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Magit plugin for dealing with GitHub pull requests
Emacs Lisp
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Check out PR branches rather than leaving them dangling

Currently, `magit-gh-pulls-create-branch' and
`magit-gh-pulls-merge-pull-request' don't behave as described in the
README, since they create new branches (without checking them out) and
then proceed to merge things into whatever branch or ref you currently
have checked out.  The newly created branch just sits there at the base.
Fix this by using the appropriate magit API to both create *and*
checkout a new branch.
latest commit 5f9be33597
@mgalgs mgalgs authored


magit-gh-pulls is a Magit extension that allows you to conveniently manipulate Github’s pull requests from Emacs.


magit-gh-pulls is available on MELPA. To install it do the following:

M-x package-install RET magit-gh-pulls RET

Now that the package is installed you have to put the following code to your init.el:

(require 'magit-gh-pulls)
(add-hook 'magit-mode-hook 'turn-on-magit-gh-pulls)


Existing Pull Requests

In magit-status window press # g g to refresh the list of pull requests. magit-gh-pulls automatically infers credentials from the URL of the repository. If there are some PRs available, a new section will appear called Pull Requests. Each item in this section has the following form:

[pull-request-number@branch-name] Pull request name

Highlighting the desired PR and pressing # g f will fetch the commits associated with the PR. These are the real commits that you can view, apply, cherry-pick etc.

From this point magit-gh-pulls offers you two options:

  • press # g b on the PR to create a topic branch for this PR. After testing the PR you can merge it back into your branch using Magit.
  • press # g m to merge the PR on top of the currently checked out branch. This is convenient if pull request can be merged by fast-forwarding and no testing is needed (or you can test from your branch directly). A nice benefit of this approach over merging from Github interface is that in case of FF no merge commit is produced, so history stays nice and linear.
Creating Pull Requests

In magit-status press # g c to create a new pull request. You will be asked for the base commit and the head commit for the pull-request. They will default to the default branch of your repository and current head respecively. Enter a title and description for the pull request, and magit-gh-pulls will connect to GitHub to create the pull request. By default, the new pullrequest will be opened on in the browser. You may turn this behavior off by customizing magit-gh-pulls-open-new-pr-in-browser

The base and head of the pull request must already be present on github. If you haven’t yet pushed your local commits, creating the pull request will fail. You can push with magit’s standard P P.

  • # g o Will open the selected a pull request in your default browser on GitHub.
  • j q will jump to the Pull Requests section in the magit-status window.


Copyright © 2011-2014 Yann Hodique, Alexander Yakushev and contributors. Distributed under the GNU General Public License ver. 2. See the header of the source file.

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