Bulk git clone repositories

Recently, I was looking a way to do a git clone in bulk. I came across this nifty little script to do the same

# The script clones all repositories of an GitHub organization.
# Author: Jens-Andre Koch

# the github organization to fetch all repositories for

# the git clone cmd used for cloning each repository
# the parameter recursive is used to clone submodules, too.
GIT_CLONE_CMD="git clone "

# fetch repository list via github api
# grep fetches the json object key ssh_url, which contains the ssh url for the repository
REPOLIST=`curl --silent https://api.github.com/orgs/${GITHUB_ORGANIZATION}/repos?per_page=200 -q | grep "\"ssh_url\"" | awk -F': "' '{print $2}' | sed -e 's/",//g'`

# loop over all repository urls and execute clone
for REPO in $REPOLIST; do

You can just invoke it with the argument of either user or organization. For example

./clone.sh madhur

The problem with this is that it will not clone the private repos since the API used in this request is unauthenticated and will not have access to the private repos.

I wrote a small little python script which will also clone the private repos.

First, you need to obtain your personal access token

The gist is available here

import requests
import json
import subprocess


r = requests.get("https://api.github.com/orgs/" + GITHUB_ORGANIZATION + "/repos?per_page=200&access_token=" + ACCESS_TOKEN)

data = json.loads(r.text)

for repo in data:
    print repo['full_name']
    p = subprocess.Popen(["git","clone", repo['clone_url']], cwd=CLONE_DIR)