Backup requires pygithub3 a Python library for the GitHub API v3.

Installation is simple with

pip install pygithub3


usage: [-h] [-c] [-m] [-S] [-g ARGS] [-s SUFFIX] [-P PREFIX]
                        [-p PASSWORD] [-t TOKEN] [-o ORG]
                        username backupdir

makes a backup of all of a github user's repositories

positional arguments:
  username              A Github username
  backupdir             The folder where you want your backups to go

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -c, --cron            Use this when running from a cron job
  -m, --mirror          Create a bare mirror
  -S, --ssh             Use SSH protocol
  -g ARGS, --git ARGS   Pass extra arguments to git
  -s SUFFIX, --suffix SUFFIX
                        Add suffix to repository directory names
  -P PREFIX, --prefix PREFIX
                        Add prefix to repository directory names
  -p PASSWORD, --password PASSWORD
                        Authenticate with Github API
  -t TOKEN, --token TOKEN
                        OAuth token for authentification
  -o ORG, --organization ORG
                        Backup Organizational repositories

Then, put it in a cron job somewhere and forget about it for eternity.

Why This Software Exists

This software is useful in many cases:

  • GitHub suddenly explodes.

  • GitHub goes out of business.

  • Your corporation's backup policies are more stringent than GitHub's.

  • You have spotty/no internet access - perhaps you'd like to have all of your repositories available to code on while you ride the train?

  • You are paranoid tinfoil-hat wearer who needs to back up everything in triplicate on a variety of outdated tape media.

Questions, Improvements, Etc

If you have any improvements, I'm happy, (grateful, in fact) to entertain pull requests/patches, just drop me a line or message me on GitHub.


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