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Using Git with Dropbox

Posted on March 15, 2012 by Sol

Sometimes you want to keep a git repository private, at least temporary, without owning a server or a paid GitHub account. If you have a free Dropbox account you can host your private repo there.

Open a Terminal window if you are on Linux or Mac, on Windows just start a Bash window from your Git installation. Your Dropbox folder is created by default on HOME for Linux and Mac, or on MyDocuments in Windows.

Navigate to your Dropbox folder:

1 cd ~
2 cd Dropbox

Once you are in ~/Dropbox you will want to create a bare git repo:

1 mkdir repo01
2 cd repo01
3 git --bare init

Now, you can use this folder as a private repository. Let’s try some tests:

1 cd ~
2 mkdir local_repo01
3 cd local_repo01
4 git init
5 touch t1.txt t2.txt p.cpp
6 echo "add some text" > t1.txt

Commit changes:

1 git add t1.txt t2.txt p.cpp
2 git commit -m 'test'

Add the “remote” repo (the one from Dropbox) as origin:

1 git remote add origin ~/Dropbox/repo01

Now, we can push the above files from the master branch to the remote origin:

1 git push origin master

If you want to simulate the workflow on a different machine clone repo01 change some files and save the changes:

1 cd ~
2 git clone ~/Dropbox/repo01 test_clone
3 cd test_clone
4 ls > t2.txt
5 git commit t2.txt -m 'some changes'
6 git push origin master

You can go back to your original working folder and see the changes from the last step:

1 cd ~
2 cd local_repo01
3 git pull origin master

If you want to learn more about using Git I would recommend Pro Git by S. Chacon:

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