Enhancements for Command Line Git
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Ironcode Git Enhancements



GNU General Public License, version 2.0


  • Command line git installed
  • Bash terminal environment
  • Optional: Exuberant Ctags* for ctag generation


  • Git tab completion
  • Git status in command prompt
  • Git shortcut names
  • Git project template
  • Prepopulate Git hooks for Exuberant Ctags

Lazy Installation

From the command line run

bash <(curl "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ironcodestudio/ironcode-git-enhancements/develop/install-ironcode-git-enhancements.sh")

Detailed Installation

  1. Clone this repo to your home directory
git clone https://github.com/ironcodestudio/ironcode-git-enhancements ~/ironcode-git-enhancements
  1. Add line to ~/.bash_profile to load our Git modifications
printf 'source  ~/ironcode-git-enhancements/bash_profile-mods.bash' >> ~/.bash_profile;
  1. Add line to ~/.gitconfig to load our Git template
git config --global init.templatedir '~/ironcode-git-enhancements/git_template'

Git Shortcuts

alias gs   = 'git status'
alias gsi  = 'git status --ignored'
alias ga   = 'git add'
alias gb   = 'git branch'
alias gbv  = 'git branch -a -v' # shows both local and remote branches AND verbose
alias gc   = 'git commit --verbose'
alias gd   = 'git diff'
alias gds  = 'git diff --staged'
alias gdno = 'git diff --name-only'
alias go   = 'git checkout'
alias gl   = "git log --color --graph --pretty=format:'%Cred%h%Creset -%C(yellow)%d%Creset %s %Cgreen(%cr) %C(bold blue)<%an>%Creset' --abbrev-commit"

git branch-clean = Remove both:
    - any branches already merged into current branch
    - any branch with a remote that has been removed from origin

# gpr 96, will fetch PR 96 create branch pull-request-96
gpr () { git fetch origin pull/$1/head:pull-request-$1; }

Reference for Other Git Commands

Set an upstream remote

git remote add upstream https://github.com/ironcodestudio/ironcode-git-enhancements.git

Fetch and merge upstream changes

git fetch upstream
git merge upstream/master

Push Local Branch to Remote

git push origin example-branch-name

Add Submodule

git submodule add https://github.com/salcode/example.git

Update Submodules on a Cloned Project

git submodule update --init --recursive

Undo Last Commit

git reset HEAD~1
More details at http://salferrarello.com/undo-git-commit/

Remove Untracked Files from Branch

git clean -f
use git clean --dry-run -f to preview
More details in this Stack Overflow Answer

Reset master to origin/master

git reset --hard origin/master
Warning This is a destructive change, you will lose any local changes on this branch.

Included Components

Git project template

The sub-directory git_template acts as a template when creating or cloning a repo.

Exuberant Ctags*

This is an optional feature for advanced users who want to use Exuberant Ctags. If your editor/IDE uses ctags for integration across files in a project, this will regenerate ctags after commits, merges, and checkouts. Users who are not interested in these features can ignore this section. The scripting in these hooks fails silently if Exuberant Ctags is not installed. This is based on Tim Pope's work Effortless Ctags with Git

Installation Notes

  • Installation adds source ~/ironcode-git-enhancements/bash_profile-mods.bash to your .bash_profile
  • The scripts will be loaded in all future terminal sessions. If you want to apply them in your current terminal session can apply them now with the following from the command line
    source ~/ironcode-git-enhancements/bash_profile-mods.bash
  • Installation modifies your ~/.gitconfig to use the included template directory when initializing or cloning a repository


  • Edit ~/.bash_profile in your home directory and remove the line
    source ~/ironcode-git-enhancements/bash_profile-mods.bash
  • Edit ~/gitconfig in your home directory and remove the line
    templatedir = ~/ironcode-git-enhancements/git_template
  • At this point, the modifications are uninstalled and optionally you can delete the directory and contents ~/ironcode-git-enhancements


  • 20161226 - Set git push default to current (#36)
  • 20161225 - Set git push to always push tags (#24)
  • - Add --verbose to gc command (#22)
  • - Add git branch-clean custom command (#27)
  • - Add gitconfig to repo (#30)
  • - Add install script (#31)
  • - Modify command line prompt to use light instead of dark blue for f.lux readability (#29)
  • 20161005 - Modify gpr to checkout the Pull Request branch after it is pulled locally (#26)
  • 20161005 - add shortcut gdno for git diff --name-only (#23)
  • 20150320 - improve readability of output for gl alias (#4)
  • 20150320 - correct behavior of gbv (previously -v paramter was ignored) (#5)
  • 20150320 - add new entries in "Reference for Other Git Commands": Undo Last Commit, Remove Untracked Files from Branch, and Reset master to origin/master
  • 20140808 - add alias gsi, add tab completion on aliases, remove gbo, change gb to map to git branch with no parameters, add gbv, update git-completion.bash to latest version
  • 20140516 - add git_template directory and hooks for Effortless Ctags
  • 20140404 - move to ironcode-git-enhancements, updated paths and documentation
  • 20140404 - added gl comand line shortcut for git log --pretty=oneline
  • 20140402 - updated incorrect comments and clarified installation
  • 20140219 - moved required scripts git-completion.bash and git-prompt.sh into this repo