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git-fuzzy

A CLI interface to git that relies heavily on fzf (version 0.21.0 or higher).

You can run git add and git reset by selecting or cursoring. You can commit interactively.

status manager

You can search the diff from the query bar and the RHS diff will be highlighted accordingly.

diff viewer

Search the log and corresponding diff at once. Notice that when you use | the left hand side is sent to log while the right hand side is sent to diff.

log viewer

Installing

fzf is required:

brew install fzf

Bash

git clone https://github.com/bigH/git-fuzzy.git

# add the executable to your path
echo "export PATH=\"$(pwd)/git-fuzzy/bin:\$PATH\"" >> ~/.bashrc

Zsh

git clone https://github.com/bigH/git-fuzzy.git

# add the executable to your path
echo "export PATH=\"$(pwd)/git-fuzzy/bin:\$PATH\"" >> ~/.zshrc

Alternatively, you can use a plugin manager:

Antibody

Update your .zshrc file with the following line:

antibody bundle bigH/git-fuzzy path:bin kind:path

Znap

Run the following on the command line:

znap install bigH/git-fuzzy

zplug

zplug "bigH/git-fuzzy", as:command, use:"bin/git-fuzzy"

zinit

zinit ice as"program" pick"bin/git-fuzzy"
zinit light bigH/git-fuzzy

Fish

git clone https://github.com/bigH/git-fuzzy.git

# add the executable to your path
echo "set -x PATH (pwd)\"/git-fuzzy/bin:\$PATH\"" >> ~/.config/fish/config.fish

Usage

Simply install and run git fuzzy and you can begin using the menu.

Supported sub-commands:

  • git fuzzy status (or git fuzzy -> status)

    Interact with staged and unstaged changes.

  • git fuzzy branch (or git fuzzy -> branch)

    Search for, checkout and look at branches.

  • git fuzzy log (or git fuzzy -> log)

    Look for commits in git log. Typing in the search simply filters in the usual fzf style.

  • git fuzzy reflog (or git fuzzy -> reflog)

    Look for entries in git reflog. Typing in the search simply filters in the usual fzf style.

  • git fuzzy stash (or git fuzzy -> stash)

    Look for entries in git stash. Typing in the search simply filters in the usual fzf style.

  • git fuzzy diff (or git fuzzy -> diff)

    Interactively select diff subjects. Drilling down enables searching through diff contents in a diff browser.

  • git fuzzy pr (or git fuzzy -> pr)

    Interactively select and open/diff GitHub pull requests.

Useful Information

All items from the menu can be accessed via the CLI by running git fuzzy <command>. Many of the commands simply pass on additional CLI args to the underlying commands. (e.g. git fuzzy diff a b -- XYZ uses the args you provided in the listing and preview)

Any time git command output is used in preview or listing, there is a header with the command run (useful for copy-pasting or just knowing what's happening). You can optionally enable debugging switches to see other commands being run in the background or how commands are routed.

Customizing

For the ideal experience, install the following optional tools to your PATH:

  • delta or diff-so-fancy for nicer looking diffs
  • bat for a colorized alternative to cat
  • exa for a git-enabled, and better colorized alternative to ls

git fuzzy diff uses grep to highlight your search term. The default may clash with diff formatting or just not be to your liking. You can configure git fuzzy without affecting the global setting.

export GF_GREP_COLOR='1;30;48;5;15'

If provided, GF_PREFERRED_PAGER is used as a way to decorate diffs. Otherwise, diff-so-fancy, then delta are tried before using raw diffs. Remember to adequately quote this value as it's subject to string splitting.

export GF_PREFERRED_PAGER="delta --theme=gruvbox --highlight-removed -w __WIDTH__"

If present, bat is used for highlighting. You can choose different defaults in git fuzzy if you so desire.

# set them for `git fuzzy` only
export GF_BAT_STYLE=changes
export GF_BAT_THEME=zenburn

# OR set these globally for all `bat` instances
export BAT_STYLE=changes
export BAT_THEME=zenburn

You may often want to use a different branch and remote to use as your "merge-base" in git fuzzy. The default is origin/main.

export GF_BASE_REMOTE=upstream
export GF_BASE_BRANCH=trunk

FOOTGUN: If you work in a repository that's changed it's default HEAD (e.g. from master to main) since your initial clone, you may need to run git remote set-head <remote name> <branch name>. Use git symbolic-ref -q "refs/remotes/<remote name>/HEAD" to check what the current value is.

For some repos, it can be useful to turn off the remote branch listing in git fuzzy branch. By default, git fuzzy displays remote branches.

# any non-empty value will result in skipping remotes (including 'no')
export GF_BRANCH_SKIP_REMOTE_BRANCHES="yes"

You may want the diff search to behave differently in git fuzzy diff (this doesn't apply to log or any other command that uses diff). The query will be quoted by fzf and provided as the next argument. In the default case, that means -G <query>. The default is -G.

export GF_DIFF_SEARCH_DEFAULTS="--pickaxe-regex -S"

You may want custom formats for your log and/or reflog experience. This is hidden from the command headers to save room and enable freedom in formatting parameters. Remember to adequately quote this value as it's subject to string splitting. If you have trouble quoting formats, you can use a pretty format alias (see man git-config) The default is --pretty=oneline --abbrev-commit.

# for `git fuzzy log`
export GF_LOG_MENU_PARAMS='--pretty="%Cred%h%Creset -%C(yellow)%d%Creset %s %Cgreen(%cr) %C(bold blue)<%an>%Creset" --topo-order'

# for `git fuzzy reflog`
export GF_REFLOG_MENU_PARAMS='--pretty=fuzzyformat'

You can also configure various git commands' default args in various contexts. This is hidden from the command headers to save room and enable freedom in formatting parameters. Remember to adequately quote this value as it's subject to string splitting. These are not set by default.

# when diffing with branches or commits for preview
export GF_DIFF_COMMIT_PREVIEW_DEFAULTS="--patch-with-stat"

# when diffing with branches or commits for preview
export GF_DIFF_COMMIT_RANGE_PREVIEW_DEFAULTS="--summary"

# when diffing individual files
export GF_DIFF_FILE_PREVIEW_DEFAULTS="--indent-heuristic"

If you use vertical terminals/windows often, you may want to configure the threshold for switching to a vertical view. This ratio is calculated by running "__WIDTH__ / __HEIGHT__ > $GF_VERTICAL_THRESHOLD". This is calculated using GNU bc. The default is 2.0.

export GF_VERTICAL_THRESHOLD="1.7 * __HEIGHT__ / 80"

You can also configure how the size of the preview window is calculated. They're calculated using GNU bc. Try using Desmos to tweak the calculation. The defaults are more complex than shown below.

# use __WIDTH__ for horizontal scenarios
export GF_HORIZONTAL_PREVIEW_PERCENT_CALCULATION='max(50, min(80, 100 - (7000 / __WIDTH__)))'

# use __HEIGHT__ for horizontal scenarios
export GF_VERTICAL_PREVIEW_PERCENT_CALCULATION='max(50, min(80, 100 - (5000 / __HEIGHT__)))'

In cases where you are using a particularly small terminal, you can configure the following calculations to determine when to hide extraneous things. Note that both defaults use __HEIGHT__, but __WIDTH__ is also available.

# use __HEIGHT__ for horizontal scenarios
export GF_HORIZONTAL_SMALL_SCREEN_CALCULATION='__HEIGHT__ <= 30'

# use __HEIGHT__ for horizontal scenarios
export GF_VERTICAL_SMALL_SCREEN_CALCULATION='__HEIGHT__ <= 60'

You may want to customize the default keyboard shortcuts. There are many configuration options available. Here's an example:

export GIT_FUZZY_STATUS_ADD_KEY='Ctrl-A'

If you are using nano as your default editor, you need to pass /dev/tty as stdin otherwise you may receive an error similar to Too many errors from stdintor to close the file...:

git config --global core.editor 'nano < /dev/tty'

Backups

git fuzzy takes a backup of your current sha, branch, index diff, unstaged diff and new files. This is helpful in case you take an action hastily (like discarding a file you meant to stage) or there is a bug. If you'd like snapshots, simply set the variable below. I have the following entry in my .zshrc (with corresponding .gitignore_global):

export GF_SNAPSHOT_DIRECTORY='.git-fuzzy-snapshots'

Alternatively, if you'd like to avoid having these files in your repo directory, you can simply set the snapshot location like so:

export GF_SNAPSHOT_DIRECTORY="$HOME/.git-fuzzy-snapshots"

bc Usage

bc programs are all run with some useful functions defined (min and max). If you'd like to add any others, you can do so. This is not set by default.

# defining your own function:
export GF_BC_LIB='my_favorite_variable = 3.14159;'

Project-Specific Settings

git fuzzy sources ./git-fuzzy-config if it's present. You can add the following to your ~/.gitignore_global to avoid having to worry about git picking it up:

.git-fuzzy-config

This file is sourced at the end, so you can build on top of existing or default configurations:

# make the preview bigger, but keep the flexibility
export GF_HORIZONTAL_PREVIEW_PERCENT_CALCULATION='(80 + $GF_HORIZONTAL_PREVIEW_PERCENT_CALCULATION) / 2'

Questions

Why does the UI flash?

execute from the fzf man page states that fzf switches to the alternate screen when executing a command. I've filed this issue, which should enable making the transitions smoother.

Stability & Hacking

I built this for myself and it's working reasonably well.

That being said, I've gone through great pains to polish existing functionality to work pretty nicely. I've made it easy to develop or change features by using debug output to check behavior. All debug output goes to /dev/stderr, so you can hack on this while using it in pipes and in your zsh or bash readline shortcuts.

These variables are considered true if they are non-empty.

# debugging information
export GF_DEBUG_MODE="YES"

# commands run by the program (those without headers)
export GF_COMMAND_DEBUG_MODE="YES"

# fzf commands run by the program
export GF_COMMAND_FZF_DEBUG_MODE="YES"

# log output of commands run by `git fuzzy`
export GF_COMMAND_LOG_OUTPUT="YES"

# log internal commands (pretty noisy)
export GF_INTERNAL_COMMAND_DEBUG_MODE="YES"

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