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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 need to be compiled against each other, it helps to see their status together. I also hate to change directories to execute git commands.

gita screenshot

Here the colors denote the 5 situations between local and remote branches:

  • white: local branch has no remote branch
  • green: local branch is the same as remote branch
  • red: local branch has diverged from remote branch
  • purple: local branch is ahead of remote branch (good for push)
  • yellow: local branch is behind remote branch (good for merge)

The choice of purple for ahead and yellow for behind is motivated by blueshift and redshift, using green as baseline.

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
  • gita rm <repo-name>: remove repo from gita (won't remove repo from disk)
  • gita ls: display the status 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 ~/.config/gita/repo_path).

The delegated git sub-commands are

  • gita branch <repo-name(s)>: show local branches for the specified repo(s)
  • gita clean <repo-name(s)>: remove untracked files/folders for the specified repo(s)
  • gita diff <repo-name(s)>: show differences for the specified repo(s)
  • gita difftool <repo-name(s)>: show differences with tool for the specified repo(s)
  • gita fetch [repo-name(s)]: fetch remote updates for the specified repo(s) or all repos if not specified
  • gita log <repo-name(s)>: show log of the specified repo(s)
  • gita merge <repo-name(s)>: merge remote updates for the specified repo(s)
  • gita patch <repo-name(s)>: make a patch for the specified repo(s)
  • gita pull [repo-name(s)]: pull remote updates for the specified repo(s) or all repos if not specified
  • gita push <repo-name(s)>: push local updates of the specified repo(s) to remote
  • gita remote <repo-name(s)>: show remote settings of the specified repo(s)
  • gita reflog <repo-name(s)>: show ref logs of the specified repo(s)
  • gita stat <repo-name(s)>: show repo(s) edit statistics
  • gita status <repo-name(s)>: show repo(s) status

Delegation details are specified in cmds.yml. For example, gita stat <repo-name(s)> is registered as

  cmd: diff --stat
  help: show edit statistics

which executes git diff --stat.


Custom git commands/aliases can be placed in $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/gita/cmds.yml (most likely ~/.config/gita/cmds.yml). And they shadow the default ones in the case of name clashes.

If you want the custom command to behave like gita fetch, i.e., to apply command to all repos if nothing is specified, set the allow_all option to be true. For example, adding the following block to $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/gita/cmds.yml creates a new command gita comaster [repo-name(s)] with optional repo name input.

  cmd: checkout master
  allow_all: true
  help: checkout the master branch

Superman mode

The superman mode delegates any git command/alias for specified or all repo(s). Usage:

gita super [repo-name(s)] <command/alias>

Here repo-name(s) is optional. If absent, it applies to all repos. For example,

  • gita super myrepo1 commit -am 'fix a bug' executes git commit -am 'fix a bug' for myrepo1
  • gita super checkout master puts all repos on the master branch (also see the customization example)
  • gita super frontend_repo backend_repo checkout new-feature puts the two chosen repos on the new-feature branch


Gita requires Python 3.6 or higher (due to the use of f-string).


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 .bashrc file.

alias gita="python3 -m gita"


To contribute, you can

  • report/fix bugs
  • request/implement features
  • star/recommend this project

To run tests locally, simply pytest, or make.

Other multi-repo tools

I haven't tried them but I heard good things about them.

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