Monotone – distributed version control system

Monotone is a free, distributed version control system. It provides fully disconnected operation, manages complete tree versions, keeps its state in a local transactional database, supports overlapping branches and extensible metadata, uses an efficient peer-to-peer network protocol, performs history-sensitive merging, and delegates trust functions to client-side RSA certificates.

Monotone is especially strong in its support of a diverge/merge workflow, which it achieves in part by always allowing commit before merge.

Revisions are exchanged using the custom netsync protocol which shares some conceptual ground with rsync and cvsup.

Features include:

  • Distributed approach to version control.
  • Uses SHA-1 hashes to identify specific files or groups of files, as with Git and Mercurial, in the place of version numbers.
  • Import CVS projects.
  • Signing of revisions using RSA certificates.
  • Easy to learn, due to a command set similar to that of CVS.
  • Professional documentation.
  • Good support for internationalization and localization.
  • Portable design, implemented in C++.

Website: www.monotone.ca
Support: Documentation
Developer: Graydon Hoare, Nathaniel Smith and many contributors
License: GNU GPL v2

Monotone is written in C++. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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