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VTK version tracking and development is hosted by Git. Please select a task for further instructions:

Main Tasks:

  • Install Git - Git 1.6.6 or greater is preferred (required for development)

Other Tasks:

The remainder of this page provides reference information and links. It is not intended to provide instructions.


One may browse the repositories online using the Gitweb interface at http://vtk.org/gitweb.

Repository Purpose Access URL
VTK.git Visualization Toolkit clone (git) git://vtk.org/VTK.git
clone (http) http://vtk.org/VTK.git
push (ssh) git@vtk.org:VTK.git (maintainers only)
VTK Gerrit VTK Code Review
fetch (http) http://review.source.kitware.com/p/VTK
push (ssh) ssh://username@review.source.kitware.com/VTK
VTKData.git VTK Testing Data clone (git) git://vtk.org/VTKData.git
clone (http) http://vtk.org/VTKData.git
push (ssh) git@vtk.org:VTKData.git
VTKLargeData.git VTK Large Data clone (git) git://vtk.org/VTKLargeData.git
clone (http) http://vtk.org/VTKLargeData.git
push (ssh) git@vtk.org:VTKLargeData.git
GitHub Mirror https://github.com/Kitware/VTK
Gitorious Mirror https://gitorious.org/kitware/vtk


At the time of this writing the VTK.git repository has the following branches:

  • master: Development (default)
  • release: Maintenance of latest release
  • nightly-master: Follows master, updated at 01:00 UTC
  • hooks: Local commit hooks (place in .git/hooks)

Release branches converted from CVS have been artificially merged into master. Actual releases have tags named by the release version number.