Bash ~ never forget to git commit again πŸ’₯

Are you:

  • βœ… Tired of failing to git commit
  • βœ… Sick of having staged changes
  • βœ… Colleagues complaining they're missing code
  • βœ… Angry because your laptop fried, and you didn't commit?

Then this article is for you!

Today we will be making a bash script that we can run at the end of our day. It will loop through our project directory and tell us the following statistics per project:

  • Is it a git repo
  • Did you forget to commit something
  • Do we have unstated changes

Have a look at hacking your morning routine!

It will look like this:

Bash to show git status

Bash git commit prompt script

Today we'll be looking at a single bash script. I'm going through this section by section. At the end I'll link it on GitHub for you to download.

We will start by defining our variables

Change the DIR to your project folder.


Then we need to loop over each subdirectory in our projects folder.

for dir in $DIR*
    // Loop here

Then inside the loop, we need first to check if it's a directory we are checking:

if [[ -d $dir ]]; then
    // Yes I'm a directory

You can see we check the dir based on the -d (directory)

If it's a directory, we can work with it:

We'll cd into the directory and define an empty message.

cd $dir

Then we check if it's a git project. If it's not a git project we change our message.

if [ -d "$GITBASED" ]; then
        // Git based!
    // Not a valid git project
    MSG=": Not a valid git project πŸ‘€"

If it is a git project, we will first define a test variable that will execute git status.

TEST=$(git status $dir);

Our variable TEST now contains the return value of git status now we will use some if...else statements to check if it contains certain substrings:

if [[ $TEST == *"nothing to commit"* ]]; then
    MSG=": No changes βœ…"
// Check if git status has unstaged changes
elif [[ $TEST == *"Changes not staged for commit"* ]]; then
    MSG=": Unstaged changes πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ"
// Check if git status has uncommitted changes
elif [[ $TEST == *"Untracked files"* ]]; then
    MSG=": You forgot to commit some files 😑"

And lastly, we will echo the message prefixed with he project name and change back a directory.

echo ${dir##*/}$MSG
cd ..

That's it!

If we run our script, we will get all lines per project folder with the status.

Run it with: sh

No more reasons to forget your commits!

Find the project on my GitHub afterwork.

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Alyssa Holland's photo

This article is reminding me of how much I really want to learn bash scripting. It’s really cool to see that you can do things like this with scripts. Thanks for sharing!

Chris Bongers's photo

Thank you Alyssa! Bash is amazing, and quite easy actually. Very simple commands.

Give it a try with something like this πŸ”₯

Prateek Aher's photo

Shell scripting really comes in handy.

Chris Bongers's photo

Shell is amazing, I use if for a lot of small things, cleaning up download folders and finding junk stuff in my mac etc. 🀟

piyu jain's photo

πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯Super cool work. One request... Related to before work script... Take a pull if any changes.

Chris Bongers's photo

Darn, that is a good idea! Actually thinking of making a desktop app that does all of this πŸ¦‰

Mohd Shad Mirza's photo

Bookmarked. πŸ₯‡

Chris Bongers's photo

Thank you Mohd, that means a lot to me! πŸ”₯