git2rdata: Store and Retrieve Data.frames in a Git Repository

The git2rdata package is an R package for writing and reading dataframes as plain text files. A metadata file stores important information. 1) Storing metadata allows to maintain the classes of variables. By default, git2rdata optimizes the data for file storage. The optimization is most effective on data containing factors. The optimization makes the data less human readable. The user can turn this off when they prefer a human readable format over smaller files. Details on the implementation are available in vignette("plain_text", package = "git2rdata"). 2) Storing metadata also allows smaller row based diffs between two consecutive commits. This is a useful feature when storing data as plain text files under version control. Details on this part of the implementation are available in vignette("version_control", package = "git2rdata"). Although we envisioned git2rdata with a git workflow in mind, you can use it in combination with other version control systems like subversion or mercurial. 3) git2rdata is a useful tool in a reproducible and traceable workflow. vignette("workflow", package = "git2rdata") gives a toy example. 4) vignette("efficiency", package = "git2rdata") provides some insight into the efficiency of file storage, git repository size and speed for writing and reading. Please cite using <doi:10.5281/zenodo.1485309>.

Version: 0.3.1
Depends: R (≥ 3.5.0)
Imports: assertthat, git2r (≥ 0.23.0), methods, yaml
Suggests: ggplot2, knitr, microbenchmark, rmarkdown, spelling, testthat
Published: 2021-01-21
Author: Thierry Onkelinx ORCID iD [aut, cre], Floris Vanderhaeghe ORCID iD [ctb], Peter Desmet ORCID iD [ctb], Els Lommelen ORCID iD [ctb], Research Institute for Nature and Forest [cph, fnd]
Maintainer: Thierry Onkelinx <thierry.onkelinx at>
License: GPL-3
NeedsCompilation: no
Language: en-GB
Materials: README NEWS
CRAN checks: git2rdata results


Reference manual: git2rdata.pdf
Vignettes: Efficiency Relative to Storage and Time
Getting Started Storing Dataframes as Plain Text
Storing Large Dataframes
Optimizing Storage for Version Control
Suggested Workflow for Storing a Variable Set of Dataframes under Version Control
Package source: git2rdata_0.3.1.tar.gz
Windows binaries: r-devel:, r-release:, r-oldrel:
macOS binaries: r-release: git2rdata_0.3.1.tgz, r-oldrel: git2rdata_0.3.1.tgz
Old sources: git2rdata archive


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