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A free and open source distributed version control system.

What is Git?

Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency. Key features:

Branching and Merging - Git allows and encourages to have multiple local branches. And improves the merging experience and make easy the deletion of branches.

Small and Fast - Git is fast. Nearly all operations are performed locally, giving it a huge speed advantage on centralized systems that need to communicate with a server.

Distributed - Git is distributed, so instead of doing a "checkout" of the current tip of the source code, it does a "clone" of the entire repository.

Data Assurance - Git uses a data model that ensures the cryptographic integrity of every bit of a project. Every file and commit is checksummed and retrieved by its checksum when checked back out.

Staging Area - Git has something called the "staging area" or "index". It's an intermediate area where commits can be formatted and reviewed before completing the commit.

Free and Open Source - Git is released under the GPLv2 open source license. Everybody is free to inspect the source code at any time or contribute to the project.

This box installs git and clone the specified repository into a target folder.


  • Frictionless Context Switching. Create a branch to try out an idea, commit a few times, switch back to where you branched from, apply a patch, switch back to where you are experimenting, and merge it in.

  • Role-Based Codelines. Have a branch that always contains only what goes to production, another that you merge work into for testing, and several smaller ones for day to day work.

  • Feature Based Workflow. Create new branches for each new feature you're working on so you can seamlessly switch back and forth between them, then delete each branch when that feature gets merged into your main line.

  • Disposable Experimentation. Create a branch to experiment in, realize it's not going to work, and just delete it - abandoning the work—with nobody else ever seeing it (even if you've pushed other branches in the meantime).


Deployment Variables

CLONE_URL: Url of the remote repository to be cloned

CLONE_DIRECTORY: Path where the git repository will be cloned

BRANCH: Branch of the repository to be checkout with git [master as default value] Deployment behavior

An instance executing this box will use bash scripting to download, install and configure git, and clone a repository. Box events handle the Git Repository lifecycle on the instance as follows:

Install operation: pre_install event script: installs the git package with the correct package manager for the linux distribution (rpm or apt-get).

Configure operation: pre_configure event script: checks for an existing CLONE_DIRECTORY folder. If not it clones the repository of the CLONE_URL into the CLONE_DIRECTORY folder. If it exists, reset the remore url, branch and pulls latest code.

Supported Distributions

The box supports deploying to these linux distributions:

  • Amazon Linux AMI 2015.03

  • Centos 6.5, 7

  • RedHat 7

  • Ubuntu 12.04, 14.04

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    Git is released under the GNU General Public License version 2.0, which is an open source license. The Git project chose to use GPLv2 to guarantee your freedom to share and change free software to make sure the software is free for all its users.