Configuring Branches

Last update: 2022-07-07
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Learn how to set up your first branch in git and how it is used by the CI/CD pipeline to deploy your application code.

Setting Up Your First Branch in Git

A single, initially empty, git repository is provisioned for each program onboarded in Cloud Manager. This repository can contain as many branches as your development process requires, but there must be at least one branch which is used by the CI/CD pipeline to deploy application code to stage and production. The best practice is to use main as the name of this branch. Conveniently, this is the default behavior of git clients when setting up new projects.

For example, when setting up a new project, you will run a set of commands similar to the following.

$ git init
Initialized empty Git repository in /Users/myname/workspace/new-project/.git/
... steps which add Maven build files and source code ...
$ git add pom.xml core/pom.xml core/src ui.apps/pom.xml ui.apps/src
$ git commit -m "initial commit"
 19 files changed, 777 insertions(+)
 create mode 100644 core/pom.xml
 create mode 100644 pom.xml
 create mode 100644 ui.apps/pom.xml
 create mode 100644 ui.apps/src/main/content/META-INF/vault/config.xml
 create mode 100644 ui.apps/src/main/content/META-INF/vault/definition/.content.xml
 create mode 100644 ui.apps/src/main/content/META-INF/vault/filter.xml
 create mode 100644 ui.apps/src/main/content/META-INF/vault/nodetypes.cnd
 create mode 100644 ui.apps/src/main/content/META-INF/vault/properties.xml
 create mode 100644 ui.apps/src/main/content/jcr_root/apps/my-aem-project/install/.vltignore
 create mode 100644 ui.apps/src/main/content/jcr_root/conf/.content.xml
 create mode 100644 ui.apps/src/main/content/jcr_root/conf/my-aem-project/.content.xml
 create mode 100644 ui.apps/src/main/content/jcr_root/conf/my-aem-project/settings/.content.xml
 create mode 100644 ui.apps/src/main/content/jcr_root/conf/my-aem-project/settings/wcm/.content.xml
 create mode 100644 ui.apps/src/main/content/jcr_root/conf/my-aem-project/settings/wcm/policies/.content.xml
 create mode 100644 ui.apps/src/main/content/jcr_root/conf/my-aem-project/settings/wcm/policies/_rep_policy.xml
 create mode 100644 ui.apps/src/main/content/jcr_root/conf/my-aem-project/settings/wcm/template-types/.content.xml
 create mode 100644 ui.apps/src/main/content/jcr_root/conf/my-aem-project/settings/wcm/template-types/_rep_policy.xml
 create mode 100644 ui.apps/src/main/content/jcr_root/conf/my-aem-project/settings/wcm/templates/.content.xml
 create mode 100644 ui.apps/src/main/content/jcr_root/conf/my-aem-project/settings/wcm/templates/_rep_policy.xml

Its not a requirement to use the command-line client. There are a variety of graphical git clients available either as standalone applications or as part of an integrated development environment (IDE) such as Eclipse or IntelliJ. As long as the client application supports git using HTTPS, it should be compatible with Cloud Manager.

Pushing Your First Branch

Once you have committed at least one revision, you can add the Cloud Manager repository as a remote and then push your commits to it.

$ git remote add adobe <url>
$ git push adobe master
Counting objects: 36, done.
Delta compression using up to 8 threads.
Compressing objects: 100% (27/27), done.
Writing objects: 100% (36/36), 7.31 KiB | 1.83 MiB/s, done.
Total 36 (delta 6), reused 0 (delta 0)
To <url>
 * [new branch]      main -> main

The specific URL, along with your credentials, will be provided to your by your Customer Success Engineering during Cloud Manager onboarding.

Additional Branches

A single main branch may suffice for very simple projects, but in most cases, a more complex branching strategy will be required. Many customers follow a process where day-to-day development activities are performed on a branch called develop and the develop branch is merged into the main branch when it is time for a deployment.


To view common git commands, see the Git Cheat Sheet.

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