Is it possible to restore data from a deleted but backed up commit file?


One of our developers have found out that they have mistakenly deleted a branch last month where we can find the data file in the backups but do not know how to open or import it.

BitBucket stores all the commits in \Atlassian\ApplicationData\BitBucket\shared\data\repositories\x\objects\y as some 38-character hex-value files - but how can you go about getting data out of them?

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Two possibilities:

  1. One of your cloned git repos might not have yet pruned that branch out of the true history, and so you if you know its original 40-character commit-id, might be able to get the branch back by simply typing "git checkout <commitId>" on a developer workstation.
  2. Grab the entire repo from your backup and copy it to a computer (\Atlassian\ApplicationData\BitBucket\shared\data\repositories\x).  Clone it locally, and jump to the deleted branch:

    git clone \path\to\copy\of\x
    cd x
    git checkout branch
- Regards,

Sylvie Davies
Founder and Software Engineer,

p.s.  I invite you to try my Bitbucket and JIRA add-ons.  Bit-Booster Commit Graph and More (for Bitbucket), and Git Graph for JIRA.
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Yes,  that should be possible.

Restore the repository from backup to some workstation. Clone it locally, set origin back to the server repo, then push the deleted branch. 

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Thank you both so far for your suggestions, we will test them next week.

Edit: Backup branch restored successfully, thank you for your help.

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