Cloning All Your GitHub Repositories or Updating Them in One Command

October 29, 2018

I had a new laptop couple weeks ago at work, and I had to set it up with everything I need including the projects I have been working on from GitHub, I remembered how I usually git clone every project I start working on, it involves going to GitHub to the project page, copy the clone URL then I go to my terminal, cd to the projects directory and executes git clone http://github.com/org/repo.

But what if I don’t need to do that, What if I just cloned all the repositories at once and update them all with one command, that could save a lot of time when I have a new machine or I came back from a long vacation and I want to update all the machines.

The implementation is pretty trivial, I should connect to GitHub API and get the list of repositories for me or the organization I want to clone, iterate over every repo and clone or update it, and because GitHub doesn’t return all repositories in one page I have to repeat that process until I get an empty page.

The following snippet does that, it needs some dependencies like tty-prompt and colorize both can be removed, but I like to have colored text and menus for that script.