Project import/export API

Introduced in GitLab 10.6

See also the project import/export documentation

Schedule an export

Start a new export.

The endpoint also accepts an upload param. This param is a hash that contains all the necessary information to upload the exported project to a web server or to any S3-compatible platform. At the moment we only support binary data file uploads to the final server.

If the upload params is present, upload[url] param is required. (Note: This feature was introduced in GitLab 10.7)

POST /projects/:id/export
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer/string yes The ID or URL-encoded path of the project owned by the authenticated user
description string no Overrides the project description
upload hash no Hash that contains the information to upload the exported project to a web server
upload[url] string yes The URL to upload the project
upload[http_method] string no The HTTP method to upload the exported project. Only PUT and POST methods allowed. Default is PUT
curl --request POST --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: 9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK" https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/1/export \
    --data "upload[http_method]=PUT" \
    --data-urlencode "upload[url]=https://example-bucket.s3.eu-west-3.amazonaws.com/backup?X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&X-Amz-Credential=AKIAIMBJHN2O62W8IELQ%2F20180312%2Feu-west-3%2Fs3%2Faws4_request&X-Amz-Date=20180312T110328Z&X-Amz-Expires=900&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&X-Amz-Signature=8413facb20ff33a49a147a0b4abcff4c8487cc33ee1f7e450c46e8f695569dbd"
{
  "message": "202 Accepted"
}

Export status

Get the status of export.

GET /projects/:id/export
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer/string yes The ID or URL-encoded path of the project owned by the authenticated user
curl --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: 9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK" https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/1/export

Status can be one of none, started, after_export_action or finished. The after_export_action state represents that the export process has been completed successfully and the platform is performing some actions on the resulted file. For example, sending an email notifying the user to download the file, uploading the exported file to a web server, etc.

_links are only present when export has finished.

{
  "id": 1,
  "description": "Itaque perspiciatis minima aspernatur corporis consequatur.",
  "name": "Gitlab Test",
  "name_with_namespace": "Gitlab Org / Gitlab Test",
  "path": "gitlab-test",
  "path_with_namespace": "gitlab-org/gitlab-test",
  "created_at": "2017-08-29T04:36:44.383Z",
  "export_status": "finished",
  "_links": {
    "api_url": "https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/1/export/download",
    "web_url": "https://gitlab.example.com/gitlab-org/gitlab-test/download_export",
  }
}

Export download

Download the finished export.

GET /projects/:id/export/download
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer/string yes The ID or URL-encoded path of the project owned by the authenticated user
curl --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: 9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK" --remote-header-name --remote-name https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/5/export/download
ls *export.tar.gz
2017-12-05_22-11-148_namespace_project_export.tar.gz

Import a file

POST /projects/import
Attribute Type Required Description
namespace integer/string no The ID or path of the namespace that the project will be imported to. Defaults to the current user’s namespace
file string yes The file to be uploaded
path string yes Name and path for new project
overwrite boolean no If there is a project with the same path the import will overwrite it. Default to false
override_params Hash no Supports all fields defined in the Project API

The override params passed will take precedence over all values defined inside the export file.

To upload a file from your file system, use the --form argument. This causes cURL to post data using the header Content-Type: multipart/form-data. The file= parameter must point to a file on your file system and be preceded by @. For example:

curl --request POST --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: 9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK" --form "path=api-project" --form "file=@/path/to/file" https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/import

cURL doesn’t support posting a file from a remote server. Importing a project from a remote server can be accomplished through something like the following:

import requests
import urllib
import json
import sys

s3_file = urllib.urlopen(presigned_url)

url =  'https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/import'
files = {'file': s3_file}
data = {
    "path": "example-project",
    "namespace": "example-group"
}
headers = {
    'Private-Token': "9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK"
}

requests.post(url, headers=headers, data=data, files=files)
{
  "id": 1,
  "description": null,
  "name": "api-project",
  "name_with_namespace": "Administrator / api-project",
  "path": "api-project",
  "path_with_namespace": "root/api-project",
  "created_at": "2018-02-13T09:05:58.023Z",
  "import_status": "scheduled"
}

Import status

Get the status of an import.

GET /projects/:id/import
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer/string yes The ID or URL-encoded path of the project owned by the authenticated user
curl --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: 9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK" https://gitlab.example.com/api/v4/projects/1/import

Status can be one of none, scheduled, failed, started, or finished.

If the status is failed, it will include the import error message under import_error.

{
  "id": 1,
  "description": "Itaque perspiciatis minima aspernatur corporis consequatur.",
  "name": "Gitlab Test",
  "name_with_namespace": "Gitlab Org / Gitlab Test",
  "path": "gitlab-test",
  "path_with_namespace": "gitlab-org/gitlab-test",
  "created_at": "2017-08-29T04:36:44.383Z",
  "import_status": "started"
}