Git Beautifier For MacOS & OS X Terminal
Transform your command line from ugly and painful to delightful and easy-to-read.
First things first, you'll want to install a nice color theme for your terminal. The one in the screenshot above is called Monokai Soda Custom, and you'll find it included in the repo. I based it off of the most excellent Monokai Soda theme, found here.
Load the theme by opening up your mac terminal and navigating to Preferences > Profiles > Import, and then set the theme as your default.
Now log into your bash terminal and punch in the following git config commands. You should be able to copy & paste them as a full block and just hit return. This tells git that we want color in our UI, and sets specific colors for specific file status types.
git config --global color.ui true git config --global color.status.changed "blue normal" git config --global color.status.untracked "red normal" git config --global color.status.added "magenta normal" git config --global color.status.updated "green normal" git config --global color.status.branch "yellow normal bold" git config --global color.status.header "white normal bold"
Now you'll need to update your .bash_profile with the contents of the bash_profile included in the repo. The easiest way to do this will be to first show all hidden files on your system, because .bash_profile is usually set to invisible. You can show hidden files by pasting the following command into your terminal.
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES; killall Finder /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app
Once your finder reloads, you should be able to see all hidden files. In the finder, navigate to Users/YourUserNameHere, and you should see .bash_profile listed in the directory. If you don't, you simply have to create one yourself (just place an empty text file there and name it .bash_profile.)
Either way, open your .bash_profile and paste in the contents of the bash_profile included in this repo (paste it beneath any other content that's already in there.) Now save the file.
Congratulations! Your .bash_profile now includes all the code that your terminal needs to display it's UI in color, including a nicely colorized bash -ls command, a customized command prompt, and aliases for a number of highly-readable git log formats. You can customize these to your heart's content, but hopefully this will give you a solid jumping-off point.
Now let's hide those invisible files again, by pasting the following command into the terminal and hitting return.
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles NO; killall Finder /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app
Restart the terminal app, and you're ready to go!
With any luck, you should now have a nice looking command line terminal running on your Mac. If you like, point the terminal to one of your git repositories and take a few of the included git log aliases for a ride.
Type in 'log' and hit return, and you should get a nicely formatted basic log, starting with a list of refs on top, followed by all your commits.
Now explore the other colorized aliases if you like:
- 'log' displays a basic git log with single-line commit messages only (this is the one I use most often.)
- 'logv' displays a more verbose log, including email addresses for commit authors.
- 'logg' displays an ascii graph of your branches, along with basic log info.
- 'loggv' displays an ascii graph of your branches, along with more verbose log info.
- 'logm' displays multi-line commit messages.
- 'refs' displays your repo's refs and abbreviated hashes.
- 'remotes' display your repo's remotes and remote branches.
Lastly, type in the trusty '-ls' bash command and you should see a nicely colorized list of files, directories, etc.
Well, that's it. You're good to go!
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