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Why I use emojis in my Git commits

rmarting profile image Jose Roman Martin Gil Originally published at blog.jromanmartin.io on ・2 min read

We use Emojis every day in different channels like Telegram, Slack, WhatsApp, Google Chats, … They are a fast way to communicate in this visual world. So I use them too in my git commits in the same way.

Around one year ago I started to use them after collaborate in a repo where some colleagues used emojis to give a visual summary of the commits. In my homuilde opinion writing git commit messages is an art that I am not doing well in many cases. Emojis help me to reduce the commit message and also add a visual message for others.

The UI of the most common and extended Git SCM integrates the emojis when you are browsing the repo, and the experience as a user is more clear, visual, fun and easy to follow. I used in different SCM such as:

  • GitHub: Full integrated 🌟.
  • GitLab: Very well integrated ⭐.
  • Bitbucket: Very bad integration, but my commits have emojis 😁.
  • Gitea: Enough integration (but I did few commits) 😋.
  • Gogs: Enough integration (but I did few commits) 😋.

Your repo could have a look and feel similar to:

Nice, right?

So after this time using them, I could conclude that the main reasons to continue is:

  • Be Cool? Hipster? Not at all
  • Simple visualization of the status of the repo
  • Funny documentation and easy to follow (not only in commits)
  • Simple and direct messages
  • Can I do it? Go ahead

Top List of emojis

The full list of emojis is so large, but after some time I have a top list of the most common emojis in my daily development.

I could summarize my top list of emojis in:

  • 🎉 :tada:: Everything starts with the first commit.
  • 📝 :memo:: Documentation is important in any project.
  • :sparkles:: Adding new features in your project.
  • 🐛 :bug:: Fixing your code … not always is working fine.
  • 🔥 :fire:: Removing things.
  • 🔖 :bookmark:: Releasing a version
  • ⬇️ ⬆️ :arrow_down: :arrow_up:: Managing your dependencies versions.
  • ♻️ :recycle:: Refactoring code.
  • 🔧 :wrench:: Configuring the project.
  • 🔀 :twisted_rightwards_arrows:: Merging branches.
  • 🚚 :truck:: Moving or renaming resources.
  • 💡 :bulb:: Comments in the source code are always needed
  • 🙈 :see_no_evil:: You don’t need to track everything (.gitignore is here)
  • 🗑️ :wastebasket:: Deprecating or cleaning code

Choose your own ones.

Tools

I know that it is very hard to learn all the emojis available, however there are some useful tools to help you.

From my personal experience, I 💘 gitmoji-cli by Carlos Cuesta. This is a simple, and easy CLI to add emojis in your commits. This tool includes helpers, searches to choose the right emoji before your commit or when your are committing:

The git repo has everything you need to start to use it.

Happy committing !!! 🍻👷

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