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A utility to interact with remote repositories seamlessly. Supports fetching remotes, getting references/tags/branches from either the remote or the local copy, and copying files.

Adding Custom Remotes

By default, this library supports GitHub and BitBucket git remotes. Adding remotes is pretty trivial since all it really needs is a URL.

First you need to create a custom remote object. View lib/remotes/github.js for an example. All it needs is a .name and a .url( user, repo => URL) function.

Then you need to set this remote to glitter.remotes[name]=. See lib/remotes/index.js. For example:

var local = {
  name: 'local',
  url: function (user, repo) {
    // ignores the `user` field, 
    // though you could optionally just use the `user` field 
    // as the repo. 
    return 'https://localhost:8080/' + repo;
Glitter.remotes.local =
Glitter.remotes.someAlias = local;
var glitter = Glitter('local', null, 'module');

And you're set!



Where the repositories are cloned to.

var glitter = new Glitter(remote, user, repo)

Create a new instance. Currently supported remotes are:

  • github - set your optional GitHub credentials as the GLITTER_GITHUB environmental variable

glitter.install().then( => )

git clone

Clone the remote repository locally. Does not check whether the repository has already been cloned.

glitter.isInstall().then( !!installed => )

Checks whether a repository is installed.

glitter.update().then( !!updated => )

git fetch -f --all

Update all the branches and references of the local copy. updated is whether any references were updated., remote).then( hash'' => )

git show

Lookup a commit sha from a reference. If remote is true, will .update() from the origin if no references are found. This requires a local copy of the repository to be installed.

glitter.copy(reference, folder).then( => )

git archive <reference> | tar -x -C <folder>

Copy the repository at reference to folder. Requires a local copy.

glitter.getReferences(remote).then( [refs] => )

git ls-remote and git show-ref

Gets all HEAD and tag references, References is an array of references of the form [<name>, <commit sha>]. If remote is true, gets the references directly from the remote.

glitter.getHeads(remote).then( [refs] => )

.getReferences(remote), but only HEAD references are returned.

glitter.getTags(remote).then( [refs] => )

.getReferences(remote), but only tags are returned.

glitter.getVersions(remote).then( [versions] => )

.getTags(remote), except only valid semantic versions are returned. It returns an array of [<tag>, <sha>].

glitter.getMaxSatisfying(range, remote).then( version => )

Same like .getVersions(), but you pass a semver range, and it will return the max satisfying range. It returns a single [<tag>, <sha>] unless null.