$ brew install nvie/tap/git-toolbelt
Helper tools to make everyday life with Git much easier. Commands marked with
Everyday helpful commands:
- git-merged / git-unmerged / git-merge-status
Commands to help novices out:
Commands that simplify scripting. These commands typically only return exit codes and have no output.
- git-has-local-changes / git-is-clean / git-is-dirty
- git-contains / git is-ancestor
Returns the name of the current branch, if any. Why doesn't this come with git?
$ git current-branch master
git rev-parse --abbrev-ref HEAD.
Returns the SHA value for the specified object, or the current branch head, if nothing is provided.
$ git sha <some-object>
$ git sha HEAD f688d7543c5d52f5f78b3db1b0dd1616059299a4 $ git sha -s HEAD f688d75
Shows the commit SHA for the latest commit.
Returns a list of locally modified files. In contrast to git status, it does not include any detailed file status, and never includes non-existing files.
This makes it ideal for the following use-case:
$ vim (git modified)
If you want to locally modified files that are already staged, too, use:
$ vim (git modified -i)
Pushed the current branch out to
origin, and makes sure to setup tracking of
the remote branch. Shorthand for
git push -u origin <current-branch>.
Accepts options, too, so you can use
$ git push-current -f
HEAD is pointing to a branch head, or is detached.
git local-branches / git remote-branches / git active-branches
Returns a list of local or remote branches, but contrary to Git's default commands for this, returns them machine-processable. In the case of remote branches, can be asked to return only the branches in a specific remote.
A branch is deemed "active" if its head points to a commit authored in the last 3 weeks.
git local-branch-exists / git remote-branch-exists / git tag-exists
Tests if the given local branch, remote branch, or tag exists.
Returns a list of local branches, ordered by recency:
$ git recent-branches foo master bar qux
git local-commits / git has-local-commits
Returns a list of commits that are still in your local repo, but haven't been
git has-local-commits is the scriptable equivalent that
only returns an exit code if such commits exist.
git contains / git is-ancestor
Tests if X is merged into Y:
$ git contains X Y # does X contain Y? $ git is-ancestor X Y # is X an ancestor of Y?
Even though they might look like opposites,
X contains Y does not mean
not (X is-ancestor Y), since (1) X and Y can point to the same commit, or the
branches may have no common history and thus be unrelated completely.
Mimics the index / staging area to match the working tree exactly. Adds files, removes files, etc.
git add --all.
Unstages everything. Leaves the working tree intact.
git reset HEAD.
Ever created a merge accidentally, or decided that you didn't want to merge
after all? You can undo the last merge using
Ever committed too soon, or by accident? Or on the wrong branch? You can now undo your last commit and you won't lose any data. All the changes in the commit will be staged (like right before the commit) and the commit itself is gone.
Deletes all branches that have already been merged into master or develop. Keeps other branches lying around. Removes branches both locally and in the origin remote. Will be most conservative with deletions.
Amend all local staged changes into the last commit. Ideal for fixing typo's, when you don't want to re-edit the commit message.
$ git commit -m "Something cool." $ vim somefile.txt # fix typo $ git add somefile.txt $ git fixup # merge this little change back into the last commit
Convenience command for quickly switching to a branch . If such local branch does not exist, but there is a remote branch named origin/, then a local branch is created and the remote is tracked. If the local branch already exists, it's git pull --rebase'ed to update to the latest remote state.
Say you want to rebuild your last commit, but want to keep the commit message. git delouse empties the last commit on the current branch and places all changes back into the working tree.
Since the commit remains in history, you can now rebuild the commit by "git amend"'ing or "git fixup"'ing, instead of making new commits.
Ever been on a branch and really wanted to quickly commit a change to a different branch? Given that this is possible without merge conflicts, git commit-to will allow you to do so, without checking out the branch necessarily.
$ git branch master * mybranch $ git status M foo.txt M bar.txt $ git add foo.txt $ git commit-to master -m "Add foo to master." $ git add bar.txt $ git commit -m "Add bar to mybranch."
Every been on a branch, just made a commit, but really want that commit available on other branches as well? You can now cherry-pick this commit to any branch, staying on the current branch. (Given the change won't lead to a merge conflict.)
$ git branch master * mybranch $ git add foo.txt $ git commit -m "Really useful thing." $ git cherry-pick-to master HEAD $ git branch # did not switch branches master * mybranch
Helper function that determines whether the current directory has a Git repo
associated to it. Scriptable equivalent of
git root / git repo
git root prints the root location of the working tree.
$ cd /path/to/worktree $ cd some/dir/in/worktree $ pwd /path/to/worktree/some/project/dir $ git root /path/to/worktree
git repo prints the location of the Git directory, typically
could differ based on your setup. Will return with a non-zero exit code if not
in a repo.
$ cd /path/to/my/worktree $ git repo .git $ cd /tmp $ git repo fatal: Not a git repository (or any of the parent directories): .git
git initial-commit prints the initial commit for the repo.
$ git initial-commit 48c94a6a29e9e52ab63ce0fab578101ddc56a04f
git has-local-changes / git is-clean / git is-dirty
Helper function that determines whether there are local changes in the working tree, by returning a 0 (local changes) or 1 (no local changes) exit code.
Don't care about your local working copy's state and really want to revert back to whatever is recorded in the history? git drop-local-changes lets you do this.
This covers aborting rebases, undoing partial merges, resetting the index and removing any unknown local files from the work tree. Anything that is already committed remains safe.
??? issue a git pull, too? Typical beginners will want this.
The stash behaviour you (probably) always wanted. This actually stashes everything what's in your index, in your working tree, and even stashes away your untracked files, leaving a totally clean working tree.
Using "git stash pop" will recover all changes, including index state, locally modified files, and untracked files.
Updates all local branch heads to the remote's equivalent. This is the same as checking out all local branches one-by-one and pulling the latest upstream changes. Will only update if a pull succeeds cleanly (i.e. is a fast-forward pull).
git-merged / git-unmerged / git-merge-status
This trio of subcommands makes it easy to inspect merge status of local branches. Use them to check whether any local branches have or haven't been merged into the target branch (defaults to master).
git-merge-status is a useful command that presents both lists in a single overview (not for machine processing).
Shows contribution stats for the given committer, like "most productive day", "most productive hour", "average commit size", etc.
TODO: git force-checkout
Don't care about your local working copy's state and really want to switch to another branch? git force-checkout lets you do this.
Switching branches can be prevented by git. For good reasons, mostly. Git is designed to prevent you from losing data potentially. Examples are there are local unmerged files, or some files that would be overwritten by doing the checkout.
By using force-checkout you basically give git the finger, and check out a branch anyway. You do agree to lose data when using this command.
$ git checkout master error: Your local changes to the following files would be overwritten by checkout: foo/bar.txt Please, commit your changes or stash them before you can switch branches. Aborting $ git force-checkout master Switched to branch 'master'
Generates a summary for all local branches that will merge uncleanly—i.e. will lead to merge conflicts later on.
$ git branch develop * mybranch master other-branch $ git conflicts develop... merges cleanly master... merges cleanly other-branch... CONFLICTS AHEAD
git-assume / git-unassume / git-show-assumed
Git supports marking files "assumed unchanged", meaning any change in the file locally will not be shown in status reports, or be added when you stage all files. This feature can be useful to toggle some switches locally, or experiment with different settings, without running the risk of accidentally committing this local data (that should remain untouched in the repo).
Notice that status reports won't show these files anymore, so it's also easily to lose track of these marked assumptions, and you probably run into weird issues if you don't remember this. (This is the reason why I put these scripts in the "advanced" category.)
$ git status M foo.txt M bar.txt M qux.txt $ git assume foo.txt $ git status M bar.txt M qux.txt $ git show-assumed foo.txt $ git commit -am 'Commit everything.' $ git status nothing to commit, working directory clean $ git is-clean && echo "clean" || echo "not clean" not clean $ git unassume -a $ git status M foo.txt
As you can see,
git-is-clean is aware of any lurking "assumed unchanged"
files, and won't report a clean working tree, as these assumed unchanged files
often block the ability to check out different branches.