This document is outdated. Please see Mercurial For Mozillians.
Please refer to Mercurial For Mozillians at ReadTheDocs for current best-practices around Mercurial, including many helpful extra tools and guidelines that make using Mercurial fast and easy.
Mercurial (also known as "hg"), is the distributed version control software used for the development of Firefox, Thunderbird, and the shared Gecko core. It replaced CVS after Mozilla 1.9 was branched.
hg is the Mercurial command-line tool, Hg being the chemical symbol for the element mercury.
Installation, configuration, and getting the source
See Installing Mercurial for installation and configuration tips.
See Getting Mozilla Source Code Using Mercurial for getting a tree to build.
Learning to use Mercurial
If you are new to Mercurial, you should start with the official guide.
See Mercurial Queues for managing queues of patches, and how to integrate Mercurial with Bugzilla.
The Mercurial tag lists the Mercurial-related articles on MDN.
And on wiki.mozilla.org, these helpful pages:
- Using Mercurial locally with CVS, a how-to. (Note that this is only useful for code that's still exclusively in CVS.)
- Mercurial on Windows
- Creating Mercurial User Repositories - If you have a LDAP account that allows you to push to hg.mozilla.org you can also create your own user repositories on the server to share work.