git-annex fromkey - adds a file using a specific key


git annex fromkey [key file ...]


This plumbing-level command can be used to manually set up a file in the git repository to link to a specified key.

Multiple pairs of file and key can be given in a single command line.

If no key and file pair are specified on the command line, batch input is used, the same as if the --batch option were specified.

Normally the key is a git-annex formatted key. However, to make it easier to use this to add urls, if the key cannot be parsed as a key, and is a valid url, an URL key is constructed from the url. Note that this does not register the url as a location of the key; use git-annex-registerurl(1) to do that.


  • --force

    Allow making a file link to a key whose content is not in the local repository. The key may not be known to git-annex at all.

  • --batch

    In batch input mode, lines are read from stdin, and each line should contain a key and filename, separated by a single space.

  • -z

    When in batch mode, the input is delimited by nulls instead of the usual newlines.

    (Note that for this to be used, you have to explicitly enable batch mode with --batch)

  • --json

    Enable JSON output. This is intended to be parsed by programs that use git-annex. Each line of output is a JSON object.

  • Also the git-annex-common-options(1) can be used.




Joey Hess

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