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creates a special (non-git) remote


git annex initremote name type=value [param=value ...]


Creates a new special remote, and adds it to .git/config.

Example Amazon S3 remote:

git annex initremote mys3 type=S3 encryption=hybrid keyid=me@example.com datacenter=EU

Many different types of special remotes are supported by git-annex. For a list and details, see <https://git-annex.branchable.com/special_remotes/>

The remote's configuration is specified by the parameters passed to this command. Different types of special remotes need different configuration values, so consult the documentation of a special remote for details. The command will prompt for any required parameters you leave out; you can also pass --whatelse to see additional parameters.

A few parameters that are supported by all special remotes are documented in the next section below.

Once a special remote has been initialized once with this command, other clones of the repository can also be set up to access it using git annex enableremote.

The name you provide for the remote can't be one that's been used for any other special remote before, because git-annex enableremote uses the name to identify which special remote to enable. If some old special remote that's no longer used has taken the name you want to reuse, you might want to use git annex renameremote.


--whatelse / -w

Describe additional configuration parameters that you could specify.

For example, if you know you want a S3 remote, but forget how to configure it:

git annex initremote mys3 type=S3 --whatelse

For a machine-readable list of the parameters, use this with --json.


When initializing a remote that uses encryption, a cryptographic key is created. This requires sufficient entropy. If initremote seems to hang or take a long time while generating the key, you may want to Ctrl-c it and re-run with --fast, which causes it to use a lower-quality source of randomness. (Ie, /dev/urandom instead of /dev/random)


Use this when the new special remote uses the same underlying storage as some other remote. This will result in the new special remote having the same uuid as the specified remote, and either can be used to access the same content.

The remote can be the name of a git remote, or the description or uuid of any git-annex repository.

When using this option, the new remote inherits the encryption settings of the existing remote, so you should not specify any encryption parameters. No other configuration is inherited from the existing remote.

This will only work if both remotes use the underlying storage in compatible ways. See this page for information about known compatabilities. <http://git-annex.branchable.com/tips/multiple_remotes_accessing_the_same_data_store/>


Avoid recording information about the special remote in the git-annex branch. The special remote will only be usable from the repository where it was created.


Enable JSON output. This is intended to be parsed by programs that use git-annex.


Messages that would normally be output to standard error are included in the JSON instead.

Also the git-annex-common-options(1) can be used.

Common Configuration Parameters


Almost all special remotes support encryption. You will need to specify what encryption, if any, to use.

If you do not want any encryption, use encryption=none

To encrypt to a GPG key, use encryption=hybrid keyid=$keyid ... and fill in the GPG key id (or an email address associated with a GPG key).

For details about this and other encrpytion settings, see <https://git-annex.branchable.com/encryption/> or --whatelse


To avoid git annex enableremote needing to be run, you can pass "autoenable=true". Then when git-annex is run in a new clone, it will attempt to enable the special remote. Of course, this works best when the special remote does not need anything special to be done to get it enabled.


Specify this to override the default cost of the special remote. This configuration can be overridden by the local git config, eg remote.name.annex-cost.


Normally, git-annex initremote generates a new UUID for the new special remote. If you want to, you can specify a UUID for it to use, by passing a uuid=whatever parameter. This can be useful in some unusual situations. But if in doubt, don't do this.

See Also






Joey Hess <id@joeyh.name>

Referenced By

git-annex(1), git-annex-configremote(1), git-annex-enableremote(1), git-annex-export(1), git-annex-filter-branch(1), git-annex-import(1), git-annex-init(1), git-annex-renameremote(1).