Exporting a Git repo as an archive
I almost always work on projects with a Git repo backing it, even if it's not pushed anywhere and is more for a safer undo/redo functionality.
I've recently been doing some work that's required sending a ZIP of my work, rather than sharing a Git repo.
Although I would usually turn to the GitLab/GitHub UI to export to an archive for me, I remember reading that git-archive command exists, and is in fact used under the hood.
In your Git repo, we can run
git archive to do this for us:
$ git archive origin/main -o archive.zip # or we can be explicit about the file format $ git archive origin/main --format=tgz -o archive.tar.gz # defaults to stdout, beware! $ git archive origin/main > archive.tar