git-annex-import(1)         General Commands Manual        git-annex-import(1)

       git-annex-import - move and add files from outside git working copy

       git annex import [path ...]

       Moves files from somewhere outside the git working copy, and adds them
       to the annex. Individual files to import can be specified.  If a
       directory is specified, the entire directory is imported.

        git annex import /media/camera/DCIM/*

       When importing files, there's a possibility of importing a duplicate of
       a file that is already known to git-annex -- its content is either
       present in the local repository already, or git-annex knows of another
       repository that contains it, or it was present in the annex before but
       has been removed now.

       By default, importing a duplicate of a known file will result in a new
       filename being added to the repository, so the duplicate file is
       present in the repository twice. (With all checksumming backends,
       including the default SHA256E, only one copy of the data will be

       Several options can be used to adjust handling of duplicate files.


              Do not delete files from the import location.

              Running with this option repeatedly can import the same files
              into different git repositories, or branches, or different
              locations in a git repository.

              Only import files that are not duplicates; duplicate files will
              be deleted from the import location.

              Only import files that are not duplicates. Avoids deleting any
              files from the import location.

              Does not import any files, but any files found in the import
              location that are duplicates are deleted.

              Imports files that are not duplicates. Files that are duplicates
              have their content reinjected into the annex (similar to git-

              Allow existing files to be overwritten by newly imported files.

              Also, causes .gitignore to not take effect when adding files.

       file matching options
              Many of the git-annex-matching-options(1) can be used to specify
              files to import.

                   git annex import /dir --include='*.png'

       --jobs=N -JN
              Imports multiple files in parallel. This may be faster.  For
              example: -J4

       --json Enable JSON output. This is intended to be parsed by programs
              that use git-annex. Each line of output is a JSON object.

              Messages that would normally be output to standard error are
              included in the json instead.

       Note that using --deduplicate or --clean-duplicates with the WORM
       backend does not look at file content, but filename and mtime.

       If annex.largefiles is configured, and does not match a file, git annex
       import will add the non-large file directly to the git repository,
       instead of to the annex.




       Joey Hess <>