3.3. Cloning a Repository

It is possible to clone a repository either in Business Central or using the REST API calls. The kie-config-cli tool cannot be used to clone arbitrary repositories - run git clone or use one of the following options instead.

Cloning a Repository in Business Central

Note that only users with the admin role in Business Central can clone repositories.

Procedure: Using Business Central to Clone a Repository

  1. In Business Central, go to AuthoringAdministration.
  2. On the perspective menu, choose RepositoriesClone repository.

    The Clone Repository pop-up window is displayed.

    Figure 3.3. *Clone Repository*Dialog Window

    A screenshot of the Clone Repository dialog window.
  3. In the Clone Repository dialog window, enter the repository details:

    1. Enter the Repository Name to be used as the repository identifier in the Asset repository and select the Organizational Unit it should be added to.
    2. Enter the URL of the Git repository:

      • for a local repository, use file:///PATH_TO_REPOSITORY/REPOSITORY_NAME;


        The file protocol is only supported for READ operations. WRITE operations are not supported.

      • for a remote or preexisting repository, use https://github.com/USERNAME/REPOSITORY_NAME.git or git://HOST_NAME/REPOSITORY_NAME.


        It is important to use the HTTPS or Git protocol instead of a SCP-style SSH URL. Business Central does not support the basic SSH URL and fails with Invalid URL format.

    3. If applicable, enter the User Name and Password of your Git account to be used for authentication.
  4. Click Clone.

    A confirmation prompt with the notification that the repository was created successfully is displayed.

  5. Click Ok.

    The repository is now being indexed. Some workbench features may be unavailable until the indexing has completed.

You can view the cloned repository either in the File Explorer or the Project Explorer.

Cloning a Repository Using the REST API

Note that only users with the rest-all role can clone repositories.

To clone a repository, issue the POST REST API call. This call creates or clones (according to the value of the requestType parameter) the repository defined by the JSON entity.

Input parameter of the call is a RepositoryRequest instance. The call returns a CreateOrCloneRepositoryRequest instance.

Example 3.3. Cloning a Repository Using the Curl Utility

Example JSON entity containing details of a repository to be cloned:

	"name"                   : "clonedRepository",
	"description"            :  null,
	"requestType"            : "clone",
	"gitURL"                 : "git://localhost:9418/newRepository",
	"organizationalUnitName" : "helloWorldUnit"

Execute the following command:

curl -X POST 'localhost:8080/business-central/rest/repositories/' -u USERNAME:PASSWORD -H 'Accept: application/json' -H 'Content-Type: application/json' -d '{"name":"clonedRepository","description":null,"requestType":"clone","gitURL":"git://localhost:9418/newRepository","organizationalUnitName":"helloWorldUnit"}'

For further information, see the Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite Development Guide, chapter Knowledge Store REST API, section Repository Calls.