AWS CodeCommit
User Guide (API Version 2015-04-13)

Migrate a Repository Incrementally

When migrating to AWS CodeCommit, consider pushing your repository in increments or chunks to reduce the chances an intermittent network issue or degraded network performance will cause the entire push to fail. By using incremental pushes with a script like the following, you can restart the migration and push only those commits that did not succeed on the earlier attempt.

The procedures in this topic show you how to create and run a script that will migrate your repository in increments and repush only those increments that did not succeed until the migration is complete.

These instructions assume you have already completed the steps in Setting Up and Create a Repository.

Step 0: Determine Whether to Migrate Incrementally

There are several factors to consider to determine the overall size of your repository and whether to migrate incrementally. The most obvious is the overall size of the artifacts in the repository. Factors such as the accumulated history of the repository can also contribute to size. A repository with years of history and branches can be very large, even though the individual assets are not. There are a number of strategies you can pursue to make migrating these repositories simpler and more efficient, such as using a shallow clone strategy when cloning a repository with a long history of development, or turning off delta compression for large binary files. You can research options by consulting your Git documentation, or you can choose to set up and configure incremental pushes for migrating your repository using the sample script included in this topic,

You might want to configure incremental pushes if one or more of the following conditions is true:

  • The repository you want to migrate has more than five years of history.

  • Your internet connection is subject to intermittent outages, dropped packets, slow response, or other interruptions in service.

  • The overall size of the repository is larger than 2 GB and you intend to migrate the entire repository.

  • The repository contains large artifacts or binaries that do not compress well, such as large image files with more than five tracked versions.

  • You have previously attempted a migration to AWS CodeCommit and received an "Internal Service Error" message.

Even if none of the above conditions are true, you can still choose to push incrementally.

Step 1: Install Prerequisites and Add the AWS CodeCommit Repository as a Remote

You can create your own custom script, which will have its own prerequisites. If you choose to use the sample included in this topic, you must first install its prerequisites, as well as clone the repository to your local computer and add the AWS CodeCommit repository as a remote for the repository you want to migrate.

Set up to run

  1. On your local computer, install Python 2.6 or later, if it is not already installed. For more information and the latest versions, see the Python website.

  2. On the same computer, install GitPython, which is a Python library used to interact with Git repositories, if it is not already installed. For more information, see the GitPython documentation.

  3. Use the git clone --mirror command to clone the repository you want to migrate to your local computer. From the terminal (Linux, macOS, or Unix) or the command prompt (Windows), use the git clone --mirror command to create a local repo for the repository, including the directory where you want to create the local repo. For example, to clone a Git repository named MyMigrationRepo with a URL of to a directory named my-repo:

    git clone --mirror my-repo

    You should see output similar to the following, which indicates the repository has been cloned into a bare local repo named my-repo:

    Cloning into bare repository 'my-repo'... remote: Counting objects: 20, done. remote: Compressing objects: 100% (17/17), done. remote: Total 20 (delta 5), reused 15 (delta 3) Unpacking objects: 100% (20/20), done. Checking connectivity... done.
  4. Change directories to the local repo for the repository you just cloned (for example, my-repo). From that directory, use the git remote add DefaultRemoteName RemoteRepositoryURL command to add the AWS CodeCommit repository as a remote repository for the local repo.


    When pushing large repositories, consider using SSH instead of HTTPS. When pushing a large change, a large number of changes, or a large repository, long-running HTTPS connections are often terminated prematurely due to networking issues or firewall settings. For more information about setting up AWS CodeCommit for SSH, see For SSH Connections on Linux, macOS, or Unix or For SSH Connections on Windows.

    For example, to add the SSH endpoint for an AWS CodeCommit repository named MyDestinationRepo as a remote repository for the remote named codecommit, use the following command:

    git remote add codecommit ssh://


    Because this is a clone, the default remote name (origin) will already be in use. You must use another remote name. Although the example uses codecommit, you can use any name you want. Use the git remote show command to review the list of remotes set for your local repo.

  5. Use the git remote -v command to display the fetch and push settings for your local repo and confirm they are set correctly. For example:

    codecommit ssh:// (fetch) codecommit ssh:// (push)


    If you still see fetch and push entries for a different remote repository (for example, entries for origin), remove them using the git remote set-url --delete command.

Step 2: Create the Script to Use for Migrating Incrementally

These steps assume you will use the sample script.

  1. Open a text editor and paste the contents of the sample script into an empty document.

  2. Save the document in a documents directory (not the working directory of your local repo) and name it Make sure the directory you choose is one configured in your local environment or path variables, so you can run the Python script from a command line or terminal.

Step 3: Run the Script and Migrate Incrementally to AWS CodeCommit

Now that you have created your script, you can use it to incrementally migrate a local repo to an AWS CodeCommit repository. By default, the script pushes commits in batches of 1,000 commits and attempts to use the Git settings for the directory from which it is run as the settings for the local repo and remote repository. You can use the options included in to configure other settings, if necessary.

  1. From the terminal or command prompt, change directories to the local repo you want to migrate.

  2. From that directory, type the following command:

  3. The script runs and shows progress at the terminal or command prompt. Some large repositories will be slow to show progress. The script will stop if a single push fails three times. You can then rerun the script, and it will start from the batch that failed. You can rerun the script until all pushes succeed and the migration is complete.


You can run from any directory as long as you use the -l and -r options to specify the local and remote settings to use. For example, to use the script from any directory to migrate a local repo located at /tmp/my-repo to a remote nicknamed codecommit:

python -l "/tmp/my-repo" -r "codecommit"

You might also want to use the -b option to change the default batch size used when pushing incrementally. For example, if you are regularly pushing a repository with very large binary files that change often and are working from a location that has restricted network bandwidth, you might want to use the -b option to change the batch size to 500 instead of 1,000. For example:

python -b 500

This will push the local repo incrementally in batches of 500 commits. If you decide to change the batch size again when migrating the repository (for example, if you decide to decrease the batch size after an unsuccessful attempt), remember to use the -c option to remove the batch tags before resetting the batch size with -b:

python -c python -b 250


Do not use the -c option if you want to rerun the script after a failure. The -c option removes the tags used to batch the commits. Use the -c option only if you want to change the batch size and start again, or if you decide you no longer want to use the script.

Appendix: Sample Script

For your convenience, we have developed a sample Python script,, for pushing a repository incrementally. This script is an open source code sample and provided as-is.

# Copyright 2015, Inc. or its affiliates. All Rights Reserved. Licensed under the Amazon Software License (the "License"). # You may not use this file except in compliance with the License. A copy of the License is located at # # This file is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, express or implied. See the License for # the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License. #!/usr/bin/env python import os import sys from optparse import OptionParser from git import Repo, TagReference, RemoteProgress, GitCommandError class PushProgressPrinter(RemoteProgress): def update(self, op_code, cur_count, max_count=None, message=''): op_id = op_code & self.OP_MASK stage_id = op_code & self.STAGE_MASK if op_id == self.WRITING and stage_id == self.BEGIN: print("\tObjects: %d" % max_count) class RepositoryMigration: MAX_COMMITS_TOLERANCE_PERCENT = 0.05 PUSH_RETRY_LIMIT = 3 MIGRATION_TAG_PREFIX = "codecommit_migration_" def migrate_repository_in_parts(self, repo_dir, remote_name, commit_batch_size, clean): self.next_tag_number = 0 self.migration_tags = [] self.walked_commits = set() self.local_repo = Repo(repo_dir) self.remote_name = remote_name self.max_commits_per_push = commit_batch_size self.max_commits_tolerance = self.max_commits_per_push * self.MAX_COMMITS_TOLERANCE_PERCENT try: self.remote_repo = self.local_repo.remote(remote_name) self.get_remote_migration_tags() except (ValueError, GitCommandError): print("Could not contact the remote repository. The most common reasons for this error are that the name of the remote repository is incorrect, or that you do not have permissions to interact with that remote repository.") sys.exit(1) if clean: self.clean_up(clean_up_remote=True) return self.clean_up() print("Analyzing repository") head_commit = self.local_repo.head.commit sys.setrecursionlimit(max(sys.getrecursionlimit(), head_commit.count())) # tag commits on default branch leftover_commits = self.migrate_commit(head_commit) self.tag_commits([commit for (commit, commit_count) in leftover_commits]) # tag commits on each branch for branch in self.local_repo.heads: leftover_commits = self.migrate_commit(branch.commit) self.tag_commits([commit for (commit, commit_count) in leftover_commits]) # push the tags self.push_migration_tags() # push all branch references for branch in self.local_repo.heads: print("Pushing branch %s" % self.do_push_with_retries( # push all tags print("Pushing tags") self.do_push_with_retries(push_tags=True) self.get_remote_migration_tags() self.clean_up(clean_up_remote=True) print("Migration to CodeCommit was successful") def migrate_commit(self, commit): if commit in self.walked_commits: return [] pending_ancestor_pushes = [] commit_count = 1 if len(commit.parents) > 1: # This is a merge commit # Ensure that all parents are pushed first for parent_commit in commit.parents: pending_ancestor_pushes.extend(self.migrate_commit(parent_commit)) elif len(commit.parents) == 1: # Split linear history into individual pushes next_ancestor, commits_to_next_ancestor = self.find_next_ancestor_for_push(commit.parents[0]) commit_count += commits_to_next_ancestor pending_ancestor_pushes.extend(self.migrate_commit(next_ancestor)) self.walked_commits.add(commit) return self.stage_push(commit, commit_count, pending_ancestor_pushes) def find_next_ancestor_for_push(self, commit): commit_count = 0 # Traverse linear history until we reach our commit limit, a merge commit, or an initial commit while len(commit.parents) == 1 and commit_count < self.max_commits_per_push and commit not in self.walked_commits: commit_count += 1 self.walked_commits.add(commit) commit = commit.parents[0] return commit, commit_count def stage_push(self, commit, commit_count, pending_ancestor_pushes): # Determine whether we can roll up pending ancestor pushes into this push combined_commit_count = commit_count + sum(ancestor_commit_count for (ancestor, ancestor_commit_count) in pending_ancestor_pushes) if combined_commit_count < self.max_commits_per_push: # don't push anything, roll up all pending ancestor pushes into this pending push return [(commit, combined_commit_count)] if combined_commit_count <= (self.max_commits_per_push + self.max_commits_tolerance): # roll up everything into this commit and push self.tag_commits([commit]) return [] if commit_count >= self.max_commits_per_push: # need to push each pending ancestor and this commit self.tag_commits([ancestor for (ancestor, ancestor_commit_count) in pending_ancestor_pushes]) self.tag_commits([commit]) return [] # push each pending ancestor, but roll up this commit self.tag_commits([ancestor for (ancestor, ancestor_commit_count) in pending_ancestor_pushes]) return [(commit, commit_count)] def tag_commits(self, commits): for commit in commits: self.next_tag_number += 1 tag_name = self.MIGRATION_TAG_PREFIX + str(self.next_tag_number) if tag_name not in self.remote_migration_tags: tag = self.local_repo.create_tag(tag_name, ref=commit) self.migration_tags.append(tag) elif self.remote_migration_tags[tag_name] != str(commit): print("Migration tags on the remote do not match the local tags. Most likely your batch size has changed since the last time you ran this script. Please run this script with the --clean option, and try again.") sys.exit(1) def push_migration_tags(self): print("Will attempt to push %d tags" % len(self.migration_tags)) self.migration_tags.sort(key=lambda tag: int(, ""))) for tag in self.migration_tags: print("Pushing tag %s (out of %d tags), commit %s" % (, self.next_tag_number, str(tag.commit))) self.do_push_with_retries( def do_push_with_retries(self, ref=None, push_tags=False): for i in range(0, self.PUSH_RETRY_LIMIT): if i == 0: progress_printer = PushProgressPrinter() else: progress_printer = None try: if push_tags: infos = self.remote_repo.push(tags=True, progress=progress_printer) elif ref is not None: infos = self.remote_repo.push(refspec=ref, progress=progress_printer) else: infos = self.remote_repo.push(progress=progress_printer) success = True if len(infos) == 0: success = False else: for info in infos: if info.flags & info.UP_TO_DATE or info.flags & info.NEW_TAG or info.flags & info.NEW_HEAD: continue success = False print(info.summary) if success: return except GitCommandError as err: print(err) if push_tags: print("Pushing all tags failed after %d attempts" % (self.PUSH_RETRY_LIMIT)) elif ref is not None: print("Pushing %s failed after %d attempts" % (ref, self.PUSH_RETRY_LIMIT)) print("For more information about the cause of this error, run the following command from the local repo: 'git push %s %s'" % (self.remote_name, ref)) else: print("Pushing all branches failed after %d attempts" % (self.PUSH_RETRY_LIMIT)) sys.exit(1) def get_remote_migration_tags(self): remote_tags_output = self.local_repo.git.ls_remote(self.remote_name, tags=True).split('\n') self.remote_migration_tags = dict((tag.split()[1].replace("refs/tags/",""), tag.split()[0]) for tag in remote_tags_output if self.MIGRATION_TAG_PREFIX in tag) def clean_up(self, clean_up_remote=False): tags = [tag for tag in self.local_repo.tags if] # delete the local tags TagReference.delete(self.local_repo, *tags) # delete the remote tags if clean_up_remote: tags_to_delete = [":" + tag_name for tag_name in self.remote_migration_tags] self.remote_repo.push(refspec=tags_to_delete) parser = OptionParser() parser.add_option("-l", "--local", action="store", dest="localrepo", default=os.getcwd(), help="The path to the local repo. If this option is not specified, the script will attempt to use current directory by default. If it is not a local git repo, the script will fail.") parser.add_option("-r", "--remote", action="store", dest="remoterepo", default="codecommit", help="The name of the remote repository to be used as the push or migration destination. The remote must already be set in the local repo ('git remote add ...'). If this option is not specified, the script will use 'codecommit' by default.") parser.add_option("-b", "--batch", action="store", dest="batchsize", default="1000", help="Specifies the commit batch size for pushes. If not explicitly set, the default is 1,000 commits.") parser.add_option("-c", "--clean", action="store_true", dest="clean", default=False, help="Remove the temporary tags created by migration from both the local repo and the remote repository. This option will not do any migration work, just cleanup. Cleanup is done automatically at the end of a successful migration, but not after a failure so that when you re-run the script, the tags from the prior run can be used to identify commit batches that were not pushed successfully.") (options, args) = parser.parse_args() migration = RepositoryMigration() migration.migrate_repository_in_parts(options.localrepo, options.remoterepo, int(options.batchsize), options.clean)