Question: How many copies of an open source project repository have been saved on a local machine?
A clone is a copy of a repository saved to a local machine.
Note: Many times clone and technical fork are used interchangeably, but there is a difference between the two. A technical fork is a copy of a repository on the same platform, whereas a clone is a copy on a local machine.
The objective of the Clones metric is to ascertain how many copies of a project are downloaded. Analysis of clones may provide insight into the project's popularity and usage.
- Time Period (e.g., clones by week, month, year)
- Partial clones (offered by gitlab https://docs.gitlab.com/ee/topics/git/partial_clone.html#partial-clone)
- What is the difference between forking and cloning a repository?
- What's the difference between a fork and clone?
- [Github API](https://docs.github.com/en/rest/reference/repos#get-repository-clones)
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