git-annex initremote - creates a special (non-git) remote


git annex initremote name type=value [param=value ...]


Creates a new special remote, and adds it to .git/config.

Example Amazon S3 remote:

git annex initremote mys3 type=S3 encryption=hybrid datacenter=EU

Many different types of special remotes are supported by git-annex. For a list and details, see

The remote's configuration is specified by the parameters passed to this command. Different types of special remotes need different configuration values. The command will prompt for parameters as needed.

All special remotes support encryption. You can specify encryption=none to disable encryption, or specify encryption=hybrid keyid=$keyid ... to specify a GPG key id (or an email address associated with a key). For details about ways to configure encryption, see

If you anticipate using the new special remote in other clones of the repository, you can pass "autoenable=true". Then when git-annex-init(1) is run in a new clone, it will attempt to enable the special remote. Of course, this works best when the special remote does not need anything special to be done to get it enabled.

Normally, git-annex generates a new UUID for the new special remote. If you want to, you can specify a UUID for it to use, by passing a uuid=whatever parameter. This can be useful in some situations, eg when the same data can be accessed via two different special remote backends. But if in doubt, don't do this.


  • --fast

    When initializing a remote that uses encryption, a cryptographic key is created. This requires sufficient entropy. If initremote seems to hang or take a long time while generating the key, you may want to Ctrl-c it and re-run with --fast, which causes it to use a lower-quality source of randomness. (Ie, /dev/urandom instead of /dev/random)





Joey Hess

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