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Tame your development cycle.


Gitcycle is a git wrapper that makes working on a team easy.

It assumes you are using pull requests along side GitHub Issues.

It connects to email, Lighthouse, and Campfire if you want it to.

Get Started

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The gitc command does everything git does, but with some extra features.

Try using gitc for everything. It should just work.

Branch From Ticket

First, checkout the branch that you will eventually merge your code into:

gitc checkout [BRANCH]

Type gitc branch + your ticket URL to create a new branch:

gitc branch

To collaborate with another user, use a full path when prompted:

Q: What branch would you like to eventually merge into?
A: user/branch


Use gitc pull without parameters. It knows what you're trying to do.

gitc pull

If you're working on a ticket branch, it will automatically pull the latest code from upstream.


Commit all changes and open commit message in EDITOR:

gitc commit

Ticket number and name are prefilled if present.


Use gitc push without parameters. It knows what you're trying to do.

gitc push


After pushing some commits, put the code up for discussion:

gitc discuss


When the branch is ready for code review:

gitc ready

This will label the pull request as "Pending Review".

Code Review

Periodically check for "Pending Review" issues on GitHub.


gitc review pass [GITHUB ISSUE #] [...]

Label the issue "Pending QA".


gitc review fail [GITHUB ISSUE #] [...]

Label the issue "Fail".

Quality Assurance

Periodically check for "Pending QA" issues on Github.

Create QA Branch

gitc qa [GITHUB ISSUE #] [...]

Now you have a QA branch containing all commits from the specified Github issue numbers.


gitc qa fail [GITHUB ISSUE #]

Label the issue with "Fail" and regenerate the QA branch without the failing issue.


gitc qa pass

Label all issues "Pass" and the merge the QA branch into target branch.

Immediate Pass

gitc checkout [TARGET BRANCH]
gitc qa pass [GITHUB ISSUE #] [...]

Immediately merge issue into the target branch.


See who is QA'ing what:

gitc qa


From Ticket

Checkout a branch from a ticket URL:

gitc checkout [TICKET URL]

Upstream Branch

Gitcycle automatically knows if you are checking out an upstream branch:

gitc checkout [BRANCH]


  • gitc ready - issue already closed, will open a new issue Nice to haves:
  • gitc branch [lh]
  • gitc branch [gitissue]
  • gitc ready # switch me back to rc or master

  • Conflict recording not working

  • gitc qa pass [issue] should use a qa_rc_tongueroo_temp branch so it doesnt blow away the changes in the qa_rc_tongueroo branch
  • gitc qa pass (all), doesnt update lighthouse to state pending-approval
  • Add comment on lighthouse with issue URL
  • Multiple issues with one lighthouse tickets, wont update lh states
  • Collab fork should change gitc ready to auo merge to the parent fork. gitc pull should pull from br and parent fork. gitc push should push to your same fork. Lighthouse ticket changes to pending-qa if ticket is not the same as the parent.
  • gitc pull is not merging in br/rc
  • gitc push # when I'm a 'Both' person pushs to origin which is br, I still feel this should push to the fork directly. Example here:
  • Hook to run after gitc qa pass, so I can write a script for amit that will auto merge master into rc
  • gitc merge chrisped/branch-with-reverts # to quickly revert changes
  • Label issues with ticket milestone
  • Issues aren't assigned to people
  • Add comment on lighthouse with issue URL
  • On pass or fail, send email to Github email
  • Note you can use gitc with a string (and get this working)
  • gitc qa pass, should not set ticket to pending-approval if its already resolved
  • If gitc redo happens on branch with Github issue, close the existing issue
  • Instead of detecting CONFLICT, use error status $? != 0
  • gitc ready - possibly do syntax checks $ gitc st - shortcut
  • issues aren't assigned to people
  • There's still a Tagging Issue I tried to fix parseLabel , Pass should remove Pending, but remove the Branch Name
  • gitc qa pass 1234 # doesnt update lighthouse and screws up git issue tags
  • [issue number] it marks it pending-qa and failed.. not correct. I'll take a look at this over the weekend -Tung
  • gitc qa clean # to clean up old branches
  • gitc qa pass # if ticket resolved, it should stay resolved
  • gitc ready # if pull requests already created, it should prompt and explain that a new branch and issue is being created, consider effect of multiple developers
  • fail should change to inactive
  • If feature branch changed between QA branch creation and QA merge, alert QA engineer
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