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gitcd is a little helper for continuous delivery workflows, using git as scm.

Installation of gitcd

Pre requisites

Gitcd is written in Python3. Most systems still deliver with Python2 as default. You need to install Python3 in order to run gitcd properly.


brew install python3

Ubuntu / Debian

sudo apt-get install python3 python3-pip

Installation of gitcd itself

Now you are ready to install gitcd itself, which is quite easy using pip.

pip3 install --user --upgrade gitcd

Trouble using git-cd?

If the command “git-cd” or “git cd” is not available now, you probably need to add the pip binary path to your $PATH variable.


Open ~/.bash_profile in your favorite editor and add the following lines at the end of the file.

Replace <python-version> with your currently installed python version

if [ -d "$HOME/Library/Python/<python-version>/bin" ] ; then

Ubuntu / Debian

Open ~/.profile in your favorite editor and add the following lines at the end of the file.

if [ -d "$HOME/.local/bin" ] ; then

Argument Completion

Gitcd supports argument completion, to activate it execute the following steps.


Under OSX it isn’t that simple unfortunately. Global completion requires bash support for complete -D, which was introduced in bash 4.2. On OS X or older Linux systems, you will need to update bash to use this feature. Check the version of the running copy of bash with echo $BASH_VERSION. On OS X, install bash via Homebrew (brew install bash), add /usr/local/bin/bash to /etc/shells, and run chsh to change your shell.

You might consider reading the docs for argcomplete

Activate Global argcomplete

You are now ready to activate global argcompletion for python with the following command.


CLI Usage of gitcd

For convenience, you can call gitcd as a git sub command as well as directly. Therefore, you can replace “git cd” in any of the following commands with “git-cd” if you like it more.

Note: Python argument completion wont work if you use it as a git sub command!

Initializing gitcd

First of all you probably want to initialize one of your local git repositories with gitcd. Change directory to one of your local git repositories and run git-cd init. Most of the values should be very self-explanatory. Still, here is a complete list of values you can pass.

  • Branch name for production releases?

    • This is the branch git-cd is creating a tag from if you execute the release command, you probably want to go with master here.

  • Branch name for feature development?

    • This is more kind of a prefix for feature branches, it is empty by default. If you wish your feature branch has a name like feature/my-new-feature, you can set this prefix to feature/.

  • Branch name for test releases?

    • Pass your branch name where you want to merge code into while executing git-cd test. Let it empty if you don’t want to use that feature. At work, we have this for many repositories set to test.

  • Version tag prefix?

    • Prefix for your release tags, this is v by default which would result in a tag equals to v0.0.1 for example.

  • Version type? You can either set your tag number manually, read it from a version file or generate it by date.

    • This is about how git-cd release gets your current version number you want to release.

      • manual means you’ll get asked to enter the version number by hand

      • file means gitcd reads the version number from a file, you’ll be asked from which file in the next step

      • date means you generate a version number from a date scheme, you’ll be asked for the scheme later. As a date version scheme, you can pass any directive for

  • Do you want to execute some additional commands after a release?

  • Do you want to execute some additional commands before a release?

    • This is useful if you want to execute any cli script before creating a tag, for example, if you want to modify any file in your git tree where you want to add the current version number.

git cd init

The image below represents the configuration for gitcd itself.

git cd init

Check current version

You want to know which version of gitcd you are currently running?

git cd version
git cd version

Upgrade gitcd itself

Gitcd is able to check your local version with the one published on pypi and upgrade itself if you wish so.

git cd upgrade
git cd upgrade

Clean up local branches

The tool is able to cleanup all local branches which doesn’t exist on remotes. This is done with the clean command.

git cd clean
git cd clean

Start a new feature

Starts a new feature branch from your master branch. If you don’t pass a branch name, you will be asked later.

git cd start <branchname>
git cd start

Updating a feature with the master branch

Merges the remote master branch into your current feature branch. If you don’t pass a branch name, your current branch will be taken.

git cd refresh <branchname>
git cd refresh

Testing a feature

You might have a testing environment or want to run some integration test on a shared or common branch without the need to push out your feature with the next release. Therefore you can’t merge it into the master. That’s exactly why the git-cd test command exists. You might even have some dedicated tester checking the new feature on this specific branch. So to merge your new feature into your testing branch you call this command, if you don’t pass a branch name, your current feature branch will be merged.

git cd test <branchname>
git cd test

Open a pull request for code review

Opens a pull request to your master branch. If you don’t pass a branch name, your current branch will be taken.

git cd review <branchname>
git cd review

See the status of a pull request

You can see the status of a pull request directly in the command line. If you don’t pass a branch name, your current branch will be taken.

git cd status <branchname>
git cd status

Finish a feature branch

If your pull request got approved by a fellow developer and all your tests were running properly, you probably want to merge your feature into the master branch. If you don’t pass a branch name, your current branch will be taken.

git cd finish <branchname>
git cd finish

Compare different branches or tags

By now, your code is in the master branch. Personally, I always like to see what I am going to release by comparing the current branch (which is master after the finish) against the latest tag. If you don’t pass a branch or tag name, the latest tag will be taken.

git cd compare <branchname>||<tagname>
git cd compare

Release a new version

Now your feature is merged and you made sure you know the changes going out, you are ready to ship it. This command creates a new tag from the master branch and executes any command you’ve setup in the initialize command.

git cd release
git cd release

Known Issues

If you discover any bugs, feel free to create an issue on GitHub or fork this repository and send us a pull request.

Issues List.



  1. Fork it

  2. Add this repository as an origin (git remote add upstream

  3. Create your feature branch (git cd start my-new-feature)

  4. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')

  5. Push to the branch (git push origin feature/my-new-feature)

  6. Create new Pull Request against upstream (git cd review my-new-feature)


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