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Clone ALL Github repos for a user on Windows

Greg Bulmash πŸ₯‘
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Recently I had to do this, found a shell script that cloned all repositories matching a search query, and edited it to meet my purposes.

You’ll need

  1. A working installation of Git with GitBash.
  2. A copy of jq in a directory that’s in your path (or in the directory where you’re running the script)
  3. Git set up to work with SSH. Alternatively, you might want to try changing β€œssh_url” below to β€œclone_url” and that should pull the https link.
  4. An approximate count of the number of repos you’ll be cloning. Set the end of the loop in the first line to that number divided by 100, rounded up to the next whole number. For example, I had a little over 100 public repos to clone, so my loop is 1..2.

The Script

for i in {1..2}
  do curl "[your user name]/repos?per\_page=100&page=$i" \ | jq -r '.[].ssh\_url' >> urls.txtdonecat urls.txt | xargs -P8 -L1 git clone
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Then just run the script in GitBash. sh [scriptname]

And that did it for me. Hope it helps.

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Greg Bulmash πŸ₯‘ Author

FYI, I have so many repos because I had to mass fork a bunch of repos for work to do some batch operations, then mass commit, push, and submit pull requests.