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Git Mob npm version build status

A command-line tool for social coding

Includes co-authors in commits when you collaborate on code. Use when pairing with a buddy or mobbing with your team.

Read our blog post to find out why git-mob exists: http://tech.findmypast.com/co-author-commits-with-git-mob

gif showing example usage of git-mob


Warning: This package hasn't reached v1.0.0 yet. There may be many missing features, lots of bugs, and the API could change until we reach a stable version.

git-mob is a CLI tool, so you'll need to install the package globally.

npm i -g git-mob

Workflow / Usage

With git-mob, the primary author will always be the primary user of the computer. Set your author info in git if you haven't done so before.

$ git config --global user.name "Jane Doe"
$ git config --global user.email "jane@example.com"

To keep track of potential co-authors, git-mob uses a JSON file called ~/.git-coauthors. Here's a template of its structure.

  "coauthors": {
    "<initials>": {
      "name": "<name>",
      "email": "<email>"

Start by adding a few co-authors that you work with.

$ cat <<-EOF > ~/.git-coauthors
  "coauthors": {
    "ad": {
      "name": "Amy Doe",
      "email": "amy@findmypast.com"
    "bd": {
      "name": "Bob Doe",
      "email": "bob@findmypast.com"

You're ready to create your mob. Tell git-mob you're pairing with Amy by using her initials.

$ git mob ad
Jane Doe <jane@example.com>
Amy Doe <amy@example.com>

Commit like you normally would. You should see Co-authored-by: Amy Doe <amy@example.com> appear at the end of the commit message.

Let's add Bob to the group to create a three-person mob.

$ git mob ad bd
Jane Doe <jane@example.com>
Amy Doe <amy@example.com>
Bob Doe <bob@example.com>

Once you're done mobbing, switch back to developing solo.*

$ git solo
Jane Doe <jane@example.com>

Check which co-authors you have available in your .git-coauthors file.

$ git mob --list
jd Jane Doe jane@example.com
ad Amy Doe amy@example.com
bd Bob Doe bob@example.com

* If you have git-duet installed, you'll need to uninstall it since it conflicts with the git-solo command.

Find out more with git mob --help