Never Forgit

A collection of our blog posts about git, git aliases and everything git.


For the following aliases we’re going to define shell functions inside of an alias and call them directly afterwards.


rbb = "!f() { git rebase -i HEAD~$1; }; f"

Interactive rebase by the amount of commits passed through the first argument. Using git rbb 3 in a project with at least three commits will leave you in your editor of choice with something like this:

interactive rebase alias


There are many different options when it comes to customizing git log. Some of the most common options are passed using flags like --graph or --decorate, but the main differentiator is --pretty. Here are some of ours, with screenshots to showcase them:

pretty git log alias --pretty=format:'%h %ad | %s%d [%an]'

pretty git log alias --pretty=format:'%C(bold blue)%h%C(reset) - %C(bold green)(%ar)%C(reset) %C(white)%s%C(reset) %C(dim white)- %an%C(reset)%C(auto)%d%C(reset)'

Extensive documentation on how to build your own --pretty line can be found here. An example of a finished git log alias could be:

lg = git log --graph --abbrev-commit --decorate --pretty=format:'%h %ad | %s%d [%an]'

Pull requests

If you’ve installed the hub CLI (and here’s how to do that), you can add the following alias to your toolbelt:

pr = !hub pull-request

In case you’re wondering, that ! at the start of the alias tells git that the command has to be run by the shell.