Manage multiple git repos
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Gita: a command-line tool to manage multiple git repos
This tool does two things
- display the status of multiple git repos such as branch, modification, commit message side by side
- delegate git commands/aliases from any working directory
If several repos compile together, it helps to see their status together too. I also hate to change directories to execute git commands.
Here the branch color distinguishes 5 situations between local and remote branches:
- white: local has no remote
- green: local is the same as remote
- red: local has diverged from remote
- purple: local is ahead of remote (good for push)
- yellow: local is behind remote (good for merge)
The additional status symbols denote
+: staged changes
*: unstaged changes
_: untracked files/folders
The bookkeeping sub-commands are
gita add <repo-path(s)>: add repo(s) to
gita rm <repo-name(s)>: remove repo(s) from
gita(won't remove files from disk)
gita ll: display the status of all repos
gita ls: display the names of all repos
gita ls <repo-name>: display the absolute path of one repo
gita -v: display gita version
Repo paths are saved in
$XDG_CONFIG_HOME/gita/repo_path (most likely
The delegating sub-commands are of two formats
gita <sub-command> [repo-name(s)]: optional repo input, and no input means all repos.
gita <sub-command> <repo-name(s)>: required repo name(s) input
By default, only
pull take optional input.
If more than one repos are specified, the git command will run asynchronously,
with the exception of
mergetool, which require non-trivial user input.
Custom delegating sub-commands can be defined in
And they shadow the default ones if name collisions exist.
Default delegating sub-commands are defined in
gita stat <repo-name(s)> is registered as
stat: cmd: diff --stat help: show edit statistics
git diff --stat.
If the delegated git command is a single word, the
cmd tag can be omitted.
push for an example.
To disable asynchronous execution, set the
disable_async tag to be
difftool for an example.
If you want a custom command to behave like
gita fetch, i.e., to apply
command to all repos if nothing is specified,
allow_all option to be
For example, the following snippet creates a new command
gita comaster [repo-name(s)] with optional repo name input.
comaster: cmd: checkout master allow_all: true help: checkout the master branch
The superman mode delegates any git command/alias. Usage:
gita super [repo-name(s)] <any-git-command-with-or-without-options>
repo-name(s) is optional, and absence means all repos.
gita super checkout masterputs all repos on the master branch
gita super frontend-repo backend-repo commit -am 'implement a new feature'executes
git commit -am 'implement a new feature'for
Under the hood, gita uses subprocess to run git commands/aliases.
Thus the installed git version may matter.
I have git
2.20.1 on my machines, and
their results agree.
To install the latest version, run
pip3 install -U gita
If development mode is preferred, download the source code and run
pip3 install -e <gita-source-folder>
In either case, calling
gita in terminal may not work,
then you can put the following line in the
alias gita="python3 -m gita"
Windows users may need to enable the ANSI escape sequence in terminal, otherwise the branch color won't work. See this stackoverflow post for details.
and source it in
To contribute, you can
- report/fix bugs
- request/implement features
- star/recommend this project
To run tests locally, simply
More implementation details are in
Other multi-repo tools
I haven't tried them but I heard good things about them.