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bit is an experimental modernized git CLI built on top of git that provides happy defaults and other niceties:

  • command and flag suggestions to help you navigate the plethora of options git provides you
  • autocompletion for files and branch names when using bit add or bit checkout
  • automatic fetch and branch fast-forwarding reducing the likelihood of merge conflicts
  • suggestions work with git aliases
  • new commands like bit sync that vastly simplify your workflow
  • commands from git-extras such as bit release & bit info
  • fully compatible with git allowing you to fallback to git if need be.
  • get insight into how bit works using bit --debug.

--- New ---

  • bit pr view and checkout pull requests from Github (Requires GitHub CLI)
  • easily update bit using bit update
  • single binary
  • much more suggestions available! (Roughly 10x more)
  • Install with homebrew & macports
  • Interactive prompt with env variable: BIT_INTERACTIVE=true

--- Coming Soon ---

  • bit anticipates when you'll need to type git status and will display it proactively
  • bit fix for all the times you did something you really wish you didn't
  • improved bit sync
  • QOL improvements when switching branches or deleting tags


Click here for installation instructions


run bit update


  • BIT_THEME=inverted
  • BIT_THEME=monochrome
Common commands at your finger tips


Commit, bump a tag and push with a single command


Instant git statistics and config information


Bit specific command Usage

Create a new commit (roughly equivalent to git commit -am "commit message")

bit save [commit message]

Save your changes to the current branch [amends current commit when ahead of origin] (roughly equivalent to git commit -a or conditionally git commit -a --amend --no-edit)

bit save

Synchronize your changes to origin branch (Beta) (roughly equivalent to git pull -r; git push)

bit sync

(roughly equivalent to git pull -r; git push; git pull -r origin master; git push) bit sync origin master

You have access to ALL git commands as well.

bit commit -m "I can still use git commands", bit pull -r origin master

Example Workflow

bit switch example-branch Branch does not exist. Do you want to create it? Y/n


Switched to a new branch 'example-branch'

[Makes some changes]

bit save "add important feature"

for multiline commits simply don't put the final quote until you're done typing

[fix an error for important feature]

bit save

[push changes to origin]

bit sync

[two days later confirm your branch is in sync with origin branch]

bit sync

[rebase your changes from origin master]

bit sync origin master


If you would like to support the development of bit, consider sponsoring me.


  1. Think in the age of the cloud
  2. Embed the spirit of modern day workflows
  3. Favor simplicity over complexity
  4. Bit should have happy defaults
  5. Bit must be fully compatible with Git


Thanks to Gitless, git-extras, researchers in the field and of course the developers of git itself! Also, thanks to go-prompt for the interactive prompt library




  • enhancement: add bit sw as alias for bit switch
  • fix: bit save will amend commits only when the commit doesn't exist in any other branch v1.1
  • enhancement: enable interactive prompt (keep bit running) with env variable: BIT_INTERACTIVE=true


  • enhancement: significantly more autocompletions
  • enhancement: use fuzzy search for branch suggestions
  • refactor: completions now represented in tree data structure
  • fix: bit save no longer shows debug error outside debug mode
  • fix: use --is-inside-work-tree to determine whether inside a git repo
  • fix: gracefully handle bad release tags for bit release bump
  • fix: bit pr not listing PR in some cases
  • security: fix vuln on Windows where an exe in a malicious repository could run arbitrary code. Special thanks to RyotaK - for identifying this issue


  • enhancement: improve bit sync behavior including bit sync <upstream> <branch>
  • enhancement: bit sync provides a rebase option for diverged branches`
  • fix: enable compatibility with non-english languages
  • enhancement: bit merge suggestions


  • feature: checkout Pull Requests from github (requires gh pr list to work)
  • enhancement: install with homebrew: brew install bit-git
  • enhancement: Color themes BIT_THEME=inverted or BIT_THEME=monochrome light terminal backgrounds
  • fix: bit clone outside a git repo
  • enhancement: bit is now a single binary


  • feature: update your cli with bit update


  • fix: improved git compatibility for older versions of git
  • feature: emacs key binds
  • feature: relative and absolute branch times
  • feature: completions for rebase & log
  • enhancement: smarter suggestions
  • fix: show proper descriptions for some flags
  • fix: prevent panic on classical tab completion for some users


  • bit switch, bit co, bit checkout will show prompt
  • fix bit tab completion (bitcomplete)
  • fix edge case where there is an invalid ref
  • various minor fixes
  • more completions
  • better suggestion filtering
  • absolute and relative times for branch suggestions


  • multiline support with Go Survey Library
  • color mitigation to have roughly similar colors across OSs
  • fix README go get installation instructions
  • QOL improvements for bit sync

How to uninstall

go binaries are self-contained so uninstalling simply requires deleting the binary(ies)

rm `which bit`

If you ran bit complete optionally remove a line from your bash_profile, .zshrc etc.

complete -o nospace -C /Users/{_USER_}/go/bin/bit bit

How to install

using cURL (Simplest way to install)

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curl -sf | sh;
bit complete;
echo "Type bit then press <ENTER> to show interactive prompt"

To overwrite installation location

export PREFIX=/opt/bit/git && mkdir -p ${PREFIX} ## optional: override default install location /usr/local/bin

bit, bit checkout & bit switch will show interactive prompts after you press ENTER

using go

Caveats: GOPATH and GOBIN need to be set. Verify with go env. If they are not set, add this to your .bashrc or .bash_profile etc. AND open new terminal

export GOPATH=$HOME/go
export GOBIN=$(go env GOPATH)/bin
go install;
bit complete

using Homebrew (For MacOS users)

brew install bit-git
bit complete

Not working? Try brew doctor

using MacPorts (For MacOS users)

sudo port selfupdate
sudo port install bit

using go (For Windows Users)

go env -w GO111MODULE=on

# if latest is not working, replace it with the latest tag found here
go get; 

using Chocolatey (For Windows Users)

choco install bit-git

using zinit

zinit ice lucit wait"0" as"program" from"gh-r" pick"bit"
zinit light "chriswalz/bit"

Note: On Windows only the interactive prompt completion works not classic tab completion

using AUR (For Arch Linux Users)

For building a stable version from source, use the bit package

For building the latest git version from source, use the bit-git package

Note: These Packages are community-driven and not offically published my the bit maintainer.

Verify installation with:


Dependencies: Git

Platform Support:

  • iTerm2 (macOS)
  • (macOS)
  • Command Prompt (Windows)
  • WSL/Windows Subsystem for Linux (Windows)
  • gnome-terminal (Ubuntu)