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Opcode - Local Command Shortcuts

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Opcode lets you define a simple configuration file in any directory. This file includes shortcuts to other commands.


For a similar project, but for globally accessible aliases, see alf.


The simplest way to install, is to run the installation script:

$ bash <(curl -s

If you prefer to install manually, simply download the op file, place it somewhere in your path, and make it executable.


When you execute op, Opcode will look for op.conf in the current directory. See the example op.conf file for reference.

The syntax of op.conf is simple:

Each line should contain a code and the command to run:

code: command to run

For example:

commit: git commit -am "quick commit"

With this configuration, you can now simply run:

$ op commit

Any argument provided to the CLI will be forwarded to the command, so with this configuration:

commit: git commit -am

You can supply a commit message:

$ op commit "my commit message"

Positional Arguments

In some cases, you may want to use the command line arguments in different positions in your command. Given this configuration:

deploy: git commit -am "$1" && git push

You can now run:

$ op deploy "version 1.1.1"

and it will be translated to this command

git commit -am "version 1.1.1" && git push

This is made possible due to the fact that any command that contains a $ character, will not have the command line arguments ($@) appended to it.

Partial Command Matching

When running a command, opcode will first try to find an exact match. If none is found, it will try to find a command that starts with the code you typed.

In other words, if you have this in your op.conf file:

server: echo "Running Server" && rackup

You can run it with op server, op s and anything in between. The first matched command will be executed.

Multiline Commands

You may split your command to multiple lines by ending the line with a backslash, and indenting the subsequent lines by at least one space:

up: docker-compose build && \
    docker-compose up web

Bash Completion

Opcode comes with bash completion. If you install opcode using the setup script, bash completion installation will be offered to you.

If you install opcode manually, and would like to enable bash completion, simply add this to your ~/.bashrc:

eval $(op --complete)
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