The SuperManifest plugin is for projects that use the ‘repo’ tool to piece together a tree of git repositories. The repo tool reads an XML file that describes the layout of the tree.

The file is usually called default.xml, and the repository is usually called manifest.

Notable projects that use ‘repo’ include the Android Open Source Project.

The plugin will update a superproject to contain the submodules defined in the manifest XML file whenever the manifest repo is changed.


It should be configured by adding supermanifest.config to the All-Projects project. The format for configuration is as follows:

[superproject "submodules:refs/heads/nyc"]
   srcRepo = platforms/manifest
   srcRef = refs/heads/nyc
   srcPath = manifest.xml
   toolType = repo

this configures a repository called submodules to have a branch nyc, for which the contents corresponds to the manifest file manifest.xml on branch refs/heads/nyc in project platforms/manifest.

valid value(s) for toolType right now is repo. It can be left blank to default to repo.

The plugin supports the following options:

  • groups (defaults to default). Sets the groups setting for JGit's RepoCommand

  • recordSubmoduleLabels (defaults to false). Sets recordSubmoduleLabels setting for JGit's RepoCommand

  • ignoreRemoteFailures = true (defaults to false). Sets ignoreRemoteFailures. Setting it true will cause repos that are not accessible to be ignored.

For the destination branch, you may also specify refs/heads/* to copy all branches in the manifest repository. In this case the srcRef field is not required (it will be ignored if present).

Branches that match the srcRef can still be skipped with the exclude option. Its value is a comma-separated list of refs or ref patterns. Both of them fully qualified (i.e. with the refs/heads/ prefix). Note that git ref patterns allow only one ‘*’.

[superproject "submodules:refs/heads/*"]
   srcRepo = platforms/manifest
   srcPath = manifest.xml
   exclude = refs/heads/ignoreme, refs/heads/*-release, refs/heads/auto-*

This plugin bypasses visibility restrictions, so edits to the manifest repo can be used to reveal existence of hidden repositories or branches.


Users that have the administrateServer permission may simulate an update to the manifest repository. This is useful for debugging, and provides diagnostics that are otherwise written into the server logs. To do so, issue the following call

curl -X POST


There is also support for the Jiri manifest file used in the Fuchsia OS.

[superproject "submodules:refs/heads/master"]
   srcRepo = platforms/manifest
   srcRef = refs/heads/master
   srcPath = manifest.xml
   toolType = jiri

TODO(anmittal): provide more documentation.