View estimated size of GitHub repository before cloning

by Vi0   Last Updated January 13, 2018 14:03 PM

I want to view the total repo size of a project hosted on GitHub without having to clone it. Sometimes I do this:

  1. Start cloning some GitHub repository

    Receiving objects: 45% (218/476), 5.50 MiB | 27 KiB/s

    Already drained 5MB? Suspend...

  2. Clone the repository on a server with a normal internet connection just to see its size.

  3. Continue (or abort) the local cloning.

How do I find out the repository size in advance? In the search I see repository size, but not in other places.

Tags : github

Answers 3

Using Github API:

$ echo | perl -ne 'print $1 if m!([^/]+/[^/]+?)(?:\.git)?$!' | xargs -i curl -s -k'{}' | grep size
"size": 284,
January 27, 2013 17:49 PM

Use Google Chrome browser and install this extension

Adds the repo size to the home page:

GitHub Repo Size extension screenshot

February 07, 2017 15:33 PM

You can use this add-on for Firefox.

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January 13, 2018 13:53 PM

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