Besides VSCode, git is probably the most used tool in my toolbox. Over the years I've learned that there are a few common git commands that I always repeat, so I created some sensible aliases to help me move faster. I wanted to share these aliases with any folks here that might find them helpful.
By far the most frequently used alias is my alias to
git status. I aliased
git status to
The normal command for staging files for a commit is
git add -A or
git add . or
git add some/file/name.ts. I created an alias for it simply to
Simmilarly to git add, I also created an alias for git commit. The typical command is
git commit or
git commit -m <COMMIT_MSG>, I aliased
git commit to
git commit -m to
gcm. Now you can type out a commit message like
gcm "some cool messsage"
For git diff I added two aliases. First is
gd which is an alias to
git diff. However I also have
gdc which is aliased to
git diff --cached, for viewing diffs after you have staged your files.
I also aliased
git push to
gp. Not much more to say here.
For quickly checking out branches I aliased
git checkout to
gco. For new branches I also created a
gcob alias that does
git checkout -b.
For quickly listing branches I aliased
git branch to
Besides being much faster to type out, another benefit of these aliases is that you can still use flags like normally. Say you want to push a new branch to a remote. Without aliases it would look like this:
git push -u origin my_branch. But with aliases I can simply type
gp -u origin my_branch, not a significant savings but when you type the command out thousands of times, it starts to make a difference.
While there are many ways you can create a git alias, I did it in the most simple way by just adding an alias to my
.bashrc. Here are all the aliases I mentioned in this post
alias gst='git status' alias ga='git add -A' alias gc='git commit' alias gcm='git commit -m' alias gd='git diff' alias gdc='git diff --cached' alias gp='git push' alias gco='git checkout' alias gcob='git checkout -b' alias gb='git branch'
If you want to give these a test drive, paste this code block directly into your terminal and it will enable these aliases for the current session. If you like them you can then add it to your
.zshrc / etc.
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