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A Gitlab clone/pull utility for backing up or cloning Gitlab groups

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  • A Gitlab clone/pull tool to manage entire Gitlab trees (groups, subgroups, projects) *


When working with large Gitlab setups you typically need a subset of the projects residing in groups of interest.

Gitlabber allows you to clone pull all projects under a subset of groups / subgroups.

Gitlabber builds a tree structure from the Gitlab server and allows you to specify which subset of the tree you want to clone using glob or regex expressions

This makes Gitlabber suitable for development environments or backups scenarios


  • You can install gitlabber from PyPi:
pip install gitlabber


  • Arguments can be provided via the CLI arguments directly or via environment variables::
    Argument Flag Environment Variable
    token -t GITLAB_TOKEN
    url -u GITLAB_URL
    include -i GITLABBER_INCLUDE
    exclude -x GITLABBER_EXCLUDE
  • To view the tree run the command with your includes/excludes and the -p flag it will print your tree like so

root [.]
├── group1 [/group1]
│   └── subgroup1 [/group1/subgroup1]
├── group2 [/group2]
│   ├── subgroup1 [/group2/subgroup1]
│   ├── subgroup2 [/group2/subgroup3]
│   ├── subgroup3 [/group2/subgroup2]
  • To see how to use glob patterns and regex to filter tree nodes see globre project page.
  • Printed Usage:
usage: gitlabber [-h] [-d path] [-t token] [-u url] [-v] [-p] [-i csv]
                [-x csv] [--version]

Gitlabber - clones or pulls entire groups/projects tree from gitlab

optional arguments:
-h, --help            show this help message and exit
-d path, --dest path  gitlab personal access token
-t token, --token token
                        gitlab personal access token
-u url, --url url     gitlab url (e.g.: '')
-v, --verbose
-p, --print           print the tree and exit
-i csv, --include csv
                        comma delimited list of glob patterns of paths to projects or groups to clone/pull
-x csv, --exclude csv
                        comma delimited list of glob patterns of paths to projects or groups to exclude from clone/pull
--version             print the version


    clone an entire gitlab tree using a url and a token:
    gitlabber -t <personal access token> -u <gitlab url>

    only print the gitlab tree:
    gitlabber -p

    clone only projects under subgroup 'MySubGroup':
    gitlabber -i '/MyGroup/MySubGroup**'

    clone only projects under group 'MyGroup' excluding any projects under subgroup 'MySubGroup':
    gitlabber -i '/MyGroup**' -x '/MyGroup/MySubGroup**'

    clone an entire gitlab tree except projects under groups named 'ArchiveGroup':
    gitlabber -x '/ArchiveGroup**'

    clone projects that start with a case insensitive 'w' using a regular expression:
    gitlabber -i '/{[w].*}'


  • You can use the –verbose flag to get Gitlabber debug messages printed
  • For more verbose gitlab messages you can get GitPython module to print more debug messages by setting the environment variable:
export GIT_PYTHON_TRACE='full'

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