Using Dropbox as a Git repository16 Nov 2012
Basically, we’re just going add a new
remote which points at Dropbox (in the same way the
origin remote typically points at your primary external repository). Please note these instructions should be mostly *Nix agnostic—but they’re only tested on OS X.
First, create the Git repository in Dropbox (assuming your repository is named myrepo):
cd ~/Dropbox mkdir -p repos/myrepo.git cd !$ git --bare init
And that’s the repository created. Basically we made a bare repository in the Dropbox directory.
Now we can add the new
remote to our existing repository (again, assuming it lives at ~/Projects/myrepo).
cd ~/Projects/myrepo git remote add dropbox file://$HOME/Dropbox/repos/myrepo.git git push dropbox master
And we’re done. We’ve created the repository, linked a Git remote to it, and pushed the master branch to the repository. This Git repository will now be available on all computers that your Dropbox account is.
Pulling from the repository
When you get to a computer that shares this Dropbox account, but hasn’t checked out Git yet, do as follows:
cd ~/Projects git clone -o dropbox file://$HOME/Dropbox/repos/myrepo.git
Which will add your repository locally, and automatically set up a remote called dropbox which auto–merges with master.
I think this approach could be valuable for things like keeping personal documents or text files in version control (or indeed personal coding projects) without bothering to set up your own Linux box or server. Git really does make these things incredibly easy.