pypi i github-clone


:octocat: ⬇️ ⠀git clone repo subdirectories

by Habib Rehman

1.2.0 (see all)License:Apache 2.0
pypi i github-clone

GitHub clone

Git clone (download) any sub-directories of any GitHub repository (at any reference) without having to clone the entire repository, with only its GitHub URL. Uses the GitHub API to recursively clone the sub-directories tree and files.


I often find myself wanting to only download a certain directory, path or package of an especially big repo that I'm currently viewing (without even cloning the entire repo at depth 1) and to do so by simply copy & pasting the GitHub URL so that's why. Probably more instances where this might come in handy ;)

Rate limit

The GitHub API imposes a rate limiting of up to 60 requests per hour applies but can be increased to up to 5000 requests per hour using an OAuth token (to get one see https://help.github.com/en/articles/creating-a-personal-access-token-for-the-command-line).

GitHub clone makes an initial request to fetch repo metadata and then, a request for every subfolder in the repo. The requests to download the files within the folders are not counted against the rate limit so in most cases (i.e. the folder/repo you're trying to clone has less than 60 subfolders) the rate limit should not be a problem.

Private repositories

To clone private repositories you need to supply an OAuth token for an account with access to the private repository (to get one see https://help.github.com/en/articles/creating-a-personal-access-token-for-the-command-line).


Install the script via the pip:

pip install github-clone

or via pipsi:

pipsi install github-clone

Uses Python 3.3+


GitHub clone (git.io/ghclone)

  ghclone <url> [-t | --token=<token>]
  ghclone (-h | --help)
  ghclone (-v | --version)

  ghclone https://github.com/HR/Crypter/tree/master/app
  ghclone https://github.com/HR/Crypter/tree/dev/app
  ghclone https://github.com/HR/Crypter/tree/v3.1.0/build
  ghclone https://github.com/HR/Crypter/tree/cbee54dd720bb8aaa3a2111fcec667ca5f700510/build
  ghclone https://github.com/HR/Picturesque/tree/master/app/src -t li50d67757gm20556d53f08126215725a698560b

  -h --help           Show this screen.
  -v --version        Show version.
  -t --token=<token>  Set a GitHub OAuth token (see https://developer.github.com/v3/#rate-limiting).


Copyright (C) 2019-2021 Habib Rehman (https://git.io/HR)

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at


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