git-http-fetch (1) - Linux Man Pages

git-http-fetch: Download from a remote Git repository via HTTP


git-http-fetch - Download from a remote Git repository via HTTP


git http-fetch [-c] [-t] [-a] [-d] [-v] [-w filename] [--recover] [--stdin] <commit> <url>


Downloads a remote Git repository via HTTP.

This command always gets all objects. Historically, there were three options -a, -c and -t for choosing which objects to download. They are now silently ignored.



Either the hash or the filename under [URL]/refs/ to pull.

-a, -c, -t

These options are ignored for historical reasons.


Report what is downloaded.

-w <filename>

Writes the commit-id into the filename under $GIT_DIR/refs/<filename> on the local end after the transfer is complete.


Instead of a commit id on the command line (which is not expected in this case), git http-fetch expects lines on stdin in the format



Verify that everything reachable from target is fetched. Used after an earlier fetch is interrupted.


Part of the git(1) suite