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The UiPath Studio Guide

Managing Projects with GIT

GIT integration in Studio requires the Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable Update 3 x86 version. Check the Software Requirements page.

Authenticating to GIT

Authentication methods in Studio differ in accordance with the methods used for cloning a GIT repository, either HTTPS or SSH. Check this page to see which you should use if you're working with GitHub.

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Note:

The GIT integration with Studio does not currently support two-factor authentication. As a workaround, use SSO authentication method with a personal token, or the basic access authentication method.

The current guide details the steps for authenticating to a GitHub repository, but the Git integration in Studio is not limited to just this service.

Over HTTPS

When cloning a remote GIT repository or copying the current project to an existing GIT repository using HTTPS for the first time, you must provide your GIT credentials. These credentials must be entered in the Use Credentials fields:

You can authenticate using:

  • Username and password in their specific fields;
  • Username in the User field, and GIT token in the Token field;

Follow the steps detailed in this page to generate a GIT token for your GitHub repository.

Over SSH

When cloning a repository or copying the current project to an existing GIT repository using SSH for the first time, you have the option of using a private key:

Add the Private Key Path and the Password, and then click Open to clone your remote GIT repository. Check out the steps detailed here to generate a SSH key for your GitHub repository.

Authentication Failed

Over HTTPS

If the password or username were mistyped when cloning a GIT repository by using the HTTPS method, the Enter Credentials window is displayed with the message Authentication failed:

Please check whether the User and Password you entered are correct.

Over SSH

The following Enter Credentials window is displayed when authentication fails over SSH:

Please check your Private Key and password are correct and try again.

Cloning a Remote GIT Repository

  1. Pick from Clone with HTTPS or Use SSH.
  2. Type in the Repository URL, and choose an empty Check out directory.
  3. Click the Use Credentials or Use Key checkbox to add your Git username or Private Key Path, and password.
  4. Click Open, Studio opens the project in the Designer panel.
  5. In the Open window, select a project.json file to open in Studio.

After cloning a GIT repository to a local working directory, the .git subdirectory is created containing the necessary GIT metadata. The metadata includes subdirectories for objects, refs, and template files. In addition, a HEAD file is also created, which points to the currently checked out commit.

Adding a Project to GIT

The GIT Init feature adds the current project to a local GIT repository. Access the command from the Team tab, or the status bar.

  1. Create or open a project in Studio. Click the Start tab > Team. The Team tab is displayed.
  2. Click the GIT Init button, and then select a path where the repository should be initialized. The location may be the same as the project or the parent folder. The Commit changes window opens.
  1. The Modified Files section shows the project’s files that are to be added to the Git repo. Clear the box next to the ones that you don’t want to add or use Select All, Select None.
  2. Select the Show Unversioned Files box to add unversioned files to the list.
    Write a Commit Message. Click the Commit button to commit the changes to the local Git repository.

Committing and Pushing to GIT

  1. From the same Commit Changes window, click the Commit and Push button to commit the changes and push them to the remote repository. This Manage Remotes window is displayed. The window is also available from the status bar.
  1. In the Name section, add the name of the remote repository.
  2. In the URL section, add the remote URL.

If you want to make modifications to the added repositories, simply click an entry, change the name and URL, then click the Update button. When you're done click Add, then Save. The following message box opens. This means that the local repository is not synchronized with the remote one.

  • Click the Overwrite remote content button to push the local versions of files to the remote repository and overwrite the files there.
  • Click the Pull (rebase) button to pull the remote files and rebase the current branch.
  • Click the Cancel button to discard the whole operation.

The number of unpushed changes, and newly added files are visible in the status bar. Click the changes_iconchanges_icon icon to open the Commit Changes window, or the push_commitpush_commit icon to push changes.

Changing the Last Commit

Studio integration with Git also comes with an Amend Commit option for changing the last performed commit, before the push was performed.

  1. Right-click a modified file in the Properties panel and select Commit. The Commit Changes window is displayed.
  1. Select the Amend Commit box. The last commit message is displayed, together with the files that were committed.
  2. Change the commit message and select the files that you would like to include. Click the Commit and Push or Commit button.

Undoing Pending Changes

Studio comes with the option to undo changes that have been made to versioned files, before you commit and push them to the remote repository.

After making changes to a file in the local repository, click Undo in the GIT context menu to open the Undo Pending Changes window.

Select the checkbox next to the files and click Undo. The files are now reverted to the state before the changes were made.

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Note:

The Undo does not cover unversioned files. If you create new files and then select Undo, the files are not removed from the project. Once added to the project tree, new files remain there unless they are manually deleted.

Copying a Project to GIT

The Copy to GIT button in Studio Backstage view and status bar allows you to copy the current project to an existing GIT repository.

To do so first open or create a project in Studio. In the Team tab, select Copy to GIT and pick an existing GIT repository folder on your machine. The project is added to the local GIT repository and the Copy to GIT message box opens.

  • Select Yes to open the project from the new location. The Commit Changes window opens. Write a Commit message and click Commit and Push or just Commit.
  • Select No to return to the Studio user-interface.

Creating and Managing Branches

  1. In the Properties panel, right-click the project node or contained file, or the merge_buttonmerge_button icon in the status bar and select Manage Branches. The Manage Branches window is displayed.
  1. Add a branch by clicking on the add_buttonadd_button button. Write a name for the branch in the Name section. Click Add and then Save. The branch is added to the list.

Right-click any branch to display the options for Git branches:

  • The Checkout branch option switches to the selected branch.
  • The Rebase option rebases the current branch onto the selected branch.
  • The Merge option merges the selected branch into the current branch.

To merge a branch into the master of a GIT remote repository, you need to have the master branch checked out in Studio and then merge the modified branch into master.

To switch between branches, click the branchesbranches icon in the status bar to open the list with all the recently checked out branches. Click an item to switch the branch.

Solving Conflicts

GIT integration with Studio comes with a feature for solving conflicts that may occur when performing the Rebase or Push command, found in the Commit Changes window.

Whenever Studio detects a conflict between the local file and the one found in the remote repository, the Solve conflicts window is displayed.

The window is similar to File Diff, showing the differences between the Remote version of the file and the Local version.

Check out field descriptions for the [Solve Conflicts] context menu here.

Disconnecting from GIT

The Disconnect option from Studio Backstage view > Team tab is available for versioned files in the following two cases:

  1. A process is initialized as a local GIT repository. Create a new process, use GIT Init to add it to a local GIT repository and then use Disconnect to remove the subversion tag.
  2. The subversion tag can be removed by clicking Disconnect for a GIT repository which includes parent and child projects.
  3. If you disconnect a child project, then the entire GIT repository that contains the opened project is disconnected from source control. A message box is displayed in Studio requiring your confirmation before the disconnect action is performed.

Using GIT with a Proxy Server

GIT integration in Studio supports accessing remote repositories if internet access is through a proxy server. This can be done in two ways: either configured at machine level in the Proxy Settings window or by making changes to git commands.

Proxy details configured in the Proxy Settings window are taken into account, without the need of entering them in the .gitconfig file.

To configure proxy details with git commands, add them to GIT configuration files in the following form:
[http "https://domain.com"] proxy = http://proxyUsername:proxyPassword@proxy.server.com:port

GIT configuration files can be found at the following locations:

  • config file: %ProgramData%\Git
  • .gitconfig file: %UserProfile%
  • local config file from project level, for example %UserProfile%\Desktop\testproject\.git.

Updated 3 months ago


Managing Projects with GIT


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