Distributed Asset Management that Integrates with Git

Rude Distributed CMS

Rude is a distributed asset management system.

  • rude is a command-line driven
  • rude is distributed
  • rude plays nicely with git

Rude keeps your git repositories lean and focused on the code.

Rude manages assets. A typical web project contains may contain a lot of images, videos, gzipped downloads, etc.

These are inappropriate for storage in Git. Git sees a project in its entirety, and shuffling large binary assets in and out will bloat your repository. Rude lets you separate your assets, without losing the guaruntees afforded by Git.

Rude tracks your assets in a single inventory file that is lean, and easy to track using Git.

Create a new local repository:

$ rude init
[OKAY] New local rude database initialized at http://localhost:5984/rude

Rude expects to be initialized at the root of your Git checkout directory.

Track assets by adding them to the Rude database:

$ rude add path/to/file.ext
[OKAY] New asset added to local database as 'file.ext'
[INFO] Asset id 012927f794d2462ae6d5b0bcf1ee01bfb16571cc

Assets are stored in a single bucket; each asset requires a unique name. Rude will error if you attempt to over write an existing asset.

$ rude add -f path/to/new/file.ext
[OKAY] Existing asset 'file.ext' replaced
[INFO] Asset id 7e792aa144129cec0c25b1e2bd55bee50d30b866

Rude will automatically add the asset to your .gitignore file, and update the Rude manifest.

The Rude manifest is a single file at the root of your Git repository called assets.json. It is a simple JSON encoded mapping matching asset names to their hash sums.

    "helloworld": "7e792aa144129cec0c25b1e2bd55bee50d30b866", 
    "goodbye": "f4485f480d8e52aca885ddadbeed186bc2682500"

This file should be tracked in Git, in lieu of tracking the actual assets.

Rude works by returning mapping asset names to URLs in your projects and templates. The URLs returned depend on runtime configurations. When running locally in development, Rude returns URLs from your local CouchDB database.

Require Rude somewhere in your project:

var rude = require('rude')
var rude('helloworld')


This will echo something like:


When your project is ready for production, Rude can upload your assets to their appropriate servers, or distribution networks.

$ rude publish s3
$ rude publish http://server/dav
$ rude publish user@host:/path/to/web