Accessing the Chaste source code repository

We offer read-only access to the Chaste repository for anyone. This access is provided with the caveat that the code is always in development (and the develop[ment] branch is not guaranteed to be passing all tests), and we will not be able to provide full support for between-release versions of the code. New users should therefore download one of the source releases, or instructions are given here on how to use git to get a released version. If you want to develop Chaste and contribute back to the project you have to use the develop branch.

The repository uses Git to manage code versioning. You can clone from Git via an IDE plug-in, or by using a command-line client. To create a new directory called Chaste with a copy of the Chaste repository do:

$ git clone -b develop Chaste

Note that this command will setup your local branch to point to the develop branch of the remote repository. There are other options:

Branch What it's for
develop Bleeding-edge development code, new feature (ticket) branches should branch off here to minimise conflicts
passed_continuous latest code that passed continuous tests and isn't disastrous
passed_nightly latest code that passed above tests, plus some longer nightly ones including coverage and memory testing
passed_portability latest code that passed above tests, plus our suite of tests for different dependency versions
master Latest release-candidate quality code that has passed all above tests plus weekly ones
release Latest released code - updated roughly every 6 months
Release Tags Released code for a certain Chaste version (e.g. v3.4), also accessible from with nice instructions!

Which branch you use is up to you, if you are using Chaste for the basis of a paper we'd suggest either using:

  • master --- you might have to wait a few months for an official release, but will get most of the latest features; or
  • release for the latest full release of Chaste. Past releases are all tagged in the git repository, or you can download them from the main Chaste website.

To get the latest release via the source code do the above git clone command then:

cd Chaste
git checkout release

To get a past release via the source code do the above git clone command then:

cd Chaste
git tag

This will list all available release tags. It should be evident which is which and you can get a copy with e.g.

git checkout tags/release_2019.1

Using the wiki

You can also register for a Chaste wiki account (recommended for creating and commenting on tickets of work).

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