Nick Ebbitt

Git aliases

21 Aug 2017

1 min

Git aliases are a cool feature. With a little config you can power up your Git command line.

Here a few I have configured that make my day-to-day use of Git much nicer.


This alias saves me typing a few characters (I’m lazy): status

I can then save my fingers some effort by writing git st to quickly check the status of repo.


I have the following alias configured that I use in place of the standard git log command:

alias.lg1=log --graph --abbrev-commit --decorate --format=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(bold yellow)%d%C(reset)' --all
alias.lg2=log --graph --abbrev-commit --decorate --format=format:'%C(bold blue)%h%C(reset) - %C(bold cyan)%aD%C(reset) %C(bold green)(%ar)%C(reset)%C(bold yellow)%d%C(reset)%n''          %C(white)%s%C(reset) %C(dim white)- %an%C(reset)' --all
alias.lg=!git lg1

Running git lg produces the following output which is much nicer than the default:

git lg

pull & rebase

When developing changes on a local branch, prior to pushing to the remote repo I will generally rebase against master. To achieve this I also need to pull master first. As I do this regularly I’ve wrapped it in the following alias:

alias.prom=pull --rebase origin master

This allows me to simply run git prom to get my branch bang up-to-date.

I’d be interested to hear of any others people are using.