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How to download repository as zip file using the API


I've been able to successfully authenticate and use other areas of the 2.0 API and now I need to use the API do the equivalent of the "Download repository" link on the "Downloads" section in the UI.  I just need a copy of the files, not a clone of the complete repository.

Using the 2.0 API I have the following:{username}/{repository}/downloads

I can successfully use the call above but it returns the data below, implying there aren't any downloads.

{"pagelen": 10, "values": [], "page": 1, "size": 0}

  What do I need to do to get a zip of all of the files in the repository?  Thanks.

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Ana Retamal
Atlassian Team
Atlassian Team members are employees working across the company in a wide variety of roles.
Aug 21, 2018

Hi Brian, welcome to the Community!

That string will return a list of download links associated with the repository, that means any other files you have uploaded to that section but not the source of the repo itself. As a picture is worth a thousand words:

- No downloads to show (although the link to download the repo is there)

Screen Shot 2018-08-21 at 14.52.20.png

- Downloads to be shown (I added a few files to the list)Screen Shot 2018-08-21 at 14.53.29.png


To download the zip with a copy of the files from your repo, you can use the following:<username>/<repo-name>/get/

Hope that helps!


Caterina Curti
Atlassian Team
Atlassian Team members are employees working across the company in a wide variety of roles.
Sep 05, 2023

As a follow-up to the above, here is an example using curl:


curl --request GET \
--url<workspace>/<repo_slug>/get/<default_branch>.zip \
-u <username>:<app_password> \


Please note the following:

default_branch: the value has to match the default/main branch for the repository. Other branch or tag names can be used as well as a commit hash.

- username: the username is the Bitbucket one as available in the page. It doesn't contain the email domain, just the username. 

- app_password: the example uses an app password for the authentication. Other authentication methods (e.g. Access tokens provided as Bearer tokens or basic authentication are not supported)


This is not an official REST API endpoint and could change without any notice.




Inside a zip file with source of branch we have additional top level. How i can get zip file with same stricture as repository? Or probably i can provide a start path as a parameter(--prefix in git archive)?

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