lolcommits (git + webcam = lol)
lolcommits takes a snapshot with your webcam every time you git commit code, and archives a lolcat style image with it. Git blame has never been so much fun.
By default, the lol images are stored by a Github style short SHA in a
~/.lolcommits directory created for you.
Please add your own lolcommit! Add to the People Using Lolcommits page on our wiki.
Mac OS X
You'll need ImageMagick installed. Homebrew makes this easy.
brew install imagemagick
Then install the gem with:
[sudo] gem install lolcommits
If you're using RVM (or rbenv), you can/should probably omit the sudo, but the default MacOSX Ruby install is dumb and requires it.
Lolcommits v0.8.1 was the last release to support Ruby < 2.0. If you'd like to use this gem on older rubies try:
[sudo] gem install lolcommits --version 0.8.1 # for Ruby 1.9 [sudo] gem install lolcommits --version 0.7.0 # for Ruby 1.8
Install dependencies using your package manager of choice, for example in Ubuntu:
sudo apt-get install mplayer imagemagick libmagickwand-dev
For Ubuntu 14.04 or newer, you need to manually install ffmpeg since it no longer ships with the default Ubuntu sources. Downloads for ffmpeg
Then install the gem with:
gem install lolcommits
For more details, see Installing on Linux.
Windows - here be dragons!
It works, but you'll need some more detailed instructions to get the dependencies installed. See the wiki page for Installing on Windows.
Enabling and basic usage
From within any git repository, simply do a
lolcommits --enable. From that
point on, any git commit will automatically trigger a lolcommit capture! All
lolcommits are stored in
~/.lolcommits by default, placed in a subdirectory by
project name, and with a filename matching the commit hash.
You can also enable lolcommits across all your local git repos. Follow these
to achieve this using
git init and the
Don't worry about it too much, half the fun of lolcommits is forgetting it's installed!
Ok, if you insist... Since you know about
--enable, common sense suggests
there is also a repository specific
--disable, hopefully you can guess what
Other handy common commands include
--last, which will open for display your
most recent lolcommit, or
--browse, which pops open the directory containing
all the lolcommit images for your current repository. You can always do
for a full list of available commands.
NOTE: Any extra arguments you pass with
--enable are appended to the
git post-hook capture command. For example;
lolcommits --enable --delay 5 --animate 4 --fork
Will configure capturing of an animated gif (4 secs) after a 5 sec delay in a forked process. See the section below for more capture configuration variables.
Capture configuration variables
lolcommits has some capture options for additional lulz. You can enable these via environment variables like so;
LOLCOMMITS_DEVICEset a webcam device - mac and linux only
LOLCOMMITS_ANIMATE(in seconds) set time for capturing an animated gif - requires ffmpeg
LOLCOMMITS_DELAY(in seconds) set delay persistently (for slow webcams to warmup)
LOLCOMMITS_FORKfork lolcommit runner (capture command forks to a new process, speedily returning you to your terminal)
LOLCOMMITS_STEALTHdisable notification messages at commit time
LOLCOMMITS_DIRset the output directory used for all repositories (defaults to ~/.lolcommits)
Or they can be set with these arguments to the capture command (located in your
lolcommits --devices to list all attached video devices available for
You can configure lolcommit text positions, font styles (type, size, color etc.) or add a transparent overlay to your images. Simply configure the default loltext plugin with this command:
lolcommits --config -p loltext
To find out more, read about loltext options.
Animated Gif Capturing
Animated gifs can take a while to generate (depending on the number of seconds you capture and the capabilities of your machine). ffmpeg is required and can be installed like so;
- Linux - follow this guide
- OSX -
brew install ffmpeg
To enable, just set the
LOLCOMMITS_ANIMATE environment variable with the
number of seconds to capture. If you find animated capturing takes too long, try
LOLCOMMITS_FORK=true. Animated gif captures are currently NOT
supported on Windows.
A growing number of plugins are available, allowing you to transform or share
your lolcommits with others. The default plugin simply appends your commit
message and sha to the captured image. Others can auto post to Twitter, Tumblr
(and other services), or even translate your commit messages to
lolspeak. They can be
easily enabled, configured or disabled with the
Check them out on our plugins page.
To watch your face as it decays while you program, you can create an animated timelapse gif.
lolcommits --timelapse # or for just today's lolcommits lolcommits --timelapse --period today
Try our trouble-shooting FAQ, or take a read through our wiki for more information. If you think something is broken or missing, raise a Github issue (and please take a little time to check if we haven't already addressed it).