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git-extra-commands is a ZSH plugin that packages some extra git helper scripts I've found. This collection (and the scripts that I wrote in it) is licensed with the Apache Version 2 license.

However, some of the scripts in this collection came from other sources and may have different licensing - if they do, their license information is included inline in the script source.

This collection doesn't actually require ZSH, but packaging it as a ZSH plugin makes it more convenient for people using a ZSH framework to use this collection.

If you wrote one of these scripts and want it removed from this collection, please either make a PR and/or file an issue against the repository and I will remove it.

Included Scripts

Script Original Source Description
git-add-username-remote Ryan Tomayko's dotfiles Adds a remote for the current repository for the given GitHub username.
git-age Kristoffer Gronlund's wiki A git-blame viewer, written using PyGTK.
git-amend-all John Wiegley's git scripts Adds all modified and deleted files, except the new files and adds them to the recent commit by amending it
git-attic Leah Neukirchen's blog Displays a list of deleted files in your repository. The output is designed to be copy and pasted: Pass the second field to git show to display the file contents, or just select the hash without ^ to see the commit where removal happened.
git-authors Michael Markert's dotfiles (as git-changes) List authors in the repository in descending commit-count order.
git-big-file Mislav Marohnić's dotfiles Show files in the repository larger than a threshold size.
git-branch-date Joe Block List branches in commit-date order
git-branch-diff Joe Block Diffs your current HEAD with the default branch of the origin remote
git-branch-name Joe Block Prints the current branch name in automation-friendly format.
git-branch-rebaser Vengada Rangaraju Kicks off an interactive rebase of all the commits on your branch. Including pushed commits, so be careful.
git-branch-status John Wiegley's git scripts Colorized status report on all branches in your repository
git-branches-that-touch Mislav Marohnić's dotfiles Shows which branches touch files under a path that are remote, unmerged, have a commit in the last six months and whose name doesn't start with 'enterprise-'
git-change-author Michael Demmer in jut-io/git-scripts Change one author/email in the history to another.
git-change-log John Wiegley's git-scripts Transform git log output into a complete Changelog for projects that haven't been maintaining one.
git-changes Michael Markert's dotfiles Symlink to git-authors. List authors in the repository in descending commit-count order.
git-checkout-branches John Wiegley's git scripts Checks out all remote branches
git-checkout-by-date ? Lets you checkout several files at once at the version specified by a date.
git-checkout-commit From the fzf wiki Uses fzf to checkout a commit, showing the commit diff as preview.
git-checkout-default-branch I got tired of keeping track of which repositories use main, master or something else as default branch Checks out the default branch of the origin remote so you don't have to remember which repositories use master, main or whatever.
git-checkout-pr Based on Check out a PR locally
git-checkout-preview From the fzf wiki Uses fzf to checkout a branch, showing what commits diverge between the branches.
git-checkout-tag Joe Block Check out a tag into a branch named after the tag.
git-children-of John Wiegley's git-scripts Shows the children of a given git commit
git-churn Gary Bernhardt's dotfiles Show which files are getting changed most often in the repository.
git-clone-subset Rodrigo Silva (MestreLion) Uses git clone and git filter-branch to remove from the clone all files but the ones requested, along with their associated commit history.
git-comma Leah Neukirchen's blog Adds and commits a file in one command
git-commit-browser From the fzf wiki Uses fzf to browse commit history.
git-conflicts Seth Messer's bits and bobs repository Show files with conflicts
git-copy-branch-name Zach Holman's dotfiles Copy the current branch's name to the clipboard (macOS Only).
git-credit git-credit-author Zach Holman's dotfiles
git-current-branch Joe Block Prints the name of the current branch with no odd characters or formatting, mainly useful in automation scripts.
git-current-commit Joe Block Prints the hash of the current commit with no odd characters or formatting, mainly useful in automation scripts.
git-cut-branch Ryan Tomayko's dotfiles Create a new branch pointed at HEAD and reset the current branch to the head of its tracking branch
git-delete-dangling-commits Stack Overflow Clean up dangling commits that are not on any branch
git-delete-local-merged From a deleted post by @tekkub Delete all local branches that have been merged into HEAD.
git-delete-merged-branches ? Purges all branches that have been merged to a target branch (defaults to branches merged to master).
git-delete-remote-branch Joe Block Delete a branch from a specified remote.
git-delete-squashed-and-merged-branches Paul Irish's dotfiles Purges all branches that have been squashed and merged to a target branch (defaults to branches merged to master). Requires pygithub.
git-delete-tag Joe Block Delete a tag, both locally and from the origin remote.
git-diff-last Sebastian Schuberth Show the last change made to a file in the repository.
git-divergence Gary Bernhardt's dotfiles Shows differences between local branch and its tracking branch.
git-edit-conflicts Joe Block Edit the files that are marked as conflicted during a merge/rebase in your $EDITOR/$VISUAL.
git-fetch-prs Pretty sure I saw this on slack, but can't recall which one Get all Pull Request branches from a given remote by refspec
git-files Jake Zimmerman's blog List the files different between the current branch and $REVIEW_BRANCH, which if unset defaults to the repository's default branch
git-find-dirty Matthew McCullough's scripts repository
git-flush John Wiegley's git-scripts Compact your repository by dropping all reflogs, stashes, and other cruft that may be bloating your pack files.
git-force-mtimes John Wiegley's git-scripts Sets modification times of all files in the repository their last change date based on git's log. Useful to avoid too new dates after a checkout confusing make or rake.
git-forest Jan Engelhardt Prints a text-based tree visualisation of your repository. Requires
git-functionlog Joe Block Allows you to get a git log of a particular function, not a file
git-fzf-add Fuzzy Finding in Bash with fzf Use fzf to select files to add to git
git-fzf-log-browser Fuzzy Finding in Bash with fzf Use fzf to browse the repository's git log
git-fzf-pickaxe-browser Fuzzy Finding in Bash with fzf Use fzf to display a git log list that has been filtered with pickaxe for a search term.
git-fzf-reflog-browser Fuzzy Finding in Bash with fzf Use fzf to browse the repository's git reflog list that can be filtered by entering a fuzzy term at the prompt. Navigation up and down the hash list will preview the changes of each hash.
git-git Joe Block Typing git git foo will make git do a git foo instead of complaining.
git-github-open ? Open GitHub file/blob page for FILE on LINE.
git-gitlab-mr Noel Cower's gist Open a merge request on GitLab
git-history-graph ? Pretty git log, single line per commit, with branch graphing
git-ignored ? Show files being ignored by git in the repository.
git-improved-merge Mislav Marohnić's dotfiles Sophisticated git merge with integrated CI check and automatic cleanup.
git-incoming Michael Markert's dotfiles Show commits in the tracking branch that are not in the local branch.
git-jump Cowboy's dotfiles Replays git commits by moving forward / backward through a branch's history
git-latest-tag Joe Block Fetch tags from all remotes and show the most recent tag name.
git-lines Neil Killeen Gives you a list of author names with the number of lines last updated by that user in files in the current directory tree with the extension specified.
git-log-single-file Joe Block Show the log for a single file
git-ls-branch-files Joe Block List files changed between a specified branch and the current branch
git-ls-object-refs Ryan Tomayko's dotfiles Find references to an object with SHA1 in refs, commits, and trees. All of them.
git-maildiff Sanjeev Kumar's blogpost A simple git command to email diff in color to reviewer/ co-worker.
git-make-gitignore #commandline-fu on coffeeops Prints a language-specific .gitignore file using
git-maxpack John Wiegley's git-scripts Compress a repository's pack files as much as possible.
git-merged-branches Sergei Boiko's Git housekeeping tutorial: clean-up outdated branches in local and remote repositories article Lists all branches that have been merged
git-move-commits Corey Oordt's git-scripts git move-commits num-commits correct-branch moves the last n commits to correct-branch (creating it if necessary).
git-neck Leah Neukirchen's blog Show commits from the HEAD until the first branching point. Companion script for git-trail.
git-nuke Zach Holman's dotfiles Nukes a branch locally and on the origin remote.
git-object-deflate Ryan Tomayko's dotfiles Deflate an loose object file and write to standard output.
git-oldest-common-ancestor Lee Dohm's dotfiles Finds the oldest common ancestor commit between two branches.
git-open-jira If the branch name starts with JIRAPROJECT-NNNN, will open that issue in jira. Assumes that your JIRA server location is in ~/.jira-server or in the $JIRA_SERVER environment variable.
git-origin-head Don't recall, maybe twitter Prints the name of the origin remote's default branch. Not every repository uses main or master.
git-outgoing Michael Markert's dotfiles Show commits that are on the local branch that have not been pushed to the tracking branch.
git-overwritten Mislav Marohnić's dotfiles Aggregates git blame information about original owners of lines changed or removed in the '...' diff.
git-pie-ify JeeBak Kim's gist git pie-ify pattern replacement
git-plotrepo Matthew McCullogh's scripts collection Uses dot to draw a graph of the repository.
git-pr-fetch Joe Block Fetch PR branches by refspec from one of a repository's remotes.
git-pr-list Joe Block Lists pull requests. Requires gh
git-promote Trevor's Improving My git Workflow blog post (404 now) Promotes a local topic branch to a remote tracking branch of the same name.
git-prune-branches Michael Demmer in jut-io/git-scripts Deletes each fully merged branch after prompting for confirmation, than asks if you want the deleted branches deleted from your upstream remotes.
git-pruneall Ryan Tomayko's dotfiles Prune branches from specified remotes, or all remotes when no remote is specified.
git-publish Michael Markert's dotfiles git publish remote [remote-branch]
git-purge-from-history David Underhill’s blog Permanently delete files or folders from your git repository.
git-pylint Joe Block Runs pylint on any .py files modified or added in the git status output.
git-rank-contributors William Morgan Rummages through the changelog and orders contributors by the size of the diffs they're responsible for.
git-rebase-authors Mislav Marohnić's dotfiles Adds authorship info to interactive git rebase output
git-rebase-theirs Rodrigo Silva (MestreLion) Resolve rebase conflicts by favoring 'theirs' version.
git-recent Mine Shows information about most recent commit on all local branches
git-recently-checkedout-branches Mislav Marohnić's dotfiles Shows timestamp and name of recently checked-out branches in reverse chronological order.
git-ref-recent Y combinator article Shows the date, branch name, commit hash, and commit subject of branches, from most recently modified to oldest branches.
git-rel Ryan Tomayko's dotfiles Shows the relationship between the current branch and ref. With no ref, the current branch's remote tracking branch is used.
git-related Mislav Marohnić's dotfiles Show other files that often get changed in commits that touch <file>.
git-release-tag Mislav Marohnić's dotfiles Create a GitHub release for a specified tag. The release notes are automatically populated with the contents of git log since the last tagged version
git-remote-default-branch Mine Shows the default branch for a specified remote, defaults to origin when no remote is specified.
git-remove-conflicts ours or theirs FILES... John Wiegley's git scripts Automatically resolves conflicts by applying the changes from current branch (ours) or remote branch (theirs)
git-rename-branches Rodrigo Silva (MestreLion) Rename multiple branches that start with a given name.
git-replace-author ? Uses git-filter-branch to rewrite all commits with one name to use another name and email.
git-reset-with-fire Joe Block Hard reset the working directory, then zap any files not known to git.
git-restore-mtime Rodrigo Silva (MestreLion) Change mtime of files based on commit date of last change.
git-reup Zach Holman's dotfiles Like git pull but show a short and sexy log of changes after merging or rebasing.
git-rm-deleted-from-repo Joe Block Removes files you deleted with rm from the repository for you.
git-root-directory Joe Block Prints the path to the root of the git repository you're in.
git-run-command-on-revisions Gary Bernhardt's dotfiles Runs a given command over a range of git revisions.
git-shamend Danielle Sucher's git-shamend blog post Amends your staged changes as a fixup (keeping the pre-existing commit message) to the specified commit, or HEAD if no revision is specified.
git-show-overwritten Mislav Marohnić's dotfiles Aggregates git blame information about the original owners of lines changed or removed in the '...' diff.
git-shrink-repo Based on gimbo/gimbo-git.zsh Shrinks your clone of a git repository.
git-side-by-side Greg V's vmware-archive/git_scripts @hefeweizen on the coffeeops slack
git-sp A. Schwarz's git-sp "Simple push", single short command to commit, and push. Use -a flag to add all files to commit.
git-sr Noel Cower's git-sr Use fzf to switch to a different git ref.
git-stats Jake Zimmerman's blog Displays stats for the files different between the current branch and $REVIEW_BRANCH, which if unset defaults to the repository's default branch
git-submodule-rm Greg V's dotfiles & Pascal Sommer Allows you to remove a submodule easily with git submodule-rm path/to/submodule.
git-superpull Greg V's vmware-archive/git_scripts Pulls, then does a git submodule init and git submodule update
git-switch-branch Andrew Steele's dotfiles Make it easier to switch to a branch by a substring of its name. More useful if you are good about deleting branches which have been merged upstream and if your branch names include unique identifiers like ticket/issue numbers or feature names.
git-tag-and-sign ? Create and sign a new tag
git-tag-diff John Wiegley's git-scripts Show the differences between local tags and ones on the remote, if any
git-thanks Mislav Marohnić's dotfiles List the contributors to a repository in descending commit order, even if their contribution has been completely replaced.
git-track Zach Holman's dotfiles Sets up your branch to track a remote branch. Assumes you mean origin/localbranchname.
git-trail Leah Neukirchen's blog Show all branching points in the repository's git history so you can see how to reach commits in the current branch from other branches.
git-undelete ? Undeletes a file.
git-undo-push ? Undoes your last push to branch $1 of origin
git-undo ? Undoes your last commit but keeps the changes in place.
git-unpushed Zach Holman's dotfiles Show the diff of everything you haven't pushed to the origin remote yet
git-unreleased Mislav Marohnić's dotfiles Shows git commits since the last tagged version.
git-up Zach Holman's dotfiles Like git pull but show a short and sexy log of changes after merging or rebasing.
git-upstream-name Joe Block Print the name of the current branch's upstream.
git-upstream-sync Joe Block Fetches upstream/yourforkname and rebases it into your local fork, then pushes to your origin remote.
git-what-the-hell-just-happened Gary Bernhardt's dotfiles Show what just happened.
git-when-merged Michael Haggerty git-when-merged Find when a commit was merged into one or more branches.
git-where-pr Mislav Marohnić's dotfiles Opens the Pull Request on GitHub where a specified commit originated
git-where Mislav Marohnić's dotfiles Shows where a particular commit falls between releases.
git-whoami Peter Eisentraut Shows what username & email you have configured for the repository you're in
git-winner Garry Dolley Shows what authors have made the most commits, both by number of commits and by number of lines changed.
git-wordiness Noel Cower Shows how wordy people's commit messages are. Useful for shaming the folks who commit atrocities like git commit -m fixup
git-wtf William Morgan git-wtf displays the state of your repository in a readable, easy-to-scan format. It's useful for getting a summary of how a branch relates to a remote server, and for wrangling many topic branches.

Useful git aliases

Here are some helpful aliases for your ~/.gitconfig

alias Description
ahead-of-master = log --oneline origin/master..HEAD Show commits that haven't made it to master yet.
fetch-pull-requests = fetch origin '+refs/pull/*/head:refs/remotes/origin/pull/*' Fetch pull requests from GitHub so you can git checkout pull/123 and test them locally.
roots = log --all --oneline --decorate --max-parents=0 Show the root commits.
unpushed = log @{u}.. Show which commits have not been pushed to the tracking branch and are safe to amend/rebase.
work-in-progress = rebase -i @{u} Starts an interactive rebase of all the commits you haven't pushed yet. Handy for collapsing a bunch of work-in-progress snapshots into logical commits before pushing, without having to worry about accidentally squashing a commit someone else has already referred to.



  • A relatively recent version of git. The version of git Apple includes in macOS is very stale. You should really brew install git to get the current version if you're on macOS - if not for features, for security updates.
  • Python 3+
  • Ruby 2.2+


If you're using Zgenom:

  1. Add zgenom load unixorn/git-extra-commands to your .zshrc along with your other zgenom load commands.
  2. zgenom reset && zgenom save


If you're using Antigen:

  1. Add antigen bundle unixorn/git-extra-commands@main to your .zshrc where you've listed your other plugins.
  2. Close and reopen your Terminal/iTerm window to refresh context and use the plugin. Alternatively, you can run antigen bundle unixorn/git-extra-commands in a running shell to have antigen load the new plugin.


Fig adds apps, shortcuts, and autocomplete to your existing terminal.

Install git-extra-commands in just one click.


If you're using oh-my-zsh:

  1. Clone the repository into a new git-extra-commands directory in oh-my-zsh's plugin folder:

git clone $ZSH_CUSTOM/plugins/git-extra-commands

  1. Edit your ~/.zshrc and add git-extra-commands – same as clone directory – to the list of plugins to enable:

plugins=( ... git-extra-commands )

  1. Then, restart your terminal application to refresh context and use the plugin. Alternatively, you can source your current shell configuration:

source ~/.zshrc

Bash / Manual Installation

Nothing here actually requires you to use ZSH or zgen, that's just a convenient distribution method for anyone using a ZSH framework.

If you aren't using any ZSH frameworks, or if you're using bash, fish or another shell, do the following steps:

  1. git clone this repository
  2. Add cloneDirectory/bin to your $PATH in your shell's startup file.

Other useful git stuff

Articles / Blog posts / Books

External Git Utilities

  • bfg repo-cleaner - Removes large or troublesome blobs like git filter-branch does, but faster.
  • bitbucket-git-helpers - Helper scripts to allow you to create bitbucket PRs from a shell session.
  • blackbox - Tom Limoncelli open sourced the tool they use at Stack Exchange to use GPG to store secrets in a git repository.
  • branch-manager - ZSH plugin for branch management
  • commit-helper - A python script that helps you write commits following commit conventions.
  • diff-so-fancy - Better looking git diffs
  • gig - a CLI .gitignore generator
  • git ZSH plugin - A replacement for the stock oh-my-zsh git plugin. Provides quite a few useful aliases and functions that are more consistent in their naming that the relatively unintuitive ones in the stock plugin.
  • git-activity - Displays an activity graph (like the contribution graph on GitHub) for the current git repository and branch.
  • git-aliases.zsh - Peter Hurford's git plugin which you may prefer to the git plugin from oh-my-zsh.
  • git-also - Shows what files are most often committed with a given file in the repository.
  • git-amend - Bash script to amend older commits with staged changes.
  • git-branch-status - A git utility to make managing large number of branches either across many remotes easier. Branch status allows comparing all branches against their upstream or any arbitrary branch to show the number of commit differences.
  • git-branches - Prints the commit behind/ahead counts for branches.
  • git-bump - Hook scripts to automatically bump the version file in a repository
  • git-chart - A python script that builds charts from a git repository
  • git-clean-branch - Cleans up dead git branches.
  • git-cliff - git-cliff can generate changelog files from the Git history by utilizing conventional commits as well as regex-powered custom parsers. The changelog template can be customized with a configuration file to match the desired format.
  • git-complete-urls - ZSH plugin to enhance git tab completion to include in the remotes completion (e.g. from git clone) any URL in the clipboard.
  • git-crypt - Enables transparent encryption and decryption of files in a git repository. Files which you choose to protect are encrypted when committed, and decrypted when checked out.
  • git-deploy-s3 - Keeps your git repository's assets in sync with Amazon S3.
  • git-diffall - Provides a directory based diff mechanism for git.
  • git-extend - Extend git builtins with command wrappers.
  • git-fastclone - Think git clone --recursive on steroids. If you're doing repeated checkouts of a given repository on a machine (like a ci box), git-fastclone will speed things up considerably.
  • git-flow-completion - Bash, Fish and ZSH completion support for git-flow
  • git-follow - Follow lifetime changes of a pathspec.
  • git-fuzzy - A CLI interface to git that relies heavily on fzf.
  • git-graph - creates a Graphviz graph showing the high-level structure of a repository's history.
  • git-gutter - Plugin for Sublime Text 2/3 to display the git diff in the edit window gutter.
  • git-it-on.zsh - Another plugin by Peter Hurford that adds a gitit command that will open your current directory on github, in your current branch. Also works with private GitHub servers.
  • git-lint - Enforces git rebase workflow with consistent commits for a clean and easy to read/debug project history.
  • git-prompt-kit - A configurable set of components for creating feature rich, high performance Git-aware zsh prompts (aka themes) with minimal coding.
  • git-quick-stats - A simple and efficient way to access various statistics in a git repository.
  • git-repo-updater - Allows you to easily update multiple git repositories at once.
  • git-secrets - Prevents you from committing secrets and credentials into git repositories.
  • git-standup - Recall what you did on the last working day. Can work in a directory full of git repositories to see a consolidated view of all work in all the repositories.
  • git-stashd - Autostashing daemon for dirty worktrees.
  • git-submodule-tools - A collection of scripts that should help make life with git submodules easier.
  • git-sweep - A utility script to remove branches that have been merged to master.
  • git-todo - helper script to show all the todo entries in your repository.
  • git-up (gem) - Fetch and rebase all locally-tracked remote branches.
  • git-up (python) - Python implementation of Aanand's original ruby gem
  • git-wayback-machine - A simple script to quickly navigate a project's state through it's git history
  • git-worktree - ZSH plugin that wraps git worktree for ease of use.
  • git_history_visualizer - python script to visualize the history of files in a git repository
  • gitgo - Open a GitHub/Gitlab hosted repository in your browser via the command-line (macOS only).
  • gitsh - An interactive shell for git. From within gitsh you can issue any git command, even using your local aliases and configuration.
  • gunstage - There are at least eight ways to unstage files in a git repository. This is a command-line shell plugin for undoing git add.
  • hitch - Allows developers to be properly credited when Pair Programming and using git.
  • hub - A command-line tool that wraps git in order to extend it with extra features and commands that make working with GitHub easier.
  • igit - Interactively construct git commands using fzf.
  • joe - Generates .gitignore files from the command-line for you.
  • mergepbx - Helper script for merging XCode project files.
  • more-hooks-for-git - Adds extra hooks for git add, git diff and git status.
  • switch-git - Easy switching between git repositories. Just type sgr <some part of you repo's name>, press enter and you're there.
  • ugit - Lets you undo your last git operation.
  • worktree - Adds functions that wrap git worktree.
  • xcode-build-scripts - Helper scripts to use with XCode projects.

Miscellaneous Tips

Make it easier to check out default branch

Many repositories are switching away from using master as the default branch name. You can do git config --global '!'"git checkout \$(git branch -r | awk -F/ '/HEAD/ {print \$NF}')" to add a co-default alias that will determine what the repository's default branch is for you.

Alternatively, add the following aliases from a tweet by @jnesselr to your .gitconfig file:

cdef = "!git checkout $(git originhead)"
originhead = "!git remote show origin | grep 'HEAD branch' | cut -d ' ' -f5"

This queries the remote to get the current up to date default branch, so it will work even if the remote's default branch changes after you did your initial checkout.

Have git cope with typos

Do git config --global help.autocorrect 1

git will now try to figure out what you meant, for example:

$ git commt
WARNING: You called a Git command named 'commt', which does not exist.
Continuing in 0.1 seconds, assuming that you meant 'commit'.

Rewrite git:// with https://

git config --global url."https://github".insteadOf git://github

or replace with ssh

Use ssh instead of https://

git config --global url."".insteadOf ""

Credit: @grawity & @hansdg1 by way of Kovrinic


  • Please include an entry both in the credits section of for any scripts and a credit comment in the script itself in your PRs so authors get their work credited correctly.
  • Please use #!/usr/bin/env interpreter instead of a direct path to the interpreter, this makes it easier for people to use more recent versions when the ones packaged with their OS (macOS and CentOS, I'm looking at you!) are stale.


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