git-based selfies for software developers
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 to the People Using Lolcommits page on our wiki!
You'll need ImageMagick installed. Homebrew makes this easy.
brew install imagemagick
Then install with:
[sudo] gem install lolcommits
If you're using RVM (or rbenv), you can/should probably omit the sudo, but the default macOS Ruby install usually requires it.
Lolcommits v0.8.1 was the last release to support Ruby < 2.0. If you'd like to use 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 these 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 here).
Then install 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
Within any git repository, simply run
lolcommits --enable. From that point on,
any git commit will automatically trigger a lolcommit capture! By default, all
lolcommits are stored in
~/.lolcommits and placed in a subdirectory by project
name, with a filename matching the commit hash.
to enable lolcommits across all your repos; 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 options.
Capture configuration options
lolcommits has some capture options for additional lulz. You can enable these via environment variables like so;
LOLCOMMITS_DEVICEset a webcam device - except windows (non-animated) captures
LOLCOMMITS_ANIMATE(in seconds) set time for capturing an animated gif - requires ffmpeg
LOLCOMMITS_DELAY(in seconds) set delay time before capturing (for slow webcams to warmup)
LOLCOMMITS_FORKfork lolcommit runner (capture command forks to a new process, speedily returning you to your terminal)
LOLCOMMITS_STEALTHdisable all notification messages when capturing
LOLCOMMITS_DIRset the output directory used for all repositories (defaults to ~/.lolcommits)
LOLCOMMITS_CAPTURE_DISABLEDdisables lolcommit capturing in the commit hook (when set as 'true')
Or they can be set with 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 about styling, read about the 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;
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
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 post to Twitter, Tumblr (and other services), or even translate your commit messages to lolspeak. Check them out on our plugins page.
To list all installed plugins use:
Installed plugins can be easily enabled, configured or disabled with the
lolcommits --config # or lolcommits --config -p loltext
Interested in developing your own plugin? Follow this simple guide at the Lolcommits Sample Plugin README.
Watch your face decay while you program, with an animated timelapse gif!
lolcommits --timelapse # or for just today's lolcommits lolcommits --timelapse --period today
The program is available as open source under the terms of LGPL-3.