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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 or 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 simple backup scenarios


  • You can install gitlabber from PyPi <>_ :

.. code-block:: bash

pip install gitlabber
  • You'll need to create an access token <>_ from Gitlab with API scopes read_repository and read_api


  • 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 | +---------------+---------------+---------------------------+ | method | -m | GITLABBER_CLONE_METHOD | +---------------+---------------+---------------------------+ | naming | -n | GITLABBER_FOLDER_NAMING | +---------------+---------------+---------------------------+ | 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

.. code-block:: bash

root []
├── group1 [/group1]
│   └── subgroup1 [/group1/subgroup1]
│       └── project1 [/group1/subgroup1/project1]
└── group2 [/group2]
    ├── subgroup1 [/group2/subgroup1]
    │   └── project2 [/group2/subgroup1/project2]
    ├── subgroup2 [/group2/subgroup2]
    └── subgroup3 [/group2/subgroup3]
  • To see how to use glob patterns and regex to filter tree nodes see globre project page <>_ .

  • Printed Usage:

.. code-block:: bash

usage: gitlabber [-h] [-t token] [-u url] [--verbose] [-p]
                [--print-format {json,yaml,tree}] [-m {ssh,https}] [-i csv]
                [-x csv] [--version]

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

positional arguments:
dest                  destination path for the cloned tree (created if doesn't exist)

optional arguments:
-h, --help            show this help message and exit
-t token, --token token
                        gitlab personal access token
-u url, --url url     base gitlab url (e.g.: '')
--verbose             print more verbose output
-p, --print           print the tree without cloning
--print-format {json,yaml,tree}
                        print format (default: 'tree')
-n {name,path}, --naming {name,path}
                        the folder naming strategy for projects (default: "name")
-m {ssh,http}, --method {ssh,http}
                        the git transport method to use for cloning (default: "ssh")
-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 base url and a token:
    gitlabber -t <personal access token> -u <gitlab url>

    # the following examples assume you provided token/url in environment variables so these arguments are omitted
    only print the gitlab tree:
    gitlabber -p .

    clone only projects under subgroup 'MySubGroup' to location '~/GitlabRoot':
    gitlabber -i '/MyGroup/MySubGroup**' ~/GitlabRoot

    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:

.. code-block:: bash

export GIT_PYTHON_TRACE='full'


  • GitlabHttpError: 503: make sure you provide the base url to your gitalb installation (e.g., and not

Known Limitations

  • Cloning vs Pulling: when running Gitlabber consecutively with same parameters it will scan the local tree structure, if the project directory exists and is a valid git repository (has .git folder in it) gitlabber will perform a git pull in the directory, otherwise the project directory will be created and the gitlab project will be cloned into it.
  • Project Renaming: Gitlabber doesn't maintain local state and will not rename local projects but rather clone them into new directories
  • Folder Naming Strategy: consecutively running gitlabber with different values for the -n parameter will produce undesirable results, keep the same value as previous runs or simply don't change it from the default (project name)
  • When using observe rate limits <>__ when cloning large number of projects and the ones <>__ for on-premise installations

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