Can a person with Read only access to private repository copy and download the repository?

I want to give someone access to my private repository to just review the code and see it but not copy/download the code.

What access level should I grant?

Can read only access prevent downloading/copying repository?

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Dear Vesh,

The following permission levels and its consequences exist within Bitbucket repositories;

Screenshot from 2017-08-07 09-03-07.png

So, regarding to your question.. yes, people can clone/fork/pull the repository to their local system.

Here a link to the documentation.

Friendly Regards,

Jeremy Mooiman

And does cloning/forking means actual download of the repository to the user's computer/laptop or taking the code away from bitbucket?

What type of access do I grant for person to jest review the code but not download it to their system?

Dear Vesh,

Yes, a user will be able to ''clone'' the repository and thus download a repository to his/her local machine and read the files.

Cloning a repository fork or branch

When you want to work on a project by updating its files or adding new files, you need to make a local clone of the remote Bitbucket repository onto your machine or local network. You do this using the Clone button from the Bitbucket repository. If you forked a repository, you simply clone the fork. If you branched a repository, you clone the repository and checkout the branch.

Friendly Regards,

Jeremy Mooiman

To follow up on your question that I missed during writing my answer; The three permissions;

  • Admin, Write and Read

Will all allow for code to be cloned and thus downloaded to an individual his/her system.

Your request for a user to only review code is practically the same, because some one could still copy code.

Friendly Regards,

Jeremy Mooiman

Jeremy hits the nail on the head: If a user can read code (even without cloning the repo), there is nothing preventing them from using copy & paste to get hold of the entirety of the code after all.



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