ITK version tracking and development is hosted by Git.
Quick Start Guide
There is a quick start guide to getting up and running with ITK development. This does not go into any of the background, and makes use of simple Git aliases to simplify operations such as staging topic branches and pushing changes to Gerrit for review.
These instructions assume a command prompt is available with
git in the path.
See our Git download instructions for help installing Git.
Clone ITK using the command
$ git clone git://itk.org/ITK.git
If your institution's firewall blocks the Git port for outgoing connections you may see an error similar to:
Initialized empty Git repository in C:/abc/ITK/.git/itk.org[0: 18.104.22.168]: errno=No such file or directory fatal: unable to connect a socket (No such file or directory)
In that case, see below.
If you want to run tests, add the
--recursive option to download the
$ git clone --recursive git://itk.org/ITK.git
This requires Git 1.6.5 or higher. If you do not have it, see below.
All further commands work inside the local copy of the repository created by the clone:
$ cd ITK
If you already cloned and want to add the
Testing/Data submodule then run
$ git submodule update --init
For ITKApps, use the url
If you have made no local commits and simply want to update your clone with the latest changes, run
$ git pull $ git submodule update
If you know you do not have the
Testing/Data submodule checked out then you can skip the submodule update command.
At the time of this writing the repository has the following branches:
- master: Development (default)
- release: Release maintenance
- nightly-master: Follows master, updated at 01:00 UTC
- hooks: Local commit hooks (place in .git/hooks)
- dashboard: Dashboard script (see below)
Release branches converted from CVS have been artificially merged into master. Actual releases have tags named by the release version number.
After cloning your local repository will be configured to follow the upstream master branch by default. One may create a local branch to track another upstream branch using git checkout:
$ git checkout -b release origin/release
As a shortcut with Git >= 1.6.5 one may choose a branch during the initial clone:
$ git clone -b release git://itk.org/ITK.git ITKRel
ITK development uses a branchy workflow based on topic branches. Currently we use a single master integration branch for development and one release branch for release maintenance.
Our collaboration workflow consists of three main steps:
- Create Topics: Develop Locally
- Share Topics: Code Review with Gerrit
- Integrate Topics: Merge using Topic Stage
We provide here a brief introduction to local ITK development with Git. See the Resources page for further information such as Git tutorials. Configuration for local development described below can quickly be achieved by executing the Utilities/SetupForDevelopment.sh script.
These steps are a one-time setup per-user per-machine.
We require all commits in ITK to record valid author/committer name and email information. Use git config to introduce yourself to Git:
$ git config --global user.name "Your Name" $ git config --global user.email "email@example.com"
Note that "Your Name" is your real name (e.g. "John Doe", not "jdoe"). While you're at it, optionally enable color output from Git commands:
$ git config --global color.ui auto
If less displays strange characters and no color, your LESS environment variable may already be set. You can override the less options with:
$ git config --global core.pager "less -FXRS"
--global option stores the configuration settings in
~/.gitconfig in your home directory so that they apply to all repositories.
Create a local clone of the repository to get a work tree for local development. See instructions above.
This step should be done once for each local clone of the ITK repository.
The Utilities/SetupForDevelopment.sh script will install and configure the hooks.
If you forget this step instructions will be printed on the first attempt to "
The hooks branch provides local commit hooks to be placed in
It is shared by many
public.kitware.com repositories. To setup or update the Git hooks, run the script
This script will setup the hooks and configure the KWStyle and uncrustify pre-commit hooks. The KWStyle hook is enabled by default while the uncrustify hook must be enabled manually. See the general hooks information page for details.
Develop locally on a well-named topic branch:
$ git checkout -b my-cool-feature origin/master $ edit files $ git add files $ git commit
Use the editor to enter a descriptive message (leave the message blank to abort the commit). Start with a one-line summary (suitable for use as an email subject line), then leave a blank line, then use free-form paragraph text to describe the change.
We use Gerrit Code Review to perform online code reviews. See these pages for details:
Once a change is reviewed and approved in Gerrit, an ITK developer with access to the upstream repository must integrate the change using the ITK Topic Stage, covered in the following.
We provide a "ITK Topic Stage" repository to which developers may publish arbitrary topic branches and request automatic merges.
The topic stage URLs are
http://itk.org/stage/ITK.git(clone, fetch, gitweb)
See our Topic Stage Workflow documentation for general instructions.
(Currently ITK does not have a next branch. Just skip that part of the instructions and merge directly to master.)
When accessing the ITK stage, one may optionally substitute
ssh firstname.lastname@example.org stage ITK ..."
ssh email@example.com stage <repo> ..."
in the ssh command-line interface.
|Stage Usage Summary|
$ git remote add stage git://itk.org/stage/ITK.git $ git config remote.stage.pushurl firstname.lastname@example.org:stage/ITK.git
Fetch Staged Topics:
$ git fetch stage --prune
Create Local Topic:
$ git checkout -b topic-name origin/master $ edit files $ git commit
Stage Current Topic:
$ git push stage HEAD
Print Staged Topics:
$ ssh email@example.com stage ITK print
Merge Staged Topic:
$ ssh firstname.lastname@example.org stage ITK merge topic-name
Note that the stage implementation is not ITK-specific and is used for other projects too. If the merge attempt conflicts it may print instructions for performing the merge manually. Ignore these instructions; you will not be able to push the merge commit directly. Instead, identify the commit that conflicts with yours, merge it into your topic locally, push the topic to the stage again, and then repeat the merge request.
Release Bug Fix
Bug fixes should be developed directly on the latest release for which they are intended. Follow the above Workflow, but when you get to the Local Commits step, start work from the release branch instead:
$ git checkout -b my-bug-fix origin/release $ edit files $ git add files $ git commit
This topic (my-bug-fix) is built on top of the release branch and so it represents the "release+fix" version. From this point forward the topic should be treated like any other change. Contribute it to be merged directly to master. Continue normally to Code Review:
$ git push gerrit HEAD:refs/for/master/my-bug-fix
Once the code review step is done and the fix has been merged to master, post a message to the insight-developers mailing list to ask the release manager to merge the fix to the release branch. Since the work was based on the release branch and the "release+fix" version is already available it is trivial for the release manager to merge without bringing in any other changes from master.
Authorized developers may publish work directly to
itk.org/ITK.git using Git's SSH protocol.
To request access, fill out the Kitware Password form.
See the push instructions for details.
For ITK, configure the push URL:
git config remote.origin.pushurl email@example.com:ITK.git
For ITKApps, configure the push URL:
git config remote.origin.pushurl firstname.lastname@example.org:ITKApps.git
The itk.org repository has an
When someone tries to push changes to the repository it checks the commits as documented here.
Contributions of bug fixes and features are commonly produced by the community. Patches are a convenient method for managing such contributions.
One may send patches to one of our mailing lists:
See our patch instructions for details.
In the ITK.git repository,
Testing/Data is not really a directory.
It is a submodule, meaning that its content does not actually appear in ITK.git, but in the ITKData.git repository.
In ITK.git Git stores in the
Testing directory an entry called "
Data" that refers to a commit from the ITKData repository.
Indeed, one can see this using a low-level "
git ls-tree" command:
$ git ls-tree -r 9ec7c03d -- Testing/Data 160000 commit bc9550f3215104818f0464fd6ede7c8ea3462aeb Testing/Data ^^^^^^^^
We can view this commit from ITKData.git: http://itk.org/gitweb?p=ITKData.git;a=commitdiff;h=bc9550f3.
This approach allows us to keep the bulky data out of the main repository and version it separately. Every version of ITK throughout history refers to the exact version of ITKData that it needs using this submodule link.
One can think of the
Testing/Data entry in ITK's tree kind of like a file that tells Git which version of ITKData.git we want.
If we want to change the version of ITKData.git to which we refer from ITK (perhaps because we've created a new commit in ITKData with some updated images), we commit a change to ITK that updates the Testing/Data "file" to refer to the new version.
First, make the changes to ITK needed to use the new data correctly:
$ git checkout -b my-new-test origin/master $ git submodule update $ edit files
Then, make the change to Testing/Data and publish it:
$ cd Testing/Data $ git checkout master $ git pull --rebase origin master $ edit data-files $ git add -- data-files $ git commit $ git config remote.origin.pushurl email@example.com:ITKData.git $ git push origin master $ cd ../..
Finally, update ITK to reference the new version of ITKData.
Our work tree already has the new version checked out in
Testing/Data so we just need to tell Git to include this change in the next commit.
$ git add -- Testing/Data
The commit may also include the files edited above to use the new data:
$ git add -- files $ git commit
Now publish the ITK commits as you would any other topic.
The dashboard branch contains a dashboard client helper script. Use these commands to track it:
$ mkdir -p ~/Dashboards/ITKScripts $ cd ~/Dashboards/ITKScripts $ git init $ git remote add -t dashboard origin git://itk.org/ITK.git $ git pull origin
itk_common.cmake script contains setup instructions in its top comments.
Update the dashboard branch to get the latest version of this script by simply running
$ git pull origin
Firewall Blocks Port 9418
Some institutions have firewalls that block Git's native protocol port 9418.
Use the "
url.<base>.insteadOf" configuration option to map git URLs to http:
$ git config --global url.http://itk.org/.insteadOf git://itk.org/
This tells Git to translate URLs under the hood by replacing prefixes.
After running these commands once in your home directory then you can just use the "
git://" mentioned elsewhere on this page and git will use the http protocol automagically.
Git Below 1.6.5
To clone ITK using Git 1.6.4 or lower, use the commands
$ git clone git://itk.org/ITK.git $ cd ITK $ git submodule init $ git submodule update
The remote end hung up unexpectedly
git push fails with
fatal: The remote end hung up unexpectedly
check that you set the pushurl with "
See the push instructions.
If you suspect your ssh key may not be configured correctly, see the authentication test instructions.
Tips and Tricks for using Git and Gerrit can be found here. Feel free to add your own!
Additional information about Git may be obtained at sites listed here.