Git for IRIS

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Git for IRIS

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Git for IRIS is a Source Control package that aims to facilitate a native integration of the Git workflow with the InterSystems IRIS platform.

Similar to Caché Tortoize Git and Port, it keeps a code directory in sync with the internal packages that can be put under source control with Git. However, it is designed to work as a transparent link between IRIS and Git that, once setup, requires no user interaction.

How it works

Basic principles

  • Server-based: Git for IRIS runs on the IRIS server (not in Studio).
  • Tasks performed in IRIS: Create and edit classes. Nothing else, source control-wise.
  • Tasks performed in Git: git *: commit, push/pull, branch switching, merge.

Change log


  • Fix path error in Utils.cls


  • Update module.xml


  • Classes are now compiled after import.
  • The REST endpoint for the Git hooks (/csp/user/sc) is now secured by an IRIS user and a (randomly generated) password. A new password is generated every time the source control is (re-)activated and the git hooks are installed.


  • Clone repo, build and run the docker image from a terminal window:
git clone
cd git-for-iris
docker build -t git-for-iris:0.2 --cpuset-cpus="0-3" .
docker-compose up -d

The source control output window can be opened by clicking on the second item:


Git for IRIS is used with a Git client. You may use the command line Git client or an IDE like VSCode (optionally with Remote SSH). In this docker example, the git client will be used within the docker image. In the terminal window, run:

docker-compose exec -u 52773 iris-git /bin/bash
cd /opt/iriscode

Usage example

You may now edit some code in IRIS. As an example, go to Interoperability > Business Process Designer and create a new BPL process. Save it in package dc.PackageSample as SampleBPLProcess. Since the dc.PackageSample package is under source control, it will be exported to /opt/iriscode. In the docker terminal, run:

git add .
git commit -m "add new BPL process"

Now let's create a branch:

git checkout -b testing-branch

Back in the BPL editor, make some changes in dc.PackageSample.SampleBPLProcess, like adding a BPL element to it, and save the BPL process.

git commit -a -m "change BPL process"

Now let's switch back to the master branch:

git checkout master

... and refresh the browser window. The BPL will be reverted to the state in master. Switching branches again ...

git checkout testing-branch

... will get the newer version back.

This workflow extends to all other actions in Git, including working with remote repos and pull/merge.

Detailed description


  • Automatic Export: IRIS exports all changes to the code directory upon save and compile.
  • Automatic Import: Git informs IRIS about updates (pull/merge, checkout) via Git hooks, which triggers import of changed classes through a REST endpoint in IRIS.
  • Conflicts: All conflicts are managed through Git.
  • Explicit import/export: Although there are menu items to import and export the classes, no user interaction is required in regular workflows.
  • Git control: IRIS does not execute any Git commands. Instead, Git is used natively through the command line or an IDE (e.g. VSCode with Remote SSH). As a developer, you operate on the code directory as you would on any other development workspace.


  • Configuration: Source control can be configured namespace-wise. Mapping of the Global Git.* among multiple namespaces makes them share the same source control configuration.
  • Git for IRIS is package-based. No projects are supported.
  • For each package and its subpackages, there is an "owner" namespace where exporting and importing happens.
  • Class export format is UDL.

Configuration API

Add global Git.Config with default settings to current namespace:

do ##class(SourceControl.Git.Utils).AddDefaultSettings()

Add/remove package to/from source control:

do ##class(SourceControl.Git.Utils).AddPackageToSourceControl(<package name>, <namespace>)
do ##class(SourceControl.Git.Utils).RemovePackageFromSourceControl(<package name>)

Globally (that is, among all namespaces that share the same ^Git.Config mapping) enable/disable source control synchronization (same as in the Source Control Menu):

do ##class(SourceControl.Git.Utils).SetSourceControlStatus($$$YES / $$$NO)

Enabling source control will install the git hooks and export all classes currently under source control to the code directory. If the code directory has gone out-of-sync in the meantime, IRIS still exports the current internal state of all classes, and potential conflicts shall, by design, be managed through Git (git merge).

TODOs and limitations

Git for IRIS is currently in beta. The core features are implemented and ready to use. Known limitations are:

  • Currently, only classes are supported.
  • UI controls are rudimentary or not implemented yet (add/remove packages from source control, settings).
  • Log output is rather verbose at the moment.
  • Files and classes will not be deleted at the moment.
  • No git hook is available for git stash, so IRIS will not be notified about stashing.


This project is based on Caché Tortoize Git by Alexander Koblov. This project started as a fork of the original project, however, most of the code has been rewritten.

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zpm "install git-for-iris"
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