This command represents a faster alternative to
git add -i or
git gui. It
allows you to stage or unstage files from the index in an editor, just like
when you perform an interactive rebase.
For example, let's assume you have the following three modified files (
git status --short):
M path/to/file1 M another/path/to/file2 M yet/another/path/to/file3
git edit-index, an editor will show up with the above output.
To stage (add) the first two files, simply change the text to
A path/to/file1 A another/path/to/file2 M yet/another/path/to/file3
You can also unstage (
reset) files, add only parts of files (
add -p), or
delete files (
The script requires Python 2.7 or Python >= 3.4. Both CPython and PyPy implementations are supported.
$ pip install git-edit-index
or install it manually by performing the following two steps:
- Put the
git-edit-indexscript to a directory that is in your
- Ensure that the script is executable (
chmod a+x git-edit-index).
git edit-index to display an editor with the current index. In it, you
can stage or unstage files from the index simply by changing their status:
- To stage a modified or deleted file, change its status from
A. This runs
git add FILE. If you use
A, it will run
git add -p FILEinstead.
- To unstage a modified file, change its status from
M. This runs
git reset FILE.
- To unstage a deleted file, change its status from
D. This also runs
git reset FILE. If you use
D, it will run
git reset -p FILEinstead.
- To add an untracked file, change its status from
A. This runs
git add FILE.
- To stop tracking of a file, change its status to
?. This runs
git rm --cached FILE.
- To add an ignored file, change its status from
A. This runs
git add -f FILE.
- To delete an untracked or ignored file, remove the line with the file. This deletes the file by using the operating system's file-deletion facilities.
- To revert changes done to a file since the last commit, remove the line with
the file. This runs
git checkout FILE(if the file is staged, it first runs
git reset FILE).
The status is case-insensitive, e.g. both
a stage the given file
(lower-case letters are easier to type).
git status, ignored files aren't being shown by default,
instead the flag
--ignored has to be set.
Selecting an Editor
The editor can be specified either by setting core.editor in your Git config:
git config --global core.editor "gvim -f"
or by setting the
GIT_EDITOR environment variable in
export EDITOR="gvim -f"
See the VARIABLES section in the manual pages for
git-var for the used order of preference.
Using an Alias
Of course, instead of typing
git edit-index, you can setup a git
git config --global alias.ei edit-index
Then, all you have to do is to type
The command supports the following configuration options via Git's configuration system.
What should be done when the editor buffer is empty (i.e. all lines were deleted). Possible values:
ask: Ask the user by showing him or her a
y/Nprompt. This is the default behavior of the command since version
act: Reflect the changes, without asking. This was the default behavior of the command until version
nothing: Do not reflect any changes, without asking. This corresponds to the default behavior of many other Git commands.
Only the following statuses are currently supported:
A: Added file (staged).
D: Deleted file (not staged).
M: Modified file (not staged).
?: Untracked file.
!: Ignored file.
Copyright (c) 2015 Petr Zemek (email@example.com) and contributors.
Distributed under the MIT license. See the
for more details.