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git curate

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After a while, my local repo becomes cluttered with branches, and git branch outputs an awkwardly long list. I want to delete some of those branches to bring that list back under control; but I can't always remember which branches I want to keep from the branch names alone; and inspecting them one at a time and then running git branch -D in a separate step, is painful.

git curate is intended to ease this pain. It steps you through the local branches of a repo one at a time, outputting the following information about each:

  • Last commit date
  • Last commit author
  • Last commit subject
  • Whether the branch has been merged into the current HEAD
  • The status of the branch relative to the upstream branch it is tracking (if any)

You can then select whether to delete or keep each branch as you go.

NOTE git curate does not run git fetch prior to generating its output. If you want to be sure that the "Status vs upstream" column reflects the latest state of the upstream branches as per their remote repository, you should run git fetch first.


You'll need Ruby v2.1.10 or higher. Run

gem install git_curate

to install the executable.


From within a git repo, run:

git curate

This will step you through your local branches one at a time, asking you whether to keep or delete each branch in what should be a fairly self-explanatory fashion. Note the branch you are currently on will not be included in the list, as git does not allow you to delete the branch you're on.

If you just want to view the information about your local branches without stepping through them interactively, enter git branch --list or git branch -l.

(Note the space after git—we have effectively added a subcommand to git just by installing a gem. When git_curate is installed, an executable is created called git-curate. In general, for any executable of the form git-xyz in your PATH, git will automatically recognize xyz as a subcommand, and will run that executable whenever that subcommand is invoked.)


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub.

To start working on git_curate, git clone and cd into your fork of the repo, then run bin/setup to install dependencies.

For a list of Rake tasks that are available in the development environment, run rake -T.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.

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