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libvcs is a lite, typed, pythonic tool box for detection and parsing of URLs, commanding, and syncing with git, hg, and svn. Powers vcspull.


Features for Git, Subversion, and Mercurial:

  • Detect and parse VCS URLs

  • Command VCS via python API

  • Sync repos locally

  • Test fixtures for temporary local repos and working copies

To get started, see the quickstart for more.

$ pip install --user libvcs

URL Parser#

You can validate and parse Git, Mercurial, and Subversion URLs through libvcs.url:


>>> from libvcs.url.git import GitURL

>>> GitURL.is_valid(url='')

Parse and adjust a Git URL:

>>> from libvcs.url.git import GitURL

>>> git_location = GitURL(url='[email protected]:vcs-python/libvcs.git')

>>> git_location
GitURL([email protected]:vcs-python/libvcs.git,

Switch repo libvcs -> vcspull:

>>> from libvcs.url.git import GitURL

>>> git_location = GitURL(url='[email protected]:vcs-python/libvcs.git')

>>> git_location.path = 'vcs-python/vcspull'

>>> git_location.to_url()
'[email protected]:vcs-python/vcspull.git'

# Switch them to gitlab:
>>> git_location.hostname = ''

# Export to a `git clone` compatible URL.
>>> git_location.to_url()
'[email protected]:vcs-python/vcspull.git'

See more in the parser document.


Simple subprocess wrappers around git(1), hg(1), svn(1). Here is Git w/ Git.clone:

import pathlib
from libvcs.cmd.git import Git

git = Git(dir=pathlib.Path.cwd() / 'my_git_repo')


Create a GitSync object of the project to inspect / checkout / update:

import pathlib
from libvcs.sync.git import GitSync

repo = GitSync(
   dir=pathlib.Path().cwd() / "my_repo",
       'gitlab': ''

# Update / clone repo:
>>> repo.update_repo()

# Get revision:
>>> repo.get_revision()

Pytest plugin#

libvcs also provides a test rig for local repositories. It automatically can provide clean local repositories and working copies for git, svn, and mercurial. They are automatically cleaned up after each test.

It works by bootstrapping a temporary $HOME environment in a TmpPathFactory for automatic cleanup.

import pathlib

from libvcs.pytest_plugin import CreateProjectCallbackFixtureProtocol
from libvcs.sync.git import GitSync

def test_repo_git_remote_checkout(
    create_git_remote_repo: CreateProjectCallbackFixtureProtocol,
    tmp_path: pathlib.Path,
    projects_path: pathlib.Path,
) -> None:
    git_server = create_git_remote_repo()
    git_repo_checkout_dir = projects_path / "my_git_checkout"
    git_repo = GitSync(dir=str(git_repo_checkout_dir), url=f"file://{git_server!s}")


    assert git_repo.get_revision() == "initial"

    assert git_repo_checkout_dir.exists()
    assert pathlib.Path(git_repo_checkout_dir / ".git").exists()

Learn more on the docs at


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