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Some things I’ve collected over time

Git Terminal Tricks

I develop on Mac OS X and do my Git stuff in Terminal but I often found myself cursing at two things:

  • Doing git status or git branch just to know which branch was active
  • Doing git checkout dTab in the hopes of getting git checkout develop

This might be horribly obvious to some people and don’t ask me why, but only after months of cursing at this, I decided to Google these two things and make my Git life easier.

Git auto-complete

For the auto-complete, I found this stackexchange question: git auto-complete for branches at the command line?. Michael Durrant’s answer is surprisingly simple, but works just fine: download a git-autocomplete bash script and call it in your ~/.bash_profile file.

curl -o ~/.git-completion.bash

Edit (or create) your ~/.bash_profile file with your favorite editor (Vim, Nano or maybe even Sublime?) and paste the following:

if [ -f ~/.git-completion.bash ]; then
    . ~/.git-completion.bash

Note that this not only works for branches. If you do git TabTab (note the space after git), you get a list of all git sub-commands. git blTab would auto-complete to git blame.

Displaying branch names in Terminal

To display branch names in terminal (next to the current directory), I used a solution found here. Simply copy/paste the following lines in the same ~/.bash_profile as before

parse_git_branch() {
    git branch 2> /dev/null | sed -e '/^[^*]/d' -e 's/* \(.*\)/ (\1)/'
export PS1="\u@\h \W\[\033[32m\]\$(parse_git_branch)\[\033[00m\] $ "


  • If you already have a PS1 variable, just add the \$(parse_git_branch) somewhere in there.
  • \[\033[32m\] sets the color of the branch name to green. \[\033[00m\] sets everything back to black. To change the color of the branch name, change the 2 in the [32m\] bit. You can find the color codes on Wikipedia.
  • You do not need to restart Terminal or anything for the changes to take effect, just do source ~/.bash_profile.