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Git Repos Workflow for Alfred

Browse, search and open Git repositories from within Alfred.


Get the workflow from GitHub releases.

Version 2 and later are only compatible with Alfred 3. If you're still using Alfred 2, please download version 1 instead.


This workflow requires some configuration before use. See Configuration for details.

  • repos [<query>] — Show a list of your Git repos filtered by <query>
    • — Open selected repo in app_default (see configuration)
    • ⌘+↩ — Open selected repo in app_cmd (see configuration)
    • ⌥+↩ — Open selected repo in app_alt (requires configuration)
    • ^+↩ — Open selected repo in app_ctrl (requires configuration)
    • ⇧+↩ — Open selected repo in app_shift (requires configuration)
    • fn+↩ — Open selected repo in app_fn (requires configuration)
  • reposettings — Open settings.json in default JSON editor
  • reposupdate — Force workflow to update its cached list of repositories. (By default, the list will only be updated—in the background—every 3 hours.)
  • reposhelp — Open this file in your browser


Before you can use this workflow, you have to configure one or more folders in which the workflow should search for Git repos. The workflow uses find to search for .git directories, so you shouldn't add huge directory trees to it, and use the depth option to restrict the search depth. Typically, a depth of 2 will be what you want (i.e. search within subdirectories of specified directory, but no lower). Add directories to search to the search_dir array in settings.json (see below).

The default settings.json file looks like this:

  "app_default": "Finder",               // ↩ to open in this/these app(s)
  "app_cmd": "Terminal",                 // ⌘+↩ to open in this/these app(s)
  "app_alt": null,                       // ⌥+↩ to open in this/these app(s)
  "app_ctrl": null,                      // ^+↩ to open in this/these app(s)
  "app_shift": null,                     // ⇧+↩ to open in this/these app(s)
  "app_fn": null,                        // fn+↩ to open in this/these app(s)
  "global_exclude_patterns": [],         // Exclude from all searches
  "search_dirs": [
      "path": "~/delete/this/example",   // Path to search. ~/ is expanded
      "depth": 2,                        // Search subdirs of `path`
      "name_for_parent": 1,              // Name Alfred entry after parent of `.git`. 2 = grandparent of `.git` etc.
      "excludes": [                      // Excludes specific to this path
        "tmp",                           // Directories named `tmp`
        "bad/smell/*"                    // Subdirs of `bad/smell` directory

This is my settings.json:

  "app_alt": "iTerm",
  "app_cmd": "Finder",
  "app_ctrl": "SourceTree",
  "app_default": "Sublime Text",
  "app_fn": [
    "Sublime Text",
  "app_shift": "Browser",
  "global_exclude_patterns": [],
  "search_dirs": [
      "path": "~/Code"
      "path": "~/Sites"

Note: If you specify Browser, Safari, Google Chrome, Webkit or Firefox as an application, it will be passed the remote repo URL, not the local filepath. Browser will open the URL in your default browser.

You can also change the default update interval (3h) in the workflow's configuration sheet in Alfred Preferences. Change the UPDATE_EVERY_MINS workflow variable to suit your needs.

Search Directories

Each entry in the search_dirs list must be a mapping.

Only path is required. depth will default to 2 if not specified. excludes are globbing patterns, like in .gitignore.

name_for_parent defaults to 1, which means the entry in Alfred's results should be named after the directory containing the .git directory. If you want Alfred to show the name of the grandparent, set name_for_parent to 2 etc.

This is useful if your projects are structured, for example, like this and src is the actual repo:


Set name_for_parent to 2, and Project_1, Project_2 etc. will be shown in Alfred, not src, src, src

Open in Applications

The applications specified by the app_XYZ options are all called using open -a AppName path/to/directory. You can configure any application that can open a directory in this manner. Some recommendations are Sublime Text, SourceTree, GitHub or iTerm.

The meta app Browser will open the repo's remote/origin URL in your default browser. Other recognised browsers are Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox and WebKit.

Note: As you can see from my settings.json, you can also set an app_XYZ value to an array of applications to open the selected repo in more than one app at once:

  "app_cmd": ["Finder", "Sublime Text", "SourceTree", "iTerm"],

You can also use on a result to access Alfred's default File Actions menu.

License, Thanks

This workflow is released under the MIT Licence.

It uses the Alfred-Workflow and docopt libraries (both MIT Licence).

The icon is by Jason Long, from, released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence.