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Handy Git Shortcuts (Aliases) and How to Set Them Up

morinoko profile image Felice Forby ・1 min read

If you’re using git, these handy short codes will speed up your workflow. The following are the basic abbreviated git commands that are recommended on the git website. I'm always forgetting how to do this when I need to set up git on new computer so posting this as a reference.

  • co for checkout
  • br for branch
  • ci for commit
  • st for status

How to Set Up

To set up an alias, you use the git config command with the --global tag so that it applies to all of your git repositories.

$ git config --global alias.<YOUR CHOSEN SHORTCUT> <THE ORIGINAL GIT COMMAND>
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So to set up the basic shortcuts I mentioned above, open your terminal and put in the following:

$ git config --global alias.co checkout
$ git config --global alias.br branch
$ git config --global alias.ci commit
$ git config --global alias.st status
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Now your all set to go! You can use co in place of checkout and so on. For example, for git commit, you can now do something like this:

git ci -m "add CSS styles"
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See the official git documentation here.

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Gopi Ravi

Interesting. Was thinking it's gonna be terminal aliases. Didn't know git aliases were a thing. Will attempt it today. Thank you

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Felice Forby Author

Yeah, they are really handy. I feel like it speeds up my workflow a lot. If you do a bit more research, you can find a lot more suggestions for convenient aliases that other developers use too!

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Andrew MacGinitie

nice! I <3 me some 2-letter commands ;-) thanks!

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Felice Forby Author

You are welcome! Thanks for reading!