I recently installed Hub, a command line wrapper for git that pairs nicely with GitHub. Hub makes it easier to fetch repositories, navigate project pages and fork repos from the command line.
For Mac, installation is simple; if you have Brew installed, it’s as easy as typing
brew install hub in the command line. From there, type
alias git=hub, then test it out:
git version => git version 1.7.9 => hub version 1.11.0
If you see anything like the above, then it works!
Hub makes managing GitHub through the command line a LOT simpler. Take a look at some ways Hub can improve your workflow:
Say you want to clone one of your projects (dotfiles, for instance). Instead of
git clone git://github.com/YOUR_USER/dotfiles.git, you can simply type
git clone dotfiles. If you’ve already configured git, Hub already knows who you are, so it smartly fetches your dotfiles repo from the server.
If you want to clone somebody else’s project, add the user’s name before the project like this:
git clone another_user/dotfiles.
Say you want to look at all of the current project’s issues… Just type
git browse -- issues while in a project.
“How will this help me as an open source contributor?” you might ask. Good question! Here’s an example workflow:
git clone github/hub cd hub # create topic branch git checkout -b ds-feature # making changes... git commit -m "feature complete!" # fork the repo git fork # push changes to remote git push YOUR_USER ds-feature # open pull request from your branch git pull-request
That was easy! There’s a lot more that Hub does, so I’d suggest reading the documentation neatly laid out at https://hub.github.com. In my opinion, Hub not only saves keystrokes, but makes understanding a typical GitHub workflow a lot easier to wrap your brain around. Try it today!