Creating a project is as easy as initializing a repository in Git. In the Upstream client, you can create a project from scratch or from an existing repository. Creating a project on Upstream will publish it to the Radicle network, making it available to any of your connected peers.
Starting a new project
When starting a new project from scratch, choose
Create from a new repository
in the Start a new project modal. This will prompt you to choose a location
on your machine for the repository to be created. At the moment, projects can
only be created through the Upstream client.
This will initalize a Git repository (with the name you've given it) in the location you choose and publish it to the Radicle network. Note, when a project is published to the network, it will be able to be replicated by any connected peers.
Publishing an existing project
If you have a repository that you'd like to publish to the network, choose the
Create from an existing repository in the Start a new project modal. This
will allow you to choose the repository and its configured default branch. All
branches present when you add the repository will be published.
The name of the project on the network will be taken from the name of the repository.
⚠️ On project creation, all branches that have a local head will be
published. You can see what branches will be published by running
git branch -a.
To see if your project was published correctly, you can search for it on the Radicle seed dashboard. If it has been correctly replicated by the seed, you will be able to see it under the Projects section of the seed dashboard.
How are projects different from repositories?
In Radicle, local Git repositories are published and shared as projects. This is done via the Radicle monorepo on your machine, which pulls in updates to your local working copies and stores them as Git objects. A client (like Radicle Upstream) then publishes changes to your monorepo to Radicle, making it available to your network of connected peers.
Projects contain all files of a Git repository and their revision history, but they also have associated Radicle-speciifc metadata such as a name and description.
Each project carries a unique, shareable peer-to-peer identitifer known as a Radicle ID.
A project also includes the Radicle identities of all its maintainers. Maintainers are people with designated rights over the project's metadata. At this point in time, the person who creates the project in Radicle is considered its sole maintainer, but multiple maintainers will be able to be added in the future.
To read more about how projects are replicated across the Radicle network, head to our How it Works section.