Android Studio Git Clone Push Pull Repository

By | March 25, 2015

For personal development in Android Studio, using BitBucket as remote repository here’s my VCS workflow using Git.

Android Studio VCS setup for untracked project:

  • VCS -> Import into Version Control
  • Create Git Repository
  • Add files & directories to track in Git, using File Explorer (left window)
    • Since these are personal private projects, git add all Android Studio files except:
      • /build
      • /app/build
      • External Libraries (these will be pulled in via Gradle upon sync/build)
    • Create a .gitignore file in the project root.  Add lines for /build and /app/build
    • VCS (menu) -> Commit Changes
      • this performs an initial commit, now we’re ready to add a remote repo & push
  • Create a repository at BitBucket, GitHub or wherever
  • get address of repository from remote git repository (top right corner HTTPS URL of repository overview page)
  • in Android Studio Terminal (bottom left in tools window), run the following command (replace username & repo-name with values from your repository)
    • git remote add origin https://username@bitbucket.org/username/repo-name.git
    • git push -u origin –all
  • Repository at remote location is now synced with local project.
  • For future commits, do Commit and Push to keep remote repository up-to-date

Clone Android Studio project from remote repository

  • From the remote repository web interface, Fork the repository with a new name
  • From Android Studio startup dialog choose:
    • Check out project from Version Control
  • Choose Git for BitBucket, Github for Github
  • In the Clone Repository dialog, Grab the forked repository URL from the web interface of Github or BitBucket (Overview page), paste into Vcs Repository URL field
  • Change Parent Directory if needed (usually not required)
  • Enter a directory name of your choosing
  • Click Clone button
  • Android Studio will pull files and clone the repository, ready for work
  • You’re done, add / edit / Commit + Push as usual
  • Likely you’ll get a dialog asking to add project-name.iml file.  I add it.


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