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git – How to display available branches in Android source tree?

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


Following directions on Android’s main website to pull down sources, I’m looking at this command to initialize repo for the cupcake branch:

repo init -u git://android.git.kernel.org/platform/manifest.git -b cupcake

How can I view all available branches besides cupcake, i.e eclair, donut, etc…?

How to&Answers:

It doesn’t seem to be possible using the “repo” script, but you can query the list of available branches using git:

$ git clone https://android.googlesource.com/platform/manifest.git
$ cd manifest
$ git branch -r

If you don’t want to clone the repository just for this, you can see the branches on the web interface.


The quickest way to list available branches without cloning/downloading anything is this one-liner:

$ git ls-remote -h https://android.googlesource.com/platform/manifest.git


The manifests are already checked out as part of the repo init process. To get a list of available branches,
(from your android repo checkout root), use this command:

git --git-dir .repo/manifests/.git/ branch -a


See list of “Codenames, Tags, and Build Numbers” at http://source.android.com/source/build-numbers.html

git access is refused


For the repository you have perform repo sync. You can find them in your local directory .repo/manifests. Suppose you check aosp to ~/aosp.

$ cd ~/aosp/.repo/manifests
$ git branch -r


Assuming at the top of an AOSP tree, a list of tags can be shown either,

$ git --git-dir .repo/manifests.git tag -l


$ (cd .repo/manifests; git tag -l; )