Git blobs

Last Update: 5/23/2017

api-version = 1.0

Blobs are files in the Git repository.

If you haven't already, look at the information on getting started with these APIs.

Get a blob

When you get an blob, by default the response is a stream (application/octet-stream) that contains the contents of the file.

GET https://{instance}/DefaultCollection/{project}/_apis/git/repositories/{repository}/blobs/{objectId}?api-version={version}[&download={bool}&fileName={string}]
Parameter Type Default Notes
URL
instance string VS Team Services account ({account}.visualstudio.com) or TFS server ({server:port}).
project string ID or name of the team project. Optional if specifying an ID for repository.
repository string ID of the repository.
objectId string SHA1 hash of the file. You can get the objectId of a file by getting its metadata.
Query
api-version string Version of the API to use.
$format enum Accept header Options: json, zip, text, octetstream. If not set, defaults to the MIME type set in the Accept header.
download bool false If true, prompt for a download rather than rendering in a browser. Note: this value defaults to true if $format is zip
fileName string object ID Provide a fileName to use for a download.
NOTE

Repositories have both a name and an identifier. Identifiers are globally unique, but several projects may contain a repository of the same name. You don't need to include the project if you specify a repository by ID. However, if you specify a repository by name, you must also specify the project (by name or ID).

The metadata

Sample request

GET https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/blobs/61a86fdaa79e5c6f5fb6e4026508489feb6ed92c?api-version=1.0

Sample response

Status code: 200
{
  "objectId": "61a86fdaa79e5c6f5fb6e4026508489feb6ed92c",
  "size": 1486,
  "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/blobs/61a86fdaa79e5c6f5fb6e4026508489feb6ed92c",
  "_links": {
    "self": {
      "href": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/blobs/61a86fdaa79e5c6f5fb6e4026508489feb6ed92c"
    },
    "repository": {
      "href": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249"
    }
  }
}

In a stream

Sample request

GET https://fabrikam.VisualStudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/blobs/f5dd7df5872eae8c39c9491f67d856dafd609683?api-version=1.0&$format=octetstream

Sample response

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</div>
<div class="row">
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    </div>
    <div class="col-md-4">
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    </div>
    <div class="col-md-4">
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</div>
Status code: 200

In a downloadable .zip file

GET https://fabrikam.VisualStudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/blobs/f5dd7df5872eae8c39c9491f67d856dafd609683?api-version=1.0&download=true&$format=zip&filename=myfiles.zip