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A pure JavaScript implementation of git for node and browsers!

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isomorphic-git is a pure JavaScript implementation of git that works in node and browser environments (including WebWorkers and ServiceWorkers). This means it can be used to read and write to git repositories, as well as fetch from and push to git remotes like Github.

Isomorphic-git aims for 100% interoperability with the canonical git implementation. This means it does all its operations by modifying files in a ".git" directory just like the git you are used to. The included isogit CLI can operate on git repositories on your desktop or server.

isomorphic-git aims to be a complete solution with no assembly required. I've tried carefully to design the API so it is easy to use all the features, without paying a penalty in bundle size. By providing functionality as separate functions instead of an object oriented API, code bundlers like Webpack will only include the functionality your application actually uses. (Or at least that's the goal.)

The project includes type definitions so you can enjoy static type-checking and intelligent code completion in editors like VS Code and CodeSandbox.

Getting Started

The "isomorphic" in isomorphic-git means it works equally well on the server or the browser. That's tricky to do since git uses the file system, and browsers don't have an fs module. So rather than relying on the fs module, isomorphic-git is BYOFS (Bring Your Own File System). Before you can use most isomorphic-git functions, you need to set the fs module via the plugin system.

If you're only using isomorphic-git in Node, you can just use the native fs module.

const git = require('isomorphic-git');
const fs = require('fs');
git.plugins.set('fs', fs)

If you're writing code for the browser though, you'll need something that emulates the fs API. At the time of writing, the most complete option is BrowserFS. Compared to Node, there is an extra setup step to configure BrowserFS, as seen below:

<script src=""></script>
<script src=""></script>
BrowserFS.configure({ fs: "IndexedDB", options: {} }, function (err) {
  if (err) return console.log(err);
  window.fs = BrowserFS.BFSRequire("fs");
  git.plugins.set('fs', window.fs);

Besides IndexedDB, BrowserFS supports many different backends with different performance characteristics, as well as advanced configurations such as: multiple mounting points, and overlaying a writeable filesystem on top of a read-only filesystem. You don't need to know about all these features, but familiarizing yourself with the different options may be necessary if you hit a storage limit or performance bottleneck using the IndexedDB backend I suggested above.

View the full Getting Started guide on the docs website.

CORS support

Unfortunately, due to the same-origin policy by default isomorphic-git can only clone from the same origin as the webpage it is running on. This is terribly inconvenient, as it means for all practical purposes cloning and pushing repos must be done through a proxy.

For this purpose @isomorphic-git/cors-proxy exists which you can clone or npm install. For testing or small projects, you can also use - a free proxy sponsored by Clever Cloud.

I'm hoping to get CORS headers added to all the major Git hosting platforms eventually, and will list my progress here:

It is literally just two lines of code to add the CORS headers!! Easy stuff. Surely it will happen.

Using as an npm module

You can install it from npm.

npm install --save isomorphic-git

In the package.json you'll see there are actually 4 different versions:


This deserves a brief explanation.

  • the "main" version is for node.
  • the "browser" version is for browserify.
  • the "module" version is for native ES6 module loaders when they arrive.
  • the "unpkg" version is the UMD build.

isogit CLI

Isomorphic-git comes with a simple CLI tool, named isogit because isomorphic-git is a lot to type. It is really just a thin shell that translates command line arguments into the equivalent JS API commands. So you should be able to run any current or future isomorphic-git commands using the CLI.

It always starts with an the assumption that the current working directory is a git root. E.g. { dir: '.' }.

It uses minimisted to parse command line options and will print out the equivalent JS command and pretty-print the output JSON.

The CLI is more of a lark for quickly testing isomorphic-git and isn't really meant as a git CLI replacement.

Supported Git commands

This project follows semantic versioning, so I may continue to make changes to the API but they will always be backwards compatible unless there is a major version bump.




Share your questions and ideas with us! We love that. You can find us in our Gitter chatroom or just create an issue here on Github! We are also @IsomorphicGit on Twitter.

Contributing to isomorphic-git

The development setup is similar to that of a large web application. The main difference is the ridiculous amount of hacks involved in the tests. We use Facebook's Jest for testing, which make doing TDD fast and fun, but we also used custom hacks so that the same tests will also run in the browser using Jasmine via Karma. We even have our own karma plugin for serving git repository test fixtures!

You'll need Node.js installed, but everything else is a devDependency.

git clone
cd isomorphic-git
npm install
npm test

Check out the CONTRIBUTING document for more instructions.

Who is using isomorphic-git?

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Isomorphic-git would not have been possible without the pioneering work by @creationix and @chrisdickinson. Git is a tricky binary mess, and without their examples (and their modules!) I would not have been able to come even close to finishing this. They are geniuses ahead of their time.

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Thanks goes to these wonderful people (emoji key):

William Hilton

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Marc MacLeod

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Brett Zamir


Dan Allen

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Tomáš Hübelbauer

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Juan Campa


Ira Miller


Rhys Arkins


Sean Larkin


Daniel Ruf



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Hiroki Osame

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Jakub Jankiewicz

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Melvin Carvalho



Dima Sabanin

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Koutaro Chikuba

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David Duarte


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