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The Groovy way to use Git.



NOTE: As of 5.0.0, grgit is published to Maven Central

Getting Help or Contributing

IMPORANT: I consider this plugin feature complete and don't spend a lot of time on maintenance due to other time commitments. While, I will eventually get to issues or PRs raised, do not expect a timely response. I'm not trying to be rude or dismissive, I only get back to this project periodically (on the order of months, in many cases). Please set your expectations appropriately as you file issues or open PRs.

Please use the repo's issues for all questions, bug reports, and feature requests.

Why do you care?

JGit provides a powerful Java API for interacting with Git repositories. However, in a Groovy context it feels very cumbersome, making it harder to express the operations you want to perform without being surrounded by a lot of cruft.

What is it?

Grgit is a wrapper over JGit that provides a fluent API for interacting with Git repositories in Groovy-based tooling.

"porcelain" commands are the primary scope of what is included. Features that require more user interaction (such as resolving merge conflicts) are intentionally excluded.

It also provides a Gradle plugin to easily get a Grgit instance for the build's repository.


NOTE: grgit is available from Maven Central or the Gradle Plugin Portal

Simple Usage in Gradle

Apply the org.ajoberstar.grgit plugin in any project that needs to access a Grgit instance.

NOTE: This plugin eagerly opens a Grgit instance, which may not be needed depending on the tasks you want to run. If this is not desired, see the next section.

plugins {
  id 'org.ajoberstar.grgit' version '<version>'

// adds a grgit property to the project (will silently be null if there's no git repo)
tasks.register("describe") {
  doFirst {
    println grgit.describe()

More Performant Usage in Gradle

Apply the org.ajoberstar.grgit.service plugin instead of org.ajoberstar.grgit to avoid eagerly resolving the Grgit instance. This works best with custom tasks that accept a Property<GrgitService>.

This approach ensures you only open a Grgit instance when a task is run that uses it.

import org.ajoberstar.grgit.gradle.GrgitService

plugins {
  id 'org.ajoberstar.grgit.service' version '<version>'

tasks.register("describe", DescribeTask, grgitService.service)

class DescribeTask extends DefaultTask {
    private final Provider<GrgitService> service

    DescribeTask(Provider<GrgitService> service) {
        this.service = service

    void execute() {
        println service.get().grgit.describe()

Custom Gradle Plugins

If you are writing a custom Gradle plugin, you'll want to use one or both of the following approaches:

  • If you need a Grgit instance representing the repository the project is in, use org.ajoberstar.grgit.service and use the GrgitServiceExtension to access the shared GrgitService. Wire this into any tasks or whatever needs to use the service via Property<GrgitService> for full lazy evaluation benefits.

  • If you need a Grgit instance that's separate from the project's repository, declare your own GrgitService naming it something not prefixed with grgit*.

    Provider<GrgitService> serviceProvider = project.getGradle().getSharedServices().registerIfAbsent("grgit", GrgitService.class, spec -> {
        // use getCurrentDirectory() if you need to search upwards from the provided directory
        // or use getDirectory() if you want to specify a specific directory and not search
        // generally, this should be false, unless you're using getDirectory() choose to have the repo initialized if the directory does not exist
        // I recommend setting this to 1 unless you know better, this will avoid multiple parallel tasks editing the repo at the same time
        // This should be coupled with tasks that use the service calling "usesService()" to register their usage of the service

Finding versions of grgit

Newest versions are on Maven Central

As of 4.1.1, grgit is published to Maven Central and the Gradle Plugin Portal.

As of 5.0.0, this project is no longer directly published to the Gradle Plugin Portal, but since the portal proxies Maven Central you can still access it through the portal. The only side effect is that the portal will no longer list the latest version. Use this repo or search.maven.org to find the latest version.

Old versions from Bintray/JCenter

This project was previously uploaded to JCenter, which was deprecated in 2021.

In the event that JCenter is unavailable and acess to past versions (4.1.0 and earlier) is needed, I've made a Maven repo available in bintray-backup. Add the following to your repositories to use it.

maven {
  name = 'ajoberstar-backup'
  url = 'https://ajoberstar.org/bintray-backup/'

Made possible by lacasseio/bintray-helper in case you have a similar need to pull your old Bintray artifacts.


Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the library.