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How to Display the Current git Branch on the Command Line

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August 24, 2023
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When you’re using git routinely, it’s helpful to know which branch you’re currently on without having to type git status or git branch.

Fortunately, there’s a convenient way to add your current git branch to your command line prompt. For help with remote branches, check out this guide on how to check out a remote branch.

1 – Open your .bashrc to edit

The .bashrc file contains many of your bash settings. You can open the file to edit using your command line text editor of choice. The file should be located in your home directory.

vim ~/.bashrc

2 – Add the following to your .bashrc

function parse_git_branch () {
  git branch 2> /dev/null | sed -e '/^[^*]/d' -e 's/* \(.*\)/ (\1)/'
PS1="$GREEN\u@\h$NO_COLOR:\w$YELLOW\$(parse_git_branch)$NO_COLOR\$ "

You can add this to the end. Then save and close.

3 – Source your .bashrc

If you’re in a folder with an initialized git repo, you can source your bashrc file and see the difference.

source ~/.bashrc

How to Set up Git Tab Completion

howchoo   (467)
November 26, 2023

Tab completion, or auto-completion, is essential if you’re using Git on the command line. Tab completion is a nice feature of many shells that allows you to complete a word by hitting tab. In this case, we want to be able to use tab completion for things like branches and tags in git. Fortunately, setting

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