Blaze through commits with git aliases

October 19, 2018 - 2 min read

When you're forced to stop and make a commit after reaching a milestone, sometimes using Git can feel like a crutch rather than a tool. If you sharpen your commit tool to the point where committing is a breeze, you can have more organized code with less chance of losing work.

Save More than a Few Keystrokes

Here's an example of a quick commit with aliases for git status, git add ., and git commit --message.

Git aliases example
Streamline your workflow to be faster and more productive.


  • git status becomes gs
  • git add . becomes gaa
  • git commit -m becomes gcm

Other examples:

  • git checkout -b becomes gcob
  • git commit --amend --no-edit becomes gcane
  • git log --oneline --decorate becomes gll

You can also make shortcuts for any Git command or any other terminal command.

How to Add Aliases

Simply add the following to your .bashrc file.

  1. Navigate to your home directory cd ~.
  2. Enter ls -a and you should see a file called .bashrc. (or .bash_profile if you don't have .bashrc)
  3. Open the file with open .bashrc or nano .bashrc.
  4. Paste in the following, making changes as needed.
#Aliases - general
alias c='clear'

# Alias - git
alias ga='git add'
alias gaa='git add .'
alias gb='git branch'
alias gc='git commit'
alias gcm='git commit --message'
alias gl='git log'
alias glo='git log --oneline --decorate'
alias gld='git log --pretty=format:"%h %ad %s" --date=short --all'
alias gs='git status'
alias gco='git checkout'
alias gcob='git checkout -b'
alias gd='git diff'
alias gds='git diff --staged'
alias gcane='git commit --amend --no-edit'

All new windows will have these aliases enabled. You can also run . ~/.bashrc in an existing window/tab to enable them.

Bonus - Add Colors and Features

If you like to add more features and colors to terminal, check out Bash-Git-Prompt which can be installed with Homebrew.

Example of Bash-Git-Prompt features

Additional Resources

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