GitHub – Get a local backup of your code repositories – v. 1 of the tool

Last Updated on June 29, 2024 by Michael Morten Sonne

Introduction

The GitHub Backup Tool provides an intuitive console interface with a range of customizable features, allowing you to personalize the backup procedure according to your unique requirements. Whether you prefer scheduled automatic backups or on-demand snapshots, this tool empowers you with the freedom to decide when and how you wish to secure your codebase.

Why get a local backup of your code repositories?

Getting a local backup of your code repositories stored in GitHub (or othat places) is a good practice, to ensure that you have a copy of your code that is readily accessible in case of any unforeseen issues with your cloud-based repository. Here are some reasons why you should consider getting a local backup:

  • Disaster Recovery: In the event of a disaster such as a natural calamity or a cyber attack, having a local backup of your code repositories ensures that you have a copy of your code that can be quickly restored to minimize downtime.
  • Compliance Requirements: Some organizations may have compliance requirements that mandate keeping a local backup of their code repositories. Having a local backup helps meet these compliance requirements and ensures that you are not exposed to any legal or regulatory issues.
  • Version Control: While GitHub offers robust version control capabilities like Azure DevOps and GitLab etc., having a local backup of your code repositories gives you an added layer of control over versioning. This is particularly useful if you want to maintain a version history that is separate from your cloud-based repository.
  • Offline Access: If you or your team members work in an environment with limited or no internet connectivity, having a local backup of your code repositories ensures that you can continue to work offline and still have access to your code.

Overall, the importance of having a local backup cannot be overstated. Whether it’s for disaster recovery, compliance requirements, version control, or ensuring offline access, a local copy of your code repositories acts as a safety net in the face of unforeseen challenges.

Why do I make a local backup of my code repositories in GitHub

Year, I do it because I have a small server setup at home as an “IT Pro”, and thought it would be fun and educational to make such a tool but also something usefull.

I am NOT a trained programmer myself 🤪 so there is definitely something here that could be done smarter and faster – but I have managed to get this done as it is in my spare time and with the knowledge I have learned over time – and what count is: Learn every day and do something good!

How the tool is created and why

As a “IT Pro” with a home server setup, Microsoft 365 tenant all all parts of fun stuff, I embarked on this journey to create a tool that not only fulfills a practical need but also serves as an educational venture. Despite not being a trained programmer, I’ve embraced the challenge, emphasizing the mantra of learning every day and doing something good.

Using a Windows console application to do automation with arguments and task scheduler etc. offers several advantages over other approaches. Here are some reasons why you might consider using a console application for automation (in this case, else PowerShell is fine to 🤪😉)

  • Customization: A console application can be tailored to perform a specific task, allowing for greater customization and control over the automation process. You can pass arguments to the console application to configure its behavior, allowing you to fine-tune the automation process to meet your specific needs and features you need/have iders about like me 🤓
  • Flexibility: A console application can be scheduled to run at specific times or intervals using the Windows Task Scheduler. This allows you to automate tasks on a regular basis without requiring manual intervention.
  • Ease of Use: Console applications are relatively easy to create and use. They can be built using simple programming languages such as C# like this, and can be executed from the command line or via a batch file.
    But sure, you need to right tool to create it like the Visual Studio Community Edition IDE from Microsoft.
    This makes it easy to automate complex tasks that would otherwise be time-consuming or error-prone to perform manually.
  • Debugging: Console applications provide a rich set of debugging tools that can be used to troubleshoot issues that arise during automation. This can save significant time and effort compared to other approaches that may not offer the same level of debugging support.
  • Portability: Console applications can be easily moved and executed on different machines, making them a portable solution for automation. This can be particularly useful in scenarios where automation needs to be performed across multiple machines or environments.

Overall, using a Windows console application for automation with arguments and task scheduler offers flexibility, customization, ease of use, debugging support, and portability benefits that make it a great choice for automating tasks on a Windows machine.

The tool itself and how to use it

About the tool, there is all the information needed here direct from the public GitHub code here, with all the needed information – if you think something is missen, let me know!

When the backup process starts – collecting repo data to backup
Repo data
Backup in process
When backup is done and e-mail report is send (if specified)


The designated folder structure for the backups is as follows:

Path: <your root path set>\Github Backup <date>-(<time>)<username or org>\<repository name>\<branchname>\files

Feel free to explore and navigate through the organized backup structure, making it convenient to locate specific data. Your valuable input and feedback on refining this structure are encouraged to optimize the user experience further. Together, we can ensure a seamless and efficient backup process for your GitHub repositories!

Where to download

To get started with this powerful tool, simply head over to the official releases page on GitHub: https://github.com/michaelmsonne/GitHubBackupTool/releases. There, you’ll find the latest public releases ready for download.

Code Sign Certificate for Peace of Mind

An other nice part of this tool lies in its authenticated assurance. Both the tool and its installer hare digital signature with my Code Sign certificate from Sectigo. This additional security layer not only verifies the software’s legitimacy but also fosters user confidence in downloading a proven and trusted application.

Through the utilization of a Code Sign certificate, my objective is to deliver a seamless and secure installation experience. This steadfast commitment to security guarantees your trust in the GitHub Backup Tool for safeguarding your code.

If you have innovative ideas for enhancement and automation, I’m all ears!

Download now and fortify the resilience of your codebase – because every line of code deserves a safety location.

(Then it allways up to date here is this blog!)

Here is the full changelog embedde from the GitHub repo to, so its alltime up to date:

Continuous Improvement

See the current Changelog on GitHub tab – it´s hosted on my public repo on my GitHub account here: https://github.com/michaelmsonne/GitHubBackupTool

Your feedback and ideas are valuable. If you have suggestions on making the tool smarter and more automated, I welcome your input. Together, let’s elevate the capabilities of the GitHub Backup Tool and ensure that every line of code receives the protection it deserves.

Download now and code with confidence – because a safety net for your code is just a click away.

Conclusion

In the rapidly advancing landscape of software development, ensuring the protection of your code has become increasingly imperative. Recognizing this urgency, the GitHub Backup Tool has been meticulously crafted to offer you a resilient and user-friendly solution, carefully designed to cater to your unique requirements.

Embracing the latest advancements in technology, this tool goes beyond the ordinary to provide a seamless experience. From its user-friendly console interface to customizable options, including scheduled automatic backups and on-demand snapshots, the GitHub Backup Tool places control firmly in your hands.

Furthermore, the tool’s authenticity is fortified through digital signatures with my Code Sign certificate from Sectigo, adding an extra layer of confidence to your software deployment. This commitment to security aligns with my goal of ensuring a smooth and protected installation process, granting you peace of mind in the increasingly dynamic landscape of code management.

In a world where every line of code carries significance, the GitHub Backup Tool stands as your reliable companion, dedicated to fortifying the safety net around your valuable creations. Download now and experience the assurance of a tool crafted for the evolving demands of modern software development.

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