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repo init — manual page for repo init


repo init [options] [manifest url]



Initialize a repo client checkout in the current directory


-h,  --help

show this help message and exit

Logging options

-v,  --verbose

show all output

-q,  --quiet

only show errors

Manifest options

-u URL, --manifest-url=URL

manifest repository location

-b REVISION, --manifest-branch=REVISION

manifest branch or revision (use HEAD for default)

-m NAME.xml, --manifest-name=NAME.xml

initial manifest file

-g GROUP, --groups=GROUP

restrict manifest projects to ones with specified group(s) [default|all|G1,G2,G3|G4,-G5,-G6]

-p PLATFORM, --platform=PLATFORM

restrict manifest projects to ones with a specified platform group [auto|all|none|linux|darwin|...]


sync any submodules associated with the manifest repo


download the manifest as a static file rather then create a git checkout of the manifest repo


create a shallow clone of the manifest repo with given depth (0 for full clone); see git clone (default: 0)

Manifest (only) checkout options

-c,  --current-branch

fetch only current manifest branch from server (default)


fetch all manifest branches from server


fetch tags in the manifest


don't fetch tags in the manifest

Checkout modes


create a replica of the remote repositories rather than a client working directory


checkout an archive instead of a git repository for each project. See git archive.


use git-worktree to manage projects

Project checkout optimizations


location of mirror directory


dissociate from reference mirrors after clone


create a shallow clone with given depth; see git clone


perform partial clone (


disable use of partial clone (


exclude the specified projects (a comma-delimited project names) from partial clone (


filter for use with --partial-clone [default: blob:none]


use the manifest superproject to sync projects; implies -c


disable use of manifest superprojects


enable use of /clone.bundle on HTTP/HTTPS (default if not --partial-clone)


disable use of /clone.bundle on HTTP/HTTPS (default if --partial-clone)


enable Git LFS support


disable Git LFS support

repo Version options


repo repository location ($REPO_URL)


repo branch or revision ($REPO_REV)


do not verify repo source code

Other options


Always prompt for name/e-mail



operate starting at the outermost manifest


do not operate on outer manifests


only operate on this (sub)manifest

--no-this-manifest-only,  --all-manifests

operate on this manifest and its submanifests

Run `repo help init` to view the detailed manual.


The 'repo init' command is run once to install and initialize repo. The latest repo source code and manifest collection is downloaded from the server and is installed in the .repo/ directory in the current working directory.

When creating a new checkout, the manifest URL is the only required setting. It may be specified using the --manifest-url option, or as the first optional argument.

The optional -b argument can be used to select the manifest branch to checkout and use. If no branch is specified, the remote's default branch is used. This is equivalent to using -b HEAD.

The optional -m argument can be used to specify an alternate manifest to be used. If no manifest is specified, the manifest default.xml will be used.

If the --standalone-manifest argument is set, the manifest will be downloaded directly from the specified --manifest-url as a static file (rather than setting up a manifest git checkout). With --standalone-manifest, the manifest will be fully static and will not be re-downloaded during subsesquent `repo init` and `repo sync` calls.

The --reference option can be used to point to a directory that has the content of a --mirror sync. This will make the working directory use as much data as possible from the local reference directory when fetching from the server. This will make the sync go a lot faster by reducing data traffic on the network.

The --dissociate option can be used to borrow the objects from the directory specified with the --reference option only to reduce network transfer, and stop borrowing from them after a first clone is made by making necessary local copies of borrowed objects.

The --no-clone-bundle option disables any attempt to use $URL/clone.bundle to bootstrap a new Git repository from a resumeable bundle file on a content delivery network. This may be necessary if there are problems with the local Python HTTP client or proxy configuration, but the Git binary works.

Switching Manifest Branches

To switch to another manifest branch, `repo init -b otherbranch` may be used in an existing client. However, as this only updates the manifest, a subsequent `repo sync` (or `repo sync -d`) is necessary to update the working directory files.


October 2022 repo init Repo Manual