Git items

Last Update: 5/23/2017

api-version = 1.0

Items are the files, folders, and submodules in a repository. Files are blobs in the API and folders are trees. If the repository contains submodules, they will appear as commits.

Items are blobs and trees

There are code samples available for this endpoint.

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

Types of data

This API does content negotiation based on the Accept header you send.

Accept header value API behavior
application/zip Returns zipped contents of the item requested
application/json Returns metadata about the item
text/plain or other Return contents of the item requested; ignores requests for recursion

Get a file

GET https://{instance}/DefaultCollection/{project}/_apis/git/repositories/{repository}/items?api-version={version}&scopePath={filePath}[&includeContentMetadata={bool}&lastProcessedChange={bool}]
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 or name of the repository.
Query
api-version string Version of the API to use.
scopePath string / Path to the item in the repository. /WebSite/WebSite/Views/Home/_Home.cshtml
includeContentMetadata bool false Use true to include additional metadata about the item content, like the file type.
latestProcessedChange bool false true gets the commit that contains the previous change to the retrieved version of the item. Of course, the root item ("/") has no commits associated with it, so there will not be a commit returned with the root item.
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).

Stream a file

When you get an item that is a file, the response is a stream (application/octet-stream) that contains the contents of the file. You can also get a specific version of an item.

Sample request

GET http://Fabrikam-Fiber-inc.VisualStudio.com/DefaultCollection/Fabrikam-Fiber-Git/_apis/git/repositories/Fabrikam-Fiber-Git/items?scopePath=/WebSite/WebSite/Views/Home/_Home.cshtml&api-version=1.0

Sample response

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    <p><a href="http://asp.net" class="btn btn-primary btn-large">Learn more &raquo;</a></p>
</div>
<div class="row">
    <div class="col-md-4">
        <h2>Getting started</h2>
        <p>
            ASP.NET Single Page Application (SPA) helps you build applications that include significant client-side interactions using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
            It's now easier than ever before to getting started writing highly interactive web applications.
        </p>
        <p><a class="btn btn-default" href="http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=273732">Learn more &raquo;</a></p>
    </div>
    <div class="col-md-4">
        <h2>Get more libraries</h2>
        <p>NuGet is a free Visual Studio extension that makes it easy to add, remove, and update libraries and tools in Visual Studio projects.</p>
        <p><a class="btn btn-default" href="http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=301866">Learn more &raquo;</a></p>
    </div>
    <div class="col-md-4">
        <h2>Web Hosting</h2>
        <p>You can easily find a web hosting company that offers the right mix of features and price for your applications.</p>
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    </div>
</div>
Status code: 200

Zip a folder

Set scopePath to the folder that you want to get in a zipped format and include the request header Accept: application/zip.

Sample request

Accept: application/zip
GET https://{instance}/DefaultCollection/{project}/_apis/git/repositories/{repository}/items?api-version={version}&scopePath={folderPath}

You can get a .zip file that contains the contents of a specific version of folder, too.

Get item metadata for

A file

Set the accept header to application/json to get the metadata for a file, or for a specific version of a file.

Sample request

Accept: application/json
GET https://{instance}/DefaultCollection/{project}/_apis/git/repositories/{repository}/items?api-version={version}&scopepath=/mywebsite/mywebsite/views/home/_home.cshtml

Response

The objectId in the metadata is the SHA1 hash of the item.

Status code: 200
{
  "count": 1,
  "value": [
    {
      "objectId": "61a86fdaa79e5c6f5fb6e4026508489feb6ed92c",
      "gitObjectType": "blob",
      "commitId": "03b1b831e41df536d836c95e2f68a42db4f3e0db",
      "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Home/_Home.cshtml"
    }
  ]
}

A folder

When you get an item that is a folder, the default response is the metadata (application/json). You can get the metadata for a specific version of a folder, too.

Sample request

GET https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items?scopePath=/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views&api-version=1.0

Sample response

Status code: 200
{
  "count": 1,
  "value": [
    {
      "objectId": "d1d5c2d49045d52bba6419652d6ecb2cd560dc29",
      "gitObjectType": "tree",
      "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
      "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views",
      "isFolder": true,
      "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views?versionType=Branch&versionOptions=None"
    }
  ]
}

A folder and its children

Use recursionLevel (and an appropriate Accept header) to include the contents of the folder in the response. You can get the contents of a specific version of the folder, too.

Sample request

GET https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items?scopePath=/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views&recursionLevel=Full&includeContentMetadata=true&api-version=1.0

Sample response

Status code: 200
{
  "count": 13,
  "value": [
    {
      "objectId": "d1d5c2d49045d52bba6419652d6ecb2cd560dc29",
      "gitObjectType": "tree",
      "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
      "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views",
      "isFolder": true,
      "contentMetadata": {
        "fileName": "Views"
      },
      "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views?versionType=Branch&versionOptions=None"
    },
    {
      "objectId": "ea6765e1976b9e8a6d4981fd8febebd574a91571",
      "gitObjectType": "tree",
      "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
      "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Home",
      "isFolder": true,
      "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Home?versionType=Branch&versionOptions=None"
    },
    {
      "objectId": "9093f030aa7dd8c802cad228fae4c6bafae4b32f",
      "gitObjectType": "blob",
      "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
      "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Home/Index.cshtml",
      "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Home/Index.cshtml?versionType=Branch&versionOptions=None"
    },
    {
      "objectId": "61a86fdaa79e5c6f5fb6e4026508489feb6ed92c",
      "gitObjectType": "blob",
      "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
      "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Home/_Home.cshtml",
      "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Home/_Home.cshtml?versionType=Branch&versionOptions=None"
    },
    {
      "objectId": "445986f7957f0478686b6def4dcd04d2bad00594",
      "gitObjectType": "blob",
      "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
      "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Home/_Login.cshtml",
      "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Home/_Login.cshtml?versionType=Branch&versionOptions=None"
    },
    {
      "objectId": "d95a992b555367d1332be5407ba653261543c190",
      "gitObjectType": "blob",
      "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
      "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Home/_Manage.cshtml",
      "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Home/_Manage.cshtml?versionType=Branch&versionOptions=None"
    },
    {
      "objectId": "8052a02bee6f82ae02c4d408d1b5b98ab1bf56a6",
      "gitObjectType": "blob",
      "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
      "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Home/_Register.cshtml",
      "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Home/_Register.cshtml?versionType=Branch&versionOptions=None"
    },
    {
      "objectId": "d3ea8b1ffab4736168e4b1d225ebc5aa0ade8cfe",
      "gitObjectType": "blob",
      "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
      "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Home/_RegisterExternal.cshtml",
      "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Home/_RegisterExternal.cshtml?versionType=Branch&versionOptions=None"
    },
    {
      "objectId": "d1c521e3b401b314d4f9ff17f6cad4652c6a4d14",
      "gitObjectType": "tree",
      "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
      "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Shared",
      "isFolder": true,
      "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Shared?versionType=Branch&versionOptions=None"
    },
    {
      "objectId": "a89723ddddb14cd956fae1a6f118ba29f1667cf4",
      "gitObjectType": "blob",
      "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
      "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Shared/Error.cshtml",
      "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Shared/Error.cshtml?versionType=Branch&versionOptions=None"
    },
    {
      "objectId": "86b48073d8ce15039ce18219d8fda43ba7f0c467",
      "gitObjectType": "blob",
      "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
      "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Shared/_Layout.cshtml",
      "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Shared/_Layout.cshtml?versionType=Branch&versionOptions=None"
    },
    {
      "objectId": "f5dd7df5872eae8c39c9491f67d856dafd609683",
      "gitObjectType": "blob",
      "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
      "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Web.config",
      "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Web.config?versionType=Branch&versionOptions=None"
    },
    {
      "objectId": "2de62418c07c3ffa833543f484445dbfd0fe68d8",
      "gitObjectType": "blob",
      "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
      "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/_ViewStart.cshtml",
      "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/_ViewStart.cshtml?versionType=Branch&versionOptions=None"
    }
  ]
}

Multiple items

To get more than one item in a single batch, specify the path of each item in an array of item descriptors in the post body. You can specify the version and recursion level for each item, too.

Sample request

POST https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/itemsBatch?api-version=1.0
Content-Type: application/json
{
  "itemDescriptors": [
    {
      "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views",
      "version": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
      "versionType": "commit",
      "versionOptions": "none",
      "recursionLevel": "OneLevel"
    },
    {
      "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Home",
      "version": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
      "versionType": "commit",
      "versionOptions": "none",
      "recursionLevel": "none"
    },
    {
      "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Shared",
      "version": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
      "versionType": "commit",
      "versionOptions": "none",
      "recursionLevel": "none"
    },
    {
      "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Web.config",
      "version": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
      "versionType": "commit",
      "versionOptions": "none",
      "recursionLevel": "none"
    },
    {
      "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/_ViewStart.cshtml",
      "version": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
      "versionType": "commit",
      "versionOptions": "none",
      "recursionLevel": "none"
    }
  ],
  "includeContentMetadata": "true"
}

Sample response

Status code: 200
{
  "count": 5,
  "value": [
    [
      {
        "objectId": "d1d5c2d49045d52bba6419652d6ecb2cd560dc29",
        "gitObjectType": "tree",
        "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
        "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views",
        "isFolder": true,
        "contentMetadata": {
          "fileName": "Views"
        },
        "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views?versionType=Commit&version=23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014&versionOptions=None"
      },
      {
        "objectId": "ea6765e1976b9e8a6d4981fd8febebd574a91571",
        "gitObjectType": "tree",
        "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
        "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Home",
        "isFolder": true,
        "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Home?versionType=Commit&version=23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014&versionOptions=None"
      },
      {
        "objectId": "d1c521e3b401b314d4f9ff17f6cad4652c6a4d14",
        "gitObjectType": "tree",
        "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
        "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Shared",
        "isFolder": true,
        "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Shared?versionType=Commit&version=23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014&versionOptions=None"
      },
      {
        "objectId": "f5dd7df5872eae8c39c9491f67d856dafd609683",
        "gitObjectType": "blob",
        "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
        "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Web.config",
        "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Web.config?versionType=Commit&version=23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014&versionOptions=None"
      },
      {
        "objectId": "2de62418c07c3ffa833543f484445dbfd0fe68d8",
        "gitObjectType": "blob",
        "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
        "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/_ViewStart.cshtml",
        "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/_ViewStart.cshtml?versionType=Commit&version=23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014&versionOptions=None"
      }
    ],
    [
      {
        "objectId": "ea6765e1976b9e8a6d4981fd8febebd574a91571",
        "gitObjectType": "tree",
        "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
        "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Home",
        "isFolder": true,
        "contentMetadata": {
          "fileName": "Home"
        },
        "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Home?versionType=Commit&version=23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014&versionOptions=None"
      }
    ],
    [
      {
        "objectId": "d1c521e3b401b314d4f9ff17f6cad4652c6a4d14",
        "gitObjectType": "tree",
        "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
        "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Shared",
        "isFolder": true,
        "contentMetadata": {
          "fileName": "Shared"
        },
        "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Shared?versionType=Commit&version=23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014&versionOptions=None"
      }
    ],
    [
      {
        "objectId": "f5dd7df5872eae8c39c9491f67d856dafd609683",
        "gitObjectType": "blob",
        "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
        "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Web.config",
        "contentMetadata": {
          "encoding": 65001,
          "contentType": "application/xml",
          "fileName": "Web.config",
          "extension": "config"
        },
        "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/Web.config?versionType=Commit&version=23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014&versionOptions=None"
      }
    ],
    [
      {
        "objectId": "2de62418c07c3ffa833543f484445dbfd0fe68d8",
        "gitObjectType": "blob",
        "commitId": "23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014",
        "path": "/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/_ViewStart.cshtml",
        "contentMetadata": {
          "encoding": 65001,
          "contentType": "application/octet-stream",
          "fileName": "_ViewStart.cshtml",
          "extension": "cshtml"
        },
        "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/git/repositories/278d5cd2-584d-4b63-824a-2ba458937249/items/MyWebSite/MyWebSite/Views/_ViewStart.cshtml?versionType=Commit&version=23d0bc5b128a10056dc68afece360d8a0fabb014&versionOptions=None"
      }
    ]
  ]
}

Get a specific version

You can indicate which version to get when you get a file, zip a folder, or get item metadata.

Parameter Type Default
URL
versionType enum { branch, commit, tag } branch
version string master
versionOptions enum { firstParent, previousChange, None } None
Query
api-version string Version of the API to use.

Use the versionType and version parameters together. For example, to get an item from "mybranch", use versionType=branch&version=mybranch.

If versionType is... Version is interpreted as...
Branch The name of a branch.
Tag The name of a tag.
Commit The ID of a commit.

You can also modify the version with the versionOptions parameter.

Value Effect
firstParent The parent branch to the version specified by the versionType and version parameters.
previousChange The last version of the item that was changed prior to the version specified by the versionType and version parameters.
None No modification to the version specified by the versionType and version parameters.

When you specify a version with recursion, the version is applied to the item and its children.