This page describes how to use the MusicBrainz Git repository.
The latest stable and development versions of MusicBrainz Server are hosted on Git, at git.musicbrainz.org. You can browse the code through the web interface, and also clone each of these repositories for read only access. All releases we make are tagged on the master tree, and you can clone these to run stable released versions of MusicBrainz.
Checking out source code
To check out source code from our repository use this command:
git clone git://git.musicbrainz.org/musicbrainz-server/core.git mb_server
This will clone the latest master branch -- see the README for more information.
Confused? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more help, or drop by the IRC channel at irc://irc.freenode.net/musicbrainz. Additionally, check out the Contact Us page for more ways to get in touch.
Development with Git
If you want to help contribute to MusicBrainz - it's really simple! All you need to do is branch off master and commit there:
git checkout -b my-cool-feature master
When you are ready to share your work with us you have a few options - if you wish to submit a patches, you should use git format-patch. These can then be emailed to the developers mailing list. If you're doing work on more than one branch, or you'd like to have more control we are happy to give you a branch or repository on git.musicbrainz.org to push work to. For more information on this, please ask the list and someone will give you more details.
If you're new to Git, don't worry - there is plenty of excellent documentation about how to use it:
* Pro Git - a book about using Git * Everyday GIT With 20 Commands Or So * Git for the lazy