Seeing which Git branch I’m on via my console prompt (__git_ps1)


I like knowing which Git branch I’m currently in. I use the git-ps1 function feature that comes with git-core. If you clone or download the git source:


There is a file in the contrib/completion folder called git-completion.bash:

~/code/git/contrib/completion<span class="o">(</span>master<span class="o">)</span> > ls
total 96
-rwxr-xr-x  1 user  staff    44K Apr 14 15:26 git-completion.bash

I copy this file to my $HOME folder as .git-completion.bash and then reference it and the ps1 propt feature in my .bashrc file

<span class="nb">source</span> ~/.git-completion.bash
<span class="nb">export </span><span class="nv">PS1</span><span class="o">=</span><span class="s1">'w$(__git_ps1 "(%s)") > '</span>

And now whenever I cd into a folder that is a Git repository I see something like the following prompt:

~/gitosis-admin<span class="o">(</span>master<span class="o">)</span> >

Notice the (master) notation. That is telling me I’m on the master branch. It’s just easier than issuing a “git branch” command everytime I want to know.

I know there are many other configurations out there, but I like to use the simplest thing that works.


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4 Responses to Seeing which Git branch I’m on via my console prompt (__git_ps1)

  1. @Daniel – you should check out Posh-Git. it’s a very complete powershell git integration.

  2. @Daniel



    Thanks for the info. I’d heard about it, but hadn’t looked yet.

  3. 3KWA says:

    missing in front of w