libgit2 VS pygit2

Compare libgit2 vs pygit2 and see what are their differences.

libgit2

A cross-platform, linkable library implementation of Git that you can use in your application. (by libgit2)

pygit2

Python bindings for libgit2 (by libgit2)
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libgit2 pygit2
30 1
9,460 1,578
0.6% 0.1%
9.6 9.1
3 days ago 16 days ago
C Python
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
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libgit2

Posts with mentions or reviews of libgit2. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-03-05.
  • Radicle: Open-Source, Peer-to-Peer, GitHub Alternative
    8 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 5 Mar 2024
    Everything that is replicated on the network is stored as a Git object, using the libgit2[0] library. This library uses hardened SHA-1 internally, which is called sha1dc (for "detect collision").

    [0]: https://github.com/libgit2/libgit2/blob/ac0f2245510f6c75db1b...

  • Speedbump – a TCP proxy to simulate variable network latency
    3 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 16 Jan 2024
    This is delightful and I can't wait to try it out. Right now, the libgit2 project (https://github.com/libgit2/libgit2) has a custom HTTP git server wrapper that will throttle the responses down to a very slow rate. It's fun watching a `git clone` running over 2400 baud modem speeds, but it's actually been incredibly helpful for testing timeouts, odd buffering problems, and other things that crop up in weird network environments.

    I'd love to jettison our hacky custom code and use something off-the-shelf instead.

  • Things I just don't like about Git
    6 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 8 Oct 2023
  • GitKraken Client Is Migrating from Libgit2 to the Git Executable
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 29 Aug 2023
    I've built a UI on top of libgit2 and I wish that this blog post expanded on which new features are missing (sparse checkout?).

    To quote: "The migration to Git Executable will allow us to resolve long-standing issues with GitKraken Client, such as poor LFS performance, SSH configuration support and many other features/performance improvements."

    I agree on LFS performance on Windows. SSH config support is a pain due to libssh2 but openssh support is on the way (https://github.com/libgit2/libgit2/pull/6617).

    There are many cons to using the Git executable itself (parsing output, error reporting, version handling). Seems to me that there's more to this?

  • Mold 2.0.0
    4 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 26 Jul 2023
    I'm curious about the license change? This is an executable is it not? Invoking it as a separate process does not require you make the software calling it GPL so switching to MIT should have no affect in the common case.

    If the authors really wanted a more permissive license, then instead of relicensing from AGPL to MIT they should have gone AGPL with linking exception. An example of a project that does this is libgit2 [1]. This licensing is more permissive but still permits the author to sell commercial licenses to those making closed-source code changes.

    [1] https://github.com/libgit2/libgit2#license

  • Shadow cloning support landed in libgit2
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 9 May 2023
  • I'm feeling lazy today but want a better excuse than "working on documention" for the morning standup.
    2 projects | /r/sysadmin | 26 Apr 2023
    Using libxlsxwriter and libgit, it's straightforward -- just putting the equivalent of git shortlog and lines added and removed into a line of cells.
  • libgit2 fails to verify SSH keys by default
    1 project | /r/bag_o_news | 22 Jan 2023
    1 project | /r/netsec | 20 Jan 2023
    1 project | /r/netsec | 20 Jan 2023

pygit2

Posts with mentions or reviews of pygit2. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-03-29.
  • Hello, HPy
    4 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 29 Mar 2021
    It still is, and Cython is great for accelerating critical Python code.

    A C extension is far preferable when you want to code in C, either to write a new data type[1], or write a Python frontend to a C library[2] that is too complex to be well supported by simple FFI.

    I think people use Cython more internally when they value the maintainability of "mostly Python" over the fact that it's slower than what native C would get them.

    [1]: https://github.com/tobgu/pyrsistent

    [2]: https://github.com/libgit2/pygit2

What are some alternatives?

When comparing libgit2 and pygit2 you can also consider the following projects:

elfshaker - elfshaker stores binary objects efficiently

Guitar - Git GUI Client

git-branchless - High-velocity, monorepo-scale workflow for Git

tig - Text-mode interface for git

horde - Horde is a distributed Supervisor and Registry backed by DeltaCrdt

gti - a git launcher :-)

git-date - Bindings onto the date parsing code from Git

RustPython - A Python Interpreter written in Rust

pygooglenews - If Google News had a Python library

Pyrsistent - Persistent/Immutable/Functional data structures for Python

git2-rs - libgit2 bindings for Rust

xni - A possible new C API for extending Ruby impls