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How To Clone a Git Repository#


Repositories are cloned and managed within the scope of a project. The content of the repository will reside on the Hopsworks File System. The content of the repository can be edited from Jupyter notebooks and can for example be used to configure Jobs. Repositories can be managed from the Git section in the project settings. The Git overview in the project settings provides a list of repositories currently cloned within the project, the location of their content as well which branch and commit their HEAD is currently at.


  • For cloning a private repository, you should configure a Git Provider with your git credentials. You can clone a GitHub and GitLab public repository without configuring the provider. However, for BitBucket you always need to configure the username and token to clone a repository.


Step 1: Navigate to repositories#

In the left-hand sidebar found in your project click on Project settings, and then navigate to the Git section.

This page lists all the cloned git repositories under Repositories, while operations performed on those repositories, e.g push/pull/commit are listed under Git Executions.

Repository overview
Git repository overview

Step 2: Clone a repository#

To clone a new repository, click on the Clone repository button on the Git overview page.

Clone a repository
Git clone

You should first choose the git provider e.g., GitHub, GitLab or BitBucket. If you are cloning a private repository, remember to configure the username and token for the provder first in Git Provider. The clone dialog also asks you to specify the URL of the repository to clone. The supported protocol is HTTPS. As an example, if the repository is hosted on GitHub, the URL should look like:

Then specify which branch you want to clone. By default the main branch will be used, however a different branch or commit can be specified by selecting Clone from a specific branch.

You can select the folder, within your project, in which the repository should be cloned. By default, the repository is going to be cloned within the Jupyter dataset. However, by clicking on the location button, a different location can be selected.

Finally, click on the Clone repository button to trigger the cloning of the repository.

Step 3: Track progress of the clone#

The progress of the git clone can be tracked under Git Executions.

Clone a repository
Track progress of clone

Step 4: Browse repository files#

In the File browser page you can now browse the files of the cloned repository. In the figure below, the repository is located in Jupyter/hops-examples directory.

Browse repository files
Browse repository files


You can also clone a repository through the hopsworks git API in python.

Step 1: Get the git API#

import hopsworks

project = hopsworks.login()

git_api = project.get_git_api()

Step 2: Clone the repository#

REPO_URL="" # git repository
HOPSWORKS_FOLDER="Jupyter" # path in Hopsworks filesystem to clone to
BRANCH="master" # optional branch to clone

examples_repo = git_api.clone(REPO_URL, HOPSWORKS_FOLDER, PROVIDER, branch=BRANCH)

API Reference#

Api reference for git repositories is available here: GitRepo

A notebook for managing git can be found here.

Errors and Troubleshooting#

Invalid credentials#

This might happen when the credentials entered for the provider are incorrect. Try the following:

  • Confirm that the settings for the provider ( in Account Settings > Git providers) are correct. You must enter both your Git provider username and token.
  • Confirm that you have selected the correct Git provider when cloning the repository.
  • Ensure your personal access token has the correct repository access rights.
  • Ensure your personal access token has not expired.

Timeout errors#

Cloning a large repo or checking out a large branch may hit timeout errors. You can try again later if the system was under heavy load at the time.

Git repositories with symlinks are not yet supported, therefore cloning repositories with symlinks will fail. You can create a separate branch to remove the symlinks, and clone from this branch.


In this guide you learned how to clone a Git repository. You can now start Jupyter from the cloned git repository path to work with the files.