Backing Up a Git Repository

Sun 13th June 2021 By David T. Sadler.

Below is a quick and dirty way in which I backup all my repositories that are hosted at


DATE_PREFIX=$(date +%Y%m%d)






find $BACKUP_FILES -mtime +3 -delete

exit 0

All it does it tar and gzip any .git directories found under /home/git. It also removes any backups that are more than three days old.

This script has been saved as /usr/bin/backup_repositories and is ran daily via cron.

0 3 * * * /usr/bin/backup_repositories > /dev/null 2>&1

It is important to know that this backup strategy is far from ideal for repositories that are heavily used as you run the high risk of trying to backup a repository as users are pushing to it. As git updates a repository in two phases this will lead to a backup that may not contain all the data and so won't be suitable for restoring. However its fine for my purposes since I'm the only user and it's unlikely that I will be making changes during the time the backup is running.


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