Being mildly paranoid about my data I sometimes worry what would happen to my repositories and gists on GitHub and BitBucket (mid way through drafting this post GitHub went down. Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you!). Luckily both these services provide an API to expose these repositories. Using this API I’ve wrote a simple PHP script to go off and clone the repositories from each of these services.

Ironically this is hosted on GitHub itself.


First grab a copy via github:

git clone

Grab any dependencies (you’ll need a copy of composer):

composer install


Run the script and follow the prompts. You will need your GitHub username, GitHub API token and your BitBucket Username and password.

php Repobackup.php

Your repositories will be stored in a Backups folder split by site and username.