Simple wrapper to run any git command and process it's output using promises.
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Simple wrapper that allows you to run any git command using a more intuitive syntax.

Getting Started

npm install git-promise --save

Once installed, you can use it in your JavaScript files like so:

var git = require("git-promise");

git("rev-parse --abbrev-ref HEAD").then(function (branch) {
  console.log(branch); // This is your current branch

The module will handle exit code automatically, so

var git = require("git-promise");

git("merge origin/master").then(function () {
  // Everything was fine
}).fail(function (err) {
  // Something went bad, maybe merge conflict?

err is an Error object augmented with stdout property. The following code:

git('clone').fail(function (err) {

will log:

'git clone' exited with error code 128
Cloning into 'notExistingExample'...
fatal: remote error: Repository does not exist
The requested repository does not exist, or you do not have permission to
access it.

Advanced usage

The git command accepts a second parameter that can be used to parse the output or to deal with non 0 exit code.

var git = require("git-promise");

git("status -sb", function (stdout) {
  return stdout.match(/## (.*)/)[1];
}).then(function (branch) {
  console.log(branch); // This is your current branch

The callback accepts 2 parameters, (stdout, code), where stdout is the output of the git command and code is the exit code.

The return value of this function will be the resolved value of the promise.

If the code parameter is not specified, it'll be handled automatically and the promise will be rejected in case of non 0 code.

var git = require("git-promise");

git("merge-base --is-ancestor master HEAD", function (stdout, code) {
  if (code === 0) {
    // the branch we are on is fast forward to master
    return true;
  } else if (code === 1) {
    // no, it's not
    return false;
  } else {
    // some other error happened
    throw new Error("Something bad happened: " + stdout);
}).then(function (isFastForward) {
}).fail(function (err) {
  // deal with the error

Chaining commands

Imagine to be on a local branch which is not fast forward with master and you want to know which commit were pushed on master after the forking point:

var git = require("git-promise");

function findForkCommit () {
  return git("merge-base master HEAD", function (output) {
    return output.trim();

function findChanges (forkCommit) {
  return git("log " + forkCommit + "..master --format=oneline", function (output) {
    return output.trim().split("\n");

// synchronization can be done in many ways, for instance with Q
var Q = require("q");
[findForkCommit, findChanges].reduce(Q.when, Q({})).then(function (commits) {

// or simply using promises, simple cases only?
findForkCommit().then(findChanges).then(function (commits) {

Working directory

By default all git commands run in the current working directory (i.e. process.cwd()).

You can use the following syntax to run a git command in different folder

var git = require("git-promise");

git("blame file1.js", {cwd: "src/"}).then(function () {
  // Blame someone

Custom git executable

By default any command tries to use git in $PATH, if you have installed git in a funky location you can override this value using gitExec.

var git = require("git-promise");

git("status", {gitExec: "/usr/local/sbin/git"}).then(function () {
  // All good, I guess

Utility methods

This module comes with some utility methods to parse the output of some git commands

var util = require("git-promise/util");
  • util.extractStatus(output [, lineSeparator])

Parse the output of git status --porcelain and returns an object with

  branch: "current branch name, only if git status -b is used",
  index: {
    modified: ["list of files modified in the index"],
    added: ["list of files added in the index"],
    deleted: ["list of files deleted in the index"],
    renamed: ["list of files renamed in the index"],
    copied: ["list of files copied in the index"]
  workingTree: {
    modified: ["list of files modified in the local working tree"],
    added: ["list of files added / renamed / copied in the local working tree"],
    deleted: ["list of files deleted in the local working tree"]

The method works both with or without option -z.

  • util.hasConflict(output)

Try to determine if there's a merge conflict from the output of git merge-tree

var git = require("git-promise");
var util = require("git-promise/util");

git("merge-tree <root-commit> <branch1> <branch2>").then(function (stdout) {

Release History

  • 0.3.1 Fix current working directory not switching back when command exits with error
  • 0.3.0 Custom git executable with gitExec option
  • 0.2.0 Change current working directory
  • 0.1.0 Just started